Sunday, October 07, 2007

Torah U'Madda Comment from a Correspondent

Rabbi Bechhofer,

When talking about Shoftim 7:25, you quote Rav Tzadok who says the
raven is a harbinger of bad news. I know this idea exists in goyish
culture in general, but there is a particular secular reference that
immediately came to mind. I thought I would share it with you.

In J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Theoden of
Rohan calls Gandalf "Stormcrow" while under the spell of Grima

You have ever been a herald of woe. Troubles follow you like
crows, and ever the oftener the worse . . . . Here you come again!
And with you come evils worse than before, as might be expected. Why
should I welcome you, Gandalf Stormcrow? Tell me that.

The Two Towers: "The King of the Golden Hall", p. 117.

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