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and thank you for those answers!


Mar 1 2013, 12:36am

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and thank you for those answers! [In reply to] Can't Post

In particular, I like your connection between "sunderings" and loneliness. Loneliness invokes longing, which as we have discussed previously in this chapter, is a particularly quality seemingly in no short supply in Arda/Middle-earth. I see the dual meaning as well -- simply a descriptive term indicating the 'singular' quality of an object (e.g., a single peak, a single island, etc.,) but the added emotional aspect is quite evocative.

I also (as someone who teaches physical geography from time to time) really enjoyed your take on some of the stories in the SIlmarilion being myths meant to "explain" the changes in the world over time. We can explain catastrophic geologic events with things like the Wars of the Powers, uncomfortable cold and grinding ice with Melkor's meddlings, and "moving islands" with Osse's occupations.

Perhaps one of the things that I like most about Silmarilion is the mythic quality of it. I am intrigued by myth and legend; by how people who did not always know what was happening around them explained local and world events. For this reason, I might give Silmarilion a bit more leeway than I would give other works. I'm not not so concerned that things don't fit. I was just reading about the myth of Mithras today and honestly it doesn't make sense -- but that is part of the charm! Of course it doesn't make sense, I am not a person of the time and place where the myth was born; I am reading the myth in its ultimate complete wholeness and absolutely out of context. That's a bit how I see SIlmarilion. It doesn't have to be perfect -- nay! for me it shouldn't be perfect. That makes it seem less like a "written" story (or set of stories) and more like a "found" incomplete collection of myths, legends, stories, and imagined conversations. So thank you, FarFromHome -- and weaver--, for the inspiration!

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*Silmarillion Discussion: Chapter 5, "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalie", Part 2 -- The Great Teleri Compromise and a Guided Tourů* weaver Send a private message to weaver Feb 23 2013, 9:18pm
    Of islands and where to live CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Feb 24 2013, 12:32am
    lists, names and more stuff to remember... elevorn Send a private message to elevorn Feb 25 2013, 6:42pm
    answers for questions that need them Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Feb 25 2013, 7:13pm
    Some answers from a "mythic" perspective FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Feb 27 2013, 12:39pm
        Silmarillion's actuality Mixel Send a private message to Mixel Feb 28 2013, 11:45pm
        and thank you for those answers! telain Send a private message to telain Mar 1 2013, 12:36am
            Myths, floods, and physical geography? CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 1 2013, 1:20am
                a very dim light! but a light nonetheless telain Send a private message to telain Mar 1 2013, 11:55pm
                    Enlightening--thanks!// CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 3 2013, 2:29pm
    Late answers sador Send a private message to sador Mar 3 2013, 10:40am


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