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May 8 2013, 4:17am

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question 1 -- why is mortality "unclean," if it is part of the biosphere?


1. It seems mortality, change, is as much the will of Eru as is immortality and preservation. Their dramatic infusion into Middle-Earth benefits not just it, but the Eldar themselves. Even though years move more swiftly and change increases, their numbers also increase.

So why do the Valar (and to a lesser extent, the Elves) treat mortality like something unclean?

"And Varda hallowed the Silmarils, so thereafter no mortal flesh, nor hands unclean, nor anything of evil will may touch them."

cheers --


aka. fili orc-enshield
the scene, as i understand it, is exceptionally well-written. fili (in sort of a callback to the scene with the eagles), calls out "thorRIIIIIIN!!!" just as he sees the pale orc veer in for the kill. he picks up the severed arm of an orc which is lying on the ground, swings it up in desperation, effectively blocking the pale orc's blow. and thus, forever after, fili is known as "fili orc-enshield."

this earns him deep respect from his hard-to-please uncle. as well as a hug. kili wipes his boots on the pale orc's glory box. -- maciliel

(This post was edited by Inferno on May 8 2013, 5:18am)

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