As with last week, this is one of several ideas Tolkien had about what happens to Elves after they die, but it's the one that seems to fit best with the other things he wrote. although the logic isn't quite logical:
- How come Elves have the right to refuse rebirth, but no right to demand it?
- How come Námo cannot compel the souls of dead Elves to come to Mandos, but can keep them there once they arrive?
Part 122: Judge of the Dead
Next time: Part 123: We regret to inform you
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.
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