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Religious observances and practices in Middle Earth


May 1 2012, 7:02pm

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Religious observances and practices in Middle Earth Can't Post

It is often said there is very little religion in the LOTR and for the most part, this is true. However, it seems by the 3rd age the practices of the past were largely forgotten or ignored (by men). In earlier ages, Numenor had the Three Prayers to Eru as regular religious calendar events until finally corrupted by Sauron and Ar-Pharazon. It does not appear that the old kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor revived the Numenorean faith of Eru (correct?).


"...Erukyermë ("Prayer to Eru"), Erulaitalë ("Praise of Eru"), and Eruhantalë ("Thanksgiving to Eru") and took place in the spring, midsummer, and autumn respectively."

The elves followed a similar calendar with regular seasonal feasts and celebrations.


Varda Elentári / Elbereth / Gilthoniel, etc. was the primary focus rather than Eru.

The Hobbits seemed either ignorant or just merely aquainted with some of the dieties, however, they did follow the season celebrations.

(This post was edited by Eruonen on May 1 2012, 7:04pm)


May 1 2012, 7:16pm

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Part of the reaction could have been related to the idea [In reply to] Can't Post

that the Powers had almost withdrawn from the world and they were on their own. The Istari and remaining Elf lords were really all that connected the inhabitants of Middle Earth to that which lay beyond. JRRT saw this time as a foreshadowing of the Christian event far into the future so in a sense it was left purposefully in a kind of religious dark age limbo.


May 1 2012, 8:35pm

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Strict Religious Observances [In reply to] Can't Post

I would imagine that the most strict religious rites were actually carried out for the various cults devoted to Melkor. Although I also assume that other cults/religions arose in the East and South around local versions of the other Valar as well as wholly imagined deities.

"Darkness beyond blackest pitch, deeper than the deepest night!
King of Darkness, who shines like gold upon the Sea of Chaos.
I call upon thee and swear myself to thee!
Let the fools who stand before me be destroyed by the power you and I possess!"


May 1 2012, 9:09pm

Post #4 of 20 (477 views)
The possible twisted cults inaugerated by the Blue Wizards in the East.... [In reply to] Can't Post

Reading about Numenor and its decline showed a rather brutal and extreme Melkor worship cult: human sacrifices, death for those who climbed Meneltarma etc.

Ar-Pharazon and the Numenoreans, in many ways, were the most powerful presence in middle earth as:

"So mighty were the Númenóreans that the servants of Sauron fled even before the battle began and their leader was taken as a prisoner back to the island of Elenna." (Sounds like Napolean going to Elba).

Sauron captured! I wonder how that could have happened (maybe on purpose?)....but he soon twisted Ar Pharazon to the Dark Side. (Ahh...Wormtongue Sr.)


(This post was edited by Eruonen on May 1 2012, 9:10pm)


May 1 2012, 9:12pm

Post #5 of 20 (406 views)
I just need to.. [In reply to] Can't Post

Sprinkle a Thimbleful of My

Bilbo's Party Tree

Her death is killing me.


May 1 2012, 9:19pm

Post #6 of 20 (387 views)
Numenor / Elenna / Westernesse is estimated to have been about [In reply to] Can't Post

167,961 square miles....slightly larger than California at 163,695 sq mi....so for perspective it was quite large.
New Zealand is 103,737 square miles...about the same as Colorado 104,093.

Tol Eressea

May 2 2012, 1:49am

Post #7 of 20 (381 views)
Bomby :( :( [In reply to] Can't Post

that's so sad! :( Frown I'll miss her, as she's come through in your amazing poetic posts all this time!

Catch it, catch it, catch it! Dropped it... ...


Join us over at Barliman's chat all day, any day!


May 2 2012, 6:10am

Post #8 of 20 (346 views)
You have my condolences Bomadil // [In reply to] Can't Post


"Darkness beyond blackest pitch, deeper than the deepest night!
King of Darkness, who shines like gold upon the Sea of Chaos.
I call upon thee and swear myself to thee!
Let the fools who stand before me be destroyed by the power you and I possess!"

Hamfast Gamgee
Grey Havens

May 2 2012, 10:59am

Post #9 of 20 (306 views)
Even more powerful [In reply to] Can't Post

If you consider that this was Sauron with the Ring that an age later Gandalf was so convinced would be powerful enough to crush all resistance in ME even without the Ring, in this case Sauron with the Ring gave up without even putting up a fight! Of course he didn't really, but I think he would have preferred to fight if he could have one. But still, this makes the Numenoreans at the end of the 2nd age pretty powerful


May 2 2012, 11:11am

Post #10 of 20 (347 views)
Thank you OhFair Ones! [In reply to] Can't Post

She would have been
72 December 9th.

We had 21years together

A Highly spiritual Healer
I know named Diane
actuality put her into remission
for a few months.

Yet the doctors couldn't understand

HER. last 2 words were whispered
"New Zealand"
as if she could see the white shores
and a far green country ...



May 2 2012, 2:00pm

Post #11 of 20 (335 views)
Thanks for sharing Bomby, a very touching story. [In reply to] Can't Post



May 2 2012, 6:19pm

Post #12 of 20 (315 views)
Oh, I am so very sorry, Bombadil. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm sure those twenty-one years were extraordinary. I know you will always teasure happy memories of Goldberry.

Aunt Dora Baggins

May 2 2012, 11:26pm

Post #13 of 20 (275 views)
Oh, my, I'm so sorry. [In reply to] Can't Post


"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com


May 2 2012, 11:36pm

Post #14 of 20 (278 views)
Condolences for your loss, from what you have written what you had together seems wonderful. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll endeavour to get you some photos, I live near Anduin, Rivendell & Isengard shooting locations.


May 3 2012, 12:16am

Post #15 of 20 (313 views)
Once all Legal paperwork.. [In reply to] Can't Post

is finally over with

I 'll try to figure out
someway to get my
sorry ass To Matamata

no one will notice
a Thimbill-full of ashes
under Bilbo's Party...

It's only a old Fools



May 3 2012, 2:30am

Post #16 of 20 (273 views)
I am so sorry for your loss Bomby [In reply to] Can't Post

And may she see that swift sunrise as well. And may the sigh and the murmur of the waves of your Middle-earth sink into your heart.

''Sam put his ragged orc-cloak under his master's head, and covered them both with the grey robe of Lorien; and as he did so his thoughts went out to that fair land, and to the Elves, and he hoped that the cloth woven by their hands might have some virtue to keep them hidden beyond all hope in this wilderness of fear...But their luck held, and for the rest of that day they met no living or moving thing; and when night fell they vanished into the darkess of Mordor.'' - - -rotk, chapter III

Faerie contains many things besides elves and fays and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants or dragons; it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth, and all things that are one in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves, mortal men, when we are enchanted."
— J.R.R. Tolkien

May the grace of Manwë let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manwë Súlimo

"The original sin is to limit the Is. Don't" - Richard Bach


May 3 2012, 3:12pm

Post #17 of 20 (274 views)
A wonderful and hopefully healing trip to make. [In reply to] Can't Post



May 3 2012, 3:36pm

Post #18 of 20 (289 views)
Dust series by Olivier Valsecchi [In reply to] Can't Post

Striking play on Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

As the art photos have some nudity just look it up if interested...very tasteful and effective.

A beautiful presentation on YouTube
Misty dust from Olivier Valsecchi

(This post was edited by Eruonen on May 3 2012, 3:41pm)


May 9 2012, 6:36pm

Post #19 of 20 (241 views)
Do youAll...Think [In reply to] Can't Post

anyone will notice if bomby
quietly buried her Ring
just inside the front
gate of BagEnd?



May 9 2012, 8:32pm

Post #20 of 20 (273 views)
Yes, probably... [In reply to] Can't Post

I might suggest finding a quieter, more secluded spot.

"Darkness beyond blackest pitch, deeper than the deepest night!
King of Darkness, who shines like gold upon the Sea of Chaos.
I call upon thee and swear myself to thee!
Let the fools who stand before me be destroyed by the power you and I possess!"


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