(urth) Lame Protagonists
severiansola at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 16 12:28:52 PDT 2011
>Marc Aramini: supposedly, according to an online source, Wolfe had a childhood
>encounter with polio, but the permanence of that would certiainly be in question
>with his young career in the military. Certainly now he walks with a cane in some
>social settings, but if there is a limp it does not seem ridiculously pronounced
>from my brief encounters with him in his mid seventies. I wouldn't say his gait is
>free of minor ponderance, but I would never say - that fellow clearly has a limp!
I've wondered about this question for years. I hadn't heard the polio story but Wolfe
does mention having a serious leg injury as a child from a bike accident. As you say,
he couldn't have had a very noticeable limp as a young man or he wouldn't have been
taken by the army.
Perhaps one day, we'll get a reliable source who can tell us if WOlfe had a limp (and/
or chest injury scar) during the 70's when most of BotNS was written. (heh, I've
similarly searched in vain to find out if Tolkein was missing a bit of his ring finger).
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