[LMB] OT Rawling was Heinlein

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Sun Oct 10 21:59:15 BST 2021

Supposedly the real quote is:

"Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, 
or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea 
of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in 
the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of 
bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the 
possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever 
since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. 
George to kill the dragon. Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: it 
accustoms him for a series of clear pictures to the idea that these 
limitless terrors had a limit, that these shapeless enemies have enemies 
in the knights of God, that there is something in the universe more 
mystical than darkness, and stronger than strong fear."

- G. K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles (1909)

I have a copy of that Chesterton book, so could verify this, but not til 
later this week.

Or maybe the book's in Project Gutenberg?


On Sun, 10 Oct 2021, Becca Price wrote:

> I've also seen it attributed to Neil Gaiman
> On Sun, Oct 10, 2021 at 4:38 PM Margaret Dean <margdean56 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sun, Oct 10, 2021 at 6:18 AM Peter Hews via Lois-Bujold <
>> lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:
>>> "Fairy tales are not meant to tell children there are monsters: they
>>> already know what.  Fairy tales are to tell them the monsters can be
>>> defeated." - Tolkien
>> I believe that's a G.K. Chesterton quote (or paraphrase), actually.
>> --Margaret Dean
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