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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 23: Genesis 22, the prequel

15th April 2013 (09:26)

Genesis 22 is the story from the Bible of how the Jewish/Christian/Muslim God told Abraham to kill his oldest son as a human sacrifice, then at the last minute (when Isaac was all trussed up on top of the altar) told him he didn't have to do it after all. It wouldn't surprise me if Tolkien had the story in mind when he wrote the original version of this.

Part 23: Genesis 22, the prequel

Next time: Part 24: A small oversight

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. And the Bible.
Questions and comments welcome!


Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 15th April 2013 13:56 (UTC)

Of course, the inconvenient thing about both Genesis 22 and the story of Aulë and the Dwarves is that both suggest God is not omniscient. Why would an omniscient God have any need to test people's loyalty?

This is why I have a problem with dogmatic religion...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th April 2013 15:44 (UTC)

It wouldn't entirely surprise me if the idea that God is omniscient was invented long after the original Hebrew stories about their tribal deity were written down.

The alternative view would be that God already knew how Abraham and Aulë would react - but he wanted them to know it too, in the most visceral way possible.

Posted by: goldenusagi (goldenusagi)
Posted at: 15th April 2013 15:00 (UTC)

I'm learning so much with these, lol. As I'll probably never get around to actually reading the Silmarillion or the History of Middle Earth.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th April 2013 15:46 (UTC)

Glad to help. :)

Mind you, I'm not sure anybody except possibly Christopher Tolkien himself has actually read the entire History of Middle Earth, all 12 volumes of it, cover to cover. :)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 15th April 2013 16:26 (UTC)

Yes, the series is something that most Tolkien fans want to have, but not actually read.

I did make it all the way through both volumes of the Book of Lost Tales, though. I don't remember much about it except that in the early days, Tolkien was trying to create a national epic for England. (He considered the Arthurian mythos to be more French than English.)

Posted by: Barb (rahirah)
Posted at: 16th April 2013 00:13 (UTC)

Just goes to show, no matter the AU, God is kind of a dick.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 16th April 2013 13:47 (UTC)

I'm sure the writers don't mean him to be, though...

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 16th April 2013 08:01 (UTC)

It just struck me that God looks a lot like Larry David.

Except without the calm, rational demeanor.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 16th April 2013 13:50 (UTC)

Hmm. not deliberately.:)

I had a problem with the chibi generator having a lack of elderly patriarchs with long, flowing white beards and white robes, so I couldn't do the 'classic' depiction of God. 'Older guy in a white suit' was the fallback position. Plus his enormous halo that changes colour to match his mood.

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