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The Field of Cormallen #2: Dust in the Wind

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Dec 1 2008, 12:41am


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And even as he spoke the earth rocked beneath their feet. Then rising swiftly up, far above the Towers of the Black Gate, high above the mountains, a vast soaring darkness sprang into the sky, flickering with fire. The earth groaned and quaked. The Towers of the Teeth swayed, tottered, and fell down; the mighty rampart crumbled; the Black Gate was hurled in ruin; and from far away, now dim, now growing, now mounting to the clouds, there came a drumming rumble, a roar, a long echoing roll of ruinous noise.

"The realm of Sauron is ended!" said Gandalf. "The Ring-bearer has fulfilled his Quest."





Matthew 27:50-51 (Douay-Rheims version)

And Jesus again crying with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top even to the bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were rent.






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The Captains bowed their heads; and when they looked up again, behold! their enemies were flying and the power of Mordor was scattering like dust in the wind. As when death smites the swollen brooding thing that inhabits their crawling hill and holds them all in sway, ants will wander witless and purposeless and then feebly die, so the creatures of Sauron, orc or troll or beast spell-enslaved, ran hither and thither mindless; and some slew themselves, or cast themselves in pits, or fled wailing back to hide in holes and dark lightless places far from hope. But the Men of Rhn and of Harad, Easterling and Southron, saw the ruin of their war and the great majesty and glory of the Captains of the West. And those that were deepest and longest in evil servitude, hating the West, and yet were men proud and bold, in their turn now gathered themselves for a last stand of desperate battle. But the most part fled eastward as they could; and some cast their weapons down and sued for mercy.





Psalm 35 (Douay-Rheims version):

For David himself. Judge thou, O Lord, them that wrong me : overthrow them that fight against me.

Take hold of arms and shield : and rise up to help me.

Bring out the sword, and shut up the way against them that persecute me : say to my soul : I am thy salvation.

Let them be confounded and ashamed that seek after my soul. Let them be turned back and be confounded that devise against me.

Let them become as dust before the wind : and let the angel of the Lord straiten them.

Let their way become dark and slippery; and let the angel of the Lord pursue them.

For without cause they have hidden their net for me unto destruction : without cause they have upbraided my soul.

Let the snare which he knoweth not come upon him : and let the net which he hath hidden catch him :
and into that very snare let them fall.



1) Comments? Do you agree that there is a strong Biblical influence on this part of the story, both thematically and in language used?

2) Why did Tolkien's use of language turn to the Biblical in this chapter? We'll see more examples as the chapter progresses...

a.s.

"an seileachan"

Some say once you're gone, you're gone forever, and some say you're gonna come back.
Some say you'll rest in the arms of the Savior, if sinful ways you lack.
Some say that they're coming back in a garden: bunch of carrots and little sweet peas.
I think I'll just let the mystery be.

Iris DeMent



Call Her Emily

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The Field of Cormallen #2: Dust in the Wind a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Dec 1 2008, 12:41am
    Very short answers sador Send a private message to sador Dec 1 2008, 7:54am
        eucatastrophe a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Dec 1 2008, 11:21am
            Well, you missed leading it sador Send a private message to sador Dec 1 2008, 11:41am
                Oh. True that. :-) a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Dec 1 2008, 12:16pm
                    Apocalypse now FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Dec 1 2008, 7:09pm
                    Definitely not re-telling sador Send a private message to sador Dec 1 2008, 10:19pm
                        Everyman indeed! Dreamdeer Send a private message to Dreamdeer Dec 2 2008, 3:58pm
                    Would you agree that Frodo is Christ-like? Curious Send a private message to Curious Dec 2 2008, 8:08pm
                        He's part of the Trinity Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Dec 2 2008, 8:25pm
                            And while few of us Curious Send a private message to Curious Dec 2 2008, 8:42pm
                        Yes, but. a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Dec 3 2008, 12:21am
                            It may not be Curious Send a private message to Curious Dec 3 2008, 3:00am
                                totally agree with that // a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Dec 3 2008, 11:09am
                            But he does fail in the ultimate test sador Send a private message to sador Dec 3 2008, 7:24am
    I think the accounts of Krakatoa's eruption may be a greater influence. Curious Send a private message to Curious Dec 1 2008, 10:35pm

 
 
 

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