May 15th, 2014


The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 125: Till death... oh wait

There's nothing wrong, of course, with an author putting their own political or moral views into the mouths of their characters - within reason. Even so, poor old Tolkien was rather out of step with modern ideas on marriage and relationships. It's one thing to be opposed to divorce - that's still orthodox Catholic doctrine, after all. But when you even have serious moral qualms about widow(er)s getting remarried after the death of their spouses, that's hardcore...

I'm envisaging that group of Valar popping up behind Manwë to gasp in unison, to be rather like the Bad Horse Chorus in Dr Horrible, but without the frothy beers.

Part 125: Till death...oh wait

Next time: Part 126: Marriage laws

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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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