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A question on the powers of the Valar

billzy2
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Mar 7 2013, 3:52am


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 I beleive i read somewhere in the Silmarililon that the Valar were not given the power to create life on their own, that is they could not bring new beings into existence in Middle Earth. This is the reason Morgoth took captured Elves and through long and slow torture and his own magic he bred from them the race of Orcs as he wanted beings to serve him. Yet Aule was able to create the race of Dwarves from stone which was not a living thing but stone, how was this possible? Was this a mistake on Professor Tolkiens part? I realize that after Aule created the Dwarves, Illuvatar appeared to him and questioned him about the Dwarves ad Aule was going to slay them but Illuvatar stayed his hand. Is it possible that the ability to create living things ( Man , Elves ) was a power that the Valar possessed but didn't use so as to avoid the wrath of Illuvatar? I would appreciate any and all responses to this question as it is one that always puzzled me.


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A question on the powers of the Valar billzy2 Send a private message to billzy2 Mar 7 2013, 3:52am
    Short reply squire Send a private message to squire Mar 7 2013, 7:02am
    Slightly longer version of the same answer: Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Mar 7 2013, 8:25am
        Thank you for your reply. billzy2 Send a private message to billzy2 Mar 8 2013, 12:10am
            Well, they were not all that sentient. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Mar 8 2013, 1:40am
    Just to echo the others Finwe Send a private message to Finwe Mar 7 2013, 7:29pm
    A related question is... Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Mar 8 2013, 2:26am

 
 
 

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