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Time is a circle...


Feb 12 2013, 4:37pm

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Time is a circle... [In reply to] Can't Post

...and the circle is not round. I came by this quote from the film Before the Rain, in which it is used to explain the historical/generational cycle of violence in one part of the Balkans. The "circle" can be understood as a spiral and events which transpire around the circle also happen throughout time as well, hence the repetition of key events.

I find the reuse of the Thingol and Melian scene to be like this: every age or so there is a coming together of two people from very different backgrounds (Elf and "god"; Elf and Human) who become integral to the history of Middle-earth. I quite like the reuse of the scene (in part because I find the concept of spiral time intriguing) but also because it binds together the histories of Middle-earth. They feel cohesive and it altogether feels like I am reading a saga (more than, say, a novel or a "true" history.)

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Silmarillion Discussion: Of Thingol and Melian NZ Strider Send a private message to NZ Strider Feb 11 2013, 12:43am
    Everything that happens in Arda IdrilofGondolin Send a private message to IdrilofGondolin Feb 11 2013, 7:59pm
        The "take it or leave it" chapter noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Feb 11 2013, 9:35pm
    Time is a circle... telain Send a private message to telain Feb 12 2013, 4:37pm
    Of immortal marriages CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Feb 13 2013, 7:53pm
    After a long delay. sador Send a private message to sador Feb 17 2013, 2:55pm
    It is a bittersweet letter. dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 24 2013, 2:41am


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