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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 279 - Outpouring of grief

31st March 2016 (23:42)

How many people here killed Lisa the Plant by over-watering her?

How many know what I'm talking about? :)


    Part 279: Outpouring of grief



    Next time: Part 280: Busted

    Chibis by the now-dead website formerly known as tektek.org
    Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
    Questions and comments welcome!

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    Posted by: ((Anonymous))
    Posted at: 1st April 2016 17:10 (UTC)

    As I said, I have no clue about LotR mythology. But why exactly doesn`t she simply create two other magic trees? Besides the fact, that it would be the obvious. :D

    S.

    Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
    Posted at: 4th April 2016 09:49 (UTC)

    Well, the canonical explanation is that the Trees were immensely powerful religious artefacts (they didn't just give out light, but sacred, holy Light that sanctified anything it shone on). Even among the Valar, only Yavanna had the power to make something that powerful; and (as we'll see shortly) not even she has enough power to do it twice.

    I think there's also a metaphor being implied for destroying the world's natural resources, like oil or the rainforests, which can't be easily renewed. Or for destroying a work of art - if someone threw acid onto the Mona Lisa you couldn't just "paint another one"!

    Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
    Posted at: 4th April 2016 14:05 (UTC)
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    Ilúvatar could fix the Trees, of course, but Manwë already used up his allotted phone call for this eon.

    Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
    Posted at: 4th April 2016 15:12 (UTC)

    Eru's attitude to the Valar and the world seems to be "You broke it, you fix it"...

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