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23 Sceadu

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Oct 21 2013, 3:24pm


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The Shadow is a common leitmotif of Evil in Beowulf.

For example:

All were endangered; young and old
were hunted down by that dark death-shadow
who lurked and swooped in the long nights
on the misty moors; nobody knows
where these reavers from hell roam on their errands.


Similarly, there is the danger of falling under shadow:

It was known to the elders
that the hostile foe must not,
the Lord did not will it, drag them under shadow.


Tolkien often dipped into Beowulf. For example:

ond þisses hrægles néot
þéod gestreona


“And make use of this corslet,
the worth of a nation.”

That is, Beowulf gets a ringed shirt from the king worth more than the Shire and everything in it. (As derwyn put it, "Here's a pretty Danish-skin to wrap a Gaetish-princeling in.")

And Beowulf is described as “Hringa þengel”, or “The Lord of the Rings”.

Coincidence? I think not!!

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I met a Balrog on the stair,
He had some wings that weren't there.
They weren't there again today,
I wish he would just fly away.

Subject User Time
Where the shadows are. Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Oct 21 2013, 2:17pm
    Darkness CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Oct 21 2013, 2:52pm
        Thanks, and some thoughts Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Oct 21 2013, 4:32pm
            To do with theories of evil? noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Oct 21 2013, 8:14pm
                Yes. Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Oct 22 2013, 3:55pm
    23 Sceadu Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Oct 21 2013, 3:24pm
        Yes... Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Oct 21 2013, 4:39pm
            There is also the Shadow as Self. Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Oct 21 2013, 4:46pm
                And this is what shadows are made of: Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Oct 21 2013, 6:51pm
                    "None of us has any pockets." Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Oct 21 2013, 7:47pm
    Darkness does equal evil in Tolkien's world... rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Oct 21 2013, 9:57pm
        Then, would you say the opposite is true? Kalimac Send a private message to Kalimac Oct 21 2013, 10:15pm
            interesting question rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Oct 21 2013, 10:20pm
                Exactly what I was thinking. Meneldor Send a private message to Meneldor Oct 21 2013, 10:57pm
                Agreed Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Oct 22 2013, 4:01pm
        In general, that's it. But Tolkien will not go gently into that bad night... squire Send a private message to squire Oct 21 2013, 10:39pm
            Elves and light CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Oct 21 2013, 10:45pm
            besides the points made by others about the stars and moon there is more... rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Oct 21 2013, 11:03pm
            Could the imagery of stars be read as Kalimac Send a private message to Kalimac Oct 21 2013, 11:58pm
                That's more like it squire Send a private message to squire Oct 22 2013, 12:29am
                    Exactly!!!! Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Oct 22 2013, 4:05pm
            Exactly. // Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Oct 22 2013, 3:24pm
        Yes, I agree. The sematics are terribly troubling.... Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Oct 22 2013, 3:59pm
    Please tell me I'm not the only one... Dame Ioreth Send a private message to Dame Ioreth Oct 22 2013, 1:44am
        Yes, that's pretty much Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Oct 22 2013, 3:26pm
        The 'Smoke and Mirrors' are a lie Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Oct 22 2013, 4:12pm
    Fear and darkness are often connected with fear, but- RosieBaggins Send a private message to RosieBaggins Oct 22 2013, 11:35am
        I wonder Dame Ioreth Send a private message to Dame Ioreth Oct 22 2013, 2:07pm
            Elves, who awakened when the stars were kindled, love the Night. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Oct 22 2013, 4:02pm
        That is what I say!! Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Oct 22 2013, 4:08pm
        as suggested above, the elves loved twilight (which includes light,stars, moon) rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Oct 24 2013, 4:46pm
    Sauron is after all, "The Dark Lord" rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Oct 24 2013, 4:42pm
    some thoughts elostirion74 Send a private message to elostirion74 Oct 24 2013, 7:50pm
        Back at ya!! Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Oct 25 2013, 1:35am
        Gandalf, Pippin, and shadows CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Oct 25 2013, 6:10pm
            Maybe.... Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Oct 25 2013, 6:53pm

 
 
 

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