By Melchior Mbonimpa
Dans les collines verdoyantes de l’Afrique des Grands Lacs, le système des castes impose à des humains autrefois libres les stigmates de l’effroi. Réduits au rang de serfs ou de parias, agriculteurs et chasseurs sont résignés à leur style. Mais sur son lit de mort, Karanda ordonne à ses fils de fuir los angeles terre de servitude. Il leur lègue un totem, le sanglier, et leur interdit d’emprunter des vaches et de se mettre à l. a. merci des pasteurs.
Après l’avoir porté en terre, les fils de Karanda se dispersent de nuit et partent à los angeles recherche d’une terre qui ne sera ni octroyée ni révocable. Pendant des siècles, le testomony de Karanda est transmis par le poème généalogique, jusqu’au jour où le totem du sanglier devient le signe de ralliement d’une fraternité décidée à en finir avec l. a. guerre des castes et à instaurer une paix sturdy. Dans « Le totem des Baranda », l’obsession de l. a. liberté se nourrit du mythe, de l. a. nostalgie, de l’utopie, mais aussi, de bouleversantes histoires d’amour.
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4 LOTR, Appendices. 5 UT, p. 240. 6 UT, p. 189. 7 Letters, p. 242. 8 The Hobbit, chapter 8. 9 Ibid. chapter 10. 10 Ibid. 11 Letters, pp. 185-6. 12 Letters, p. 188. 13 Letters, p. 216. 14 LOTR II, 6. 15 LOTR IV, 8. 16 Ibid. 17 LOTR III, 5. 18 Ibid. 19 LOTR III, 8. 20 LOTR, Appendix A. 21 UT, p. 277.
The first obvious step in this downfall was to draw a sword on his half-brother, Fingolfin. For this act he was banished from Tirion by the Valar. Fëanor accepted this punishment, but desired the Silmarils with an increasing love. When the Trees were destroyed, Fëanor was asked to give the Silmarils to the Valar, so that Yavanna could restore life to the Trees. Fëanor would not do so. It would break his heart. But he did not realise that he could not in fact give up the Silmarils, for they had been stolen by Morgoth.
In content, Tolkien's mythology bears a stronger resemblance to the north-west European myths, but to simply exclude, for example, the Kalevala, is to fly in the face of the evidence. The tale of Túrin Turambar has ingredients of the tale of Kullervo within it. The Silmarils are similar to the Sampo, the jewels of the Kalevala. Reams could be written drawing comparisons between the content of Tolkien's tales and those of the great literary myths. The result would be that the tales were - as Gandalf the Gray to Gandalf the White - like, yet unlike.