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Pride and pity

CuriousG
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Mar 18 2013, 12:49am


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Reading through all these posts tonight, which leave my head spinning a bit from all the great thoughts being aired, I found myself looking at Melkor as something besides the classic evil villain. Pride/vanity/ego seem to dominate him, yet oddly, he seems emotionally vulnerable. I don't think all proud people get hurt so easily, but he does. Melkor seems frail when he's rejected by Varda. Why didn't he try to woo other Ainu-women if she looked askance at him? Instead his easily wounded pride made him all the more bitter and withdrawn. Back in the Great Music, he proudly led an alternative theme, then seemed crushed when he was chastised for it and was told he wasn't as clever and creative as he thought he was. And again, when he realized he couldn't have everything in Arda his way once he and the Valar arrived, he spitefully destroyed whatever they made. Doesn't he seem like a hurt little boy in an Ainu's body?

Which brings me to Pity, because I can't say that I pity him, for I think he does have free will and is smart enough to know how corrupt he is. When it comes to Nienna pitying him, I think Melkor's fragile pride would make him resent it from her or anyone else, since that pity would imply something is wrong with him, and he couldn't handle the notion that others might think that. Though all the Valar seem naive to me, and Nienna wouldn't guess that her pity for him would backfire and stoke up more resentment in him.

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Silmarilion Discussion, Chapter 6: "...and the Unchaining of Melkor" 2 of 2 telain Send a private message to telain Mar 11 2013, 4:42pm
    Unleashing the beast CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 13 2013, 5:55pm
        how well do we really know Melkor? telain Send a private message to telain Mar 16 2013, 11:02pm
            Melkor Choice and naivete of the Valar Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 17 2013, 1:38am
                Melkor's dark music and Nienna's healing telain Send a private message to telain Mar 17 2013, 11:34pm
                    Pride and pity CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 18 2013, 12:49am
                        I get your thoughts CG! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 18 2013, 1:19am
                    Some thoughts on Nienna and Olorin and pity Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 18 2013, 1:12am
                        I'm always learning something new here CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 18 2013, 2:04am
                            Clueless? Hardly! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 18 2013, 3:15am
    My thoughts Finwe Send a private message to Finwe Mar 14 2013, 7:07pm
        how did Aule get in this chapter? Oh, yes... telain Send a private message to telain Mar 16 2013, 11:39pm
            The whole "Knowledge- good or bad?" question elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Mar 17 2013, 10:28am
    my thoughts Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Mar 16 2013, 12:30am
        Free will Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Mar 16 2013, 4:40am
            then how does this apply to the gift of men? Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Mar 16 2013, 11:09am
                It's not easy for us Mortals to see it as a gift, is it? Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 16 2013, 3:45pm
                    as you've described it.. Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Mar 16 2013, 4:06pm
                        Scratching head, flipping though text- Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 16 2013, 4:49pm
                            I think the "gift" is not connected to "free will". Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Mar 16 2013, 9:40pm
                                Did not intend to imply control Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 16 2013, 10:13pm
        Feanor is a pit of smouldering coals... telain Send a private message to telain Mar 16 2013, 11:52pm
    Hello all, my first post about Sil, but I have been following :) Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 16 2013, 2:01am
    Late answers sador Send a private message to sador Mar 18 2013, 7:35am

 
 
 

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