Jan 20 2013, 9:36pm
I'm sorry to immediately divert attention away from your great questions (I tend to enjoy reading others' insightful answers, but not try to come up with my own ) but I have a question of my own...
I do like the last lines of this chapter ;-)
Here is an extract of Aulė's defence of his creation to Ilśvatar:
"...the child of little understanding that makes a play of the deeds of his father may do so without thought of mockery, but because he is the son of his father. ... As a child to his father, I offer to thee these things, the work of the hands which thou hast made"
My question is: how does Aulė have a concept of a father-son relationship? The Valar have no children or parents, unless you count Eru who is really the Father. But Aulė seems to talk about things which are "normal" for a son to do in admiration of his father. How should he know that?
Then Manwė and Yavanna parted for that time, and Yavanna returned to Aulė; and he was in his smithy, pouring molten metal into a mould. 'Eru is bountiful,' she said. 'Now let thy children beware! For there shall walk a power in the forests whose wrath they will arouse at their peril.'
'Nonetheless they will have need of wood,' said Aulė, and he went on with his smith-work.
(This post was edited by FlyingSerkis on Jan 20 2013, 9:37pm)