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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 9: War! What is it good for?

18th February 2013 (12:12)

I'm actually managing to keep to a regular posting schedule for these, and I did a couple more yesterday so I've some in the bank for the foreseeable future. Wonders never cease.

On the 'Buffy' reviews front, I didn't get into town for a long time recently (still convalescing) but I have finally got to the comics shop and acquired about a month's supply of Season 9 comics, so hopefully there'll be reviews of them at some point.

In this episode - how do you fight a war when everybody's immortal?

Word List: Eru = God (literally, "The One")






Part 9: War! What is it good for?

Next time: Part 10: Victory in Arda


Chibis by 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. Apologies to any Australians reading this! The "Elf" and "Human" chibis are ones I designed for Beren and Lúthien, so you'll see them again later.
Questions and comments welcome!

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Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th February 2013 14:04 (UTC)

To be fair to Tolkien, I think his work does usually present quite a nuanced view of good and evil - but because he's writing in the high fantasy genre of Dark Lords of Evil versus Heroic Champion of Good, it's easy to miss, or to over-simplify.

Even so, Tolkien makes quite clear in his work that Melkor started out with good intentions, and only gradually became corrupted. He was proud of his own skill and creativity; but that made him arrogant, and he started to feel contemptuous of the work of other people, and then angry at them. He started out making "improvements" to other people's work (without asking them), and only gradually slid into just malicious destructiveness for its own sake. Compare Willow in S6, if you like. :)

Even so, it was part of Tolkien's world-view that everybody - even the Devil himself (which is basically who Melkor is) - is capable of forgiveness and redemption... but only if he wants it, and is willing to ask for forgiveness. At the risk of spoilers, you'll see that Satan-Melkor is probably going to be too proud to ask God for redemption...

By the same token, Tolkien was quite happy to acknowledge that the "Good" guys make mistakes and fall into evil, or at least neglectfulness, as well. As he would probably phrase it, none of us is without sin.

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