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TORn Amateur Symposium
Bree


Jul 25 2013, 7:30am

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We are pleased to present the following TAS entries in the category, The Lord of The Rings topics

"Intuition in The Lords of The Rings" by Lothwen:


"Intuition in The Lord of the Rings" by Lothwen


"Would You Destroy It?" by RangerfromtheNorth:


"Would You Destroy It?" by RangerfromtheNorth


"Concepts of Healing in The Lord of the Rings" by Elaen32:


"Concepts of Healing in The Lord of the Rings" by Elaen32


To view an essay, please click on the appropriate link above. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy posting it. The TAS is open for discussion, and any comments, questions or thought you wish to share about this particular Category pieces can be posted in this response to this thread. Also use the sub-threads below to address a particular essay.

Details on TORn's very first Amateur Symposium can be found
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And don't forget to join in with discussions on other essays:

"The Real Villain of The Hobbit: An Analysis of Greed" by Cirashala

"The Battle of the Five Armies"by Arandir

Happy Reading, TORn Brethren and Guests!


TORn Amateur Symposium
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Jul 25 2013, 7:32am

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Jul 25 2013, 7:34am

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Jul 25 2013, 7:35am

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DanielLB
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Jul 25 2013, 10:57am

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Intuition is a strong theme/motif in The Hobbit as well. My mind has gone completely black at the moment, and the only example I can think of is that Gandalf's intuition tells him that Bilbo *must* go with the Company. I'm sure there are many other examples!

Great essay, thank you. Smile

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DanielLB
Immortal


Jul 25 2013, 11:10am

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I suppose Elves have to be the most skilled in healing, since being immortal, they need to swiftly heal any injury or illness that would otherwise prove fatal for a mortal Man. It's a shame they weren't able to heal Celebrian.

What are you thoughts on Elves "controlling" nature to heal? From FOTR:



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'Here is Nimrodel!' said Legolas [..]'I will bathe my feet, for it is said that the water is healing to the weary.'


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Frodo stood near the brink and let the water flow over his tired feet. It was cold but its touch was clean, and as he went on and it mounted to his knees, he felt that the stain of travel and all weariness was washed from his limbs.


What was the source of the river's healing power? Was it some sort of divinity (perhaps controlled by Estë), or was it Lady Galadriel herself (perhaps something to do with the fact Galadriel had Nenya)? Perhaps the water of the Nimrodel also has something to do with miruvor's healing properties (though it's only ever said to be the cordial of Imladris)?

(Just throwing ideas out there! Wink)

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DanielLB
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Jul 25 2013, 11:51am

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Very well written and interesting essay RangerfromtheNorth [In reply to] Can't Post


The more power someone has the more they are under the corrupting influence of the Ring, Tolkien asserts: “A person of greater native power [than Frodo] could probably never have resisted the Ring’s lure so long…” Frodo was the perfect Ring-bearer because of his lack of inherent power. If Frodo had more power, then he would have fallen sooner to the Ring. The more power someone has the more the Ring has to corrupt. Purity and power will not remove someone from the influence of the Ring if they wear it.


Based on the above, no other character in Tolkien's book would have been able to destroy the Ring. The Ring uses both its power and the desires of others to evoke evil deeds. That is what the Ring could plays on - people's weaknesses. Eowyn wanted renown in battle, Gimli would have probably used it to rule over Moria for all of time, curiosity would have got the better of Pippin (just like the palantir), Legolas may have wished to bring Mirkwood out from the Darkness, and so on. And that is perhaps rather frightening. The Ring can possess *anyone*. And so to answer your question, no. No, I couldn't destroy the Ring. I wouldn't be able to resist the temptation. Wink

An interesting topic of conversation might be who we think would be a better Ringbearer *after* Frodo. Here's my list, in order of preference

1. Frodo -> would not have given up the Ring voluntarily
2. Sam
3. Gandalf -> Neither Sam or Gandalf would have willingly attacked Frodo for the Ring, I think.
4. Legolas
5. Aragorn -> Like all Men, who would have succombed to the Ring's power sooner rather than later
6. Merry
7. Gimli -> If he has seen Moria and then heard of the Battle in Dale during the War of the Ring, he may have been tempted
8. Pippin -> He is too inquisitve, and out of the Hobbits, doesn't really understand the situation
9. Boromir -> Obvious reasons

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Lothwen
Rivendell


Jul 25 2013, 12:32pm

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there aren't that many examples. At least, I can't think of any off-hand. It's mostly a case of Bilbo not following his intuition, and there being bad repercussions, such as the arkenstone episode.

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All the same he had an uncomfortable feeling that picking and choosing had not really been meant to include this marvellous gem, and that trouble would yet come of it.


I suppose one could argue that "something Tookish waking up inside him" could be intuition, but I'm not sure about that one. Crazy


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Brethil
Half-elven


Jul 25 2013, 1:32pm

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A theme of hope, Lothwen! [In reply to] Can't Post

in responding to the inner voice!

Very original choice of text citations too!

As far as the intuition goes, can we further speculate that the origin of the intuition may be somehow divine? Or, considering JRRT's love of nature and his faith in human nature that it is a 'natural' and elemental sort of wisdom?

I agree with your point that it never goes well when that inner voice is denied.

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Brethil
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Jul 25 2013, 1:50pm

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An excellent essay RangerfrontheNorth! I like your use of citations from Letters as well as the texts.

Interesting idea Daniel, to list the potential second-choice bearers. I agree with the bulk of your list BUT I would swap out Gimli and Gandalf, placing Gandalf lower on the list and in higher peril. The Dwarves were resistant to the effects of the Seven as Sauron intended (they could not be spiritually dominated) and one could hope, in hood company, that perhaps Gimli could avoid having his will imposed upon longer than another race. But that would depend on the paring with Legolas I think, on the trip to Mount Doom.

I think overall there is a divine wisdom at the foot of it all, in the foresight of Gandalf's Maiar origins. In UT we read that he has an unknown 'feeling' about Bilbo before the Quest, which he cannot identify but which tells him to keep that Hobbit in mind. He follows it (as Lothwen points out, always the right choice!) and has to wrestle both Thorin and Bilbo into the trip...and the results are as follows.

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rangerfromthenorth
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Jul 25 2013, 2:05pm

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tolkien wrote in other places that it was not Frodo who destroyed the Ring, but actually the work of Eru, a divine plan, because evil cannot be destroyed, Tolkien insisted, by incarnate beings. Now there is an essay worth considering, how Eru played a prominent role in all that occurred in LoTR. Often times he gets a bad rap, but once we read some Tolkien's own reflections on the matter we see the hand of providence at work throughout LoTR

Not all who wander are lost


Brethil
Half-elven


Jul 25 2013, 2:12pm

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Wonderful delineation by each character Elaen! Very much enjoyed it!

I find JRRT's description of Aragorn's hands as the hands of a healer a wonderful tie-in to real world lore, as for many ages it was believed that the touch of the rightful anointed king could heal such ills as scrofula, and the many Biblical healing legends regarding sacred touch healing leprosy. In his way of 'reporting' events it would serve as the origin of those beliefs in later real world life.

Could the interaction of Gandalf and Ioreth, and Gandalf calling for herbs for Aragorn's use be the first sign that he is retreating from Middle-earth? His work is done - and by stepping back, praising Ioreth for her wisdom, and allowing the King to heal he is actually healing Middle-earth to move forward?

I re-read Gandalf's healing of Théoden. As you say, no specifics are given. Gandalf seems to draw in the darkness (understanding it?) and then dispels it with his staff and the white light. It must represent a very spiritual type of healing - in Letter's JRRT mentions often how essential and beyond description the value and sacredness of 'light'. So my guess is this is a very Maiar function, in this time, as he does not even address he physical body (hroa) of Théoden, but *seems* to be dealing with issues of the fea instead.

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Rembrethil
Tol Eressea

Jul 25 2013, 2:13pm

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I had always assumed that Sauron 'lost' part of his power to the Ring, thus with it he would be able to 'regain' it. Though true that he would 'regain' his lost power, it is more correct to say that his power would be 'amplified' again. This essay has changed my view of the events in the LotR entirely, anothe excuse to re-read it.

The idea that the Ring 'feeds on power' is brilliant. Power would seem to be a catalyst to the process of corruption.

But is it the Power that corrupts, is Power specifically Evil?

Personally, I would have to say no. It is Power, beyond our ability that corrupts--that which we are not ready to handle.

Now a question for you.

How would you compare the lessening of Sauron's power to that of Morgoth?

I get the impression from the Sil, that Melkor lost his power as he put it into his servants.

Do you think that as the servants were killed that the power returned to him or was lost?

Perhaps his power was just spread out to dominate the wills of his servants?


rangerfromthenorth
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Jul 25 2013, 2:25pm

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I remember reading that the Ring gave Sauron the ability to control/deceive others better. But Tolkien also said that Sauron's power was greatly exerted through his dominion of others and thus somewhat lessened much like Morgoth pouring himself into Arda so he was lessened in his power to an extent. I believe Sauron's is similar to that especially when he was not in possession of the Ring.

I do not think power is evil, but rather that power is easily corrupted and the Ring feeds off of and corrupts power by creating a lust for more of it.

As far as having power returned to when said servants are killed, I am not sure. I could see an argument for yes and no. I am going to have mull that one over for a bit.

Not all who wander are lost


Brethil
Half-elven


Jul 25 2013, 2:35pm

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tolkien wrote in other places that it was not Frodo who destroyed the Ring, but actually the work of Eru, a divine plan, because evil cannot be destroyed, Tolkien insisted, by incarnate beings. Now there is an essay worth considering, how Eru played a prominent role in all that occurred in LoTR. Often times he gets a bad rap, but once we read some Tolkien's own reflections on the matter we see the hand of providence at work throughout LoTR




Sounds like a great topic! I agree, but that was Eru's role: to let the Song play out once sung; free will is so important. Nothing that happens is outside of his thought - though the fates of Men are a bit of a loose cannon!

Coming back to your title question, as Daniel did, I'm afraid I might fail as well, if I simply found it! There was always an allure to me, of the silent companion that the Ring becomes: one who seems to understand your every thought. So it might have been a cave and raw fish for me...(blech.)

As part of a Fellowship, maybe I would fare better. But maybe not!

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Rembrethil
Tol Eressea

Jul 25 2013, 2:36pm

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When Melkor goes to Formenos to seek out Feanor, Feanor closes his door in his face. Tolkien says:

"...and he shut the doors of his house in the face of the mightiest of all the dwellers in Ea."


I see three interpretations of this sentence:

It implies that his power was still greater than his peers, even though diminished.

His power had returned to him after his dominion was broken.

It means that he was the most dangerous, referring to his capacity for destruction, rather than a measure of power. He could use guile and cunning that no one else thought of.

What do you think that this implies, concerning Sauron and Morgoth?


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Jul 25 2013, 2:45pm

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Bravo Lothwen - a lovely view of two themes, with a most effective choice of quotes.

In contrast to characters who do well by following their "heart" (as Gandalf puts it) would you put characters who follow cold logic? Saruman, for example eithe reasons himself into evil, or at least allows his intellect to construct a logical defence: Sauron cannot be defeated. Therefore he must be allied with. Since he is bound to prove a treacherous ally, he must be allied with as a prelude to betraying him. In Saruman's argument, if not in his heart, this is the least evil way forward

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimë I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Jul 25 2013, 4:05pm

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I enjoyed this essay! Great title by the way; the "would" is so nicely chosen
"Would I destroy it?" - well yes, at least to begin with I hope I would wish for it to be destroyed. But that would not last.
"Could I destroy it? - no, because nobody could do so voluntarily

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimë I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Jul 25 2013, 4:28pm

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I think the answer to why Gandalf doesn't pitch in with the athelas (or knowledge about it) is that he's allowing Aragorn to be seen as a healer and saviour of his people. Good plan.

But the interpretation in which only Aragorn can use the athelas because of fate/magic (or particular catalytic secretions in the skin of Numenoreans, If you'd like a fully biological explanation Smile ) is plausible too.

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimë I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


Lothwen
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Jul 25 2013, 4:33pm

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I would certainly use him as a comparison. (Note how everything goes wrong for him. Sly ) Also, one could use Boromir. Yes, the ring corrupted him, but he was reasoning that the ring would solve all his troubles, save Gondor, etc. instead of trusting his gut-feeling as Faramir does.


Followed by that awkwarder moment when you realize that you think this is awesome...


Lothwen
Rivendell


Jul 25 2013, 4:34pm

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Personally, I like the idea that it's a deeper wisdom that they possess, and when they do follow it, it brings out their own courage further. However, in Sil. we do have cases of the Valar (particularly Ulmo) sending dreams to various characters. So it is just as (or more) possible that it came from the Valar or even Eru.

Both are very interesting thoughts. Smile


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Brethil
Half-elven


Jul 25 2013, 4:36pm

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?When Melkor goes to Formenos to seek out Feanor, Feanor closes his door in his face. Tolkien says:

"...and he shut the doors of his house in the face of the mightiest of all the dwellers in Ea."


I see three interpretations of this sentence:

It implies that his power was still greater than his peers, even though diminished.

His power had returned to him after his dominion was broken.

It means that he was the most dangerous, referring to his capacity for destruction, rather than a measure of power. He could use guile and cunning that no one else thought of.

What do you think that this implies, concerning Sauron and Morgoth




Third one is implied I think, because of the first two being true.

The implication may be different, as one is Valar and the other is Maiar. It seems to me (feeling here) that when Maiar come down into Arda more of their innate power is lost through incarnation. The Valar I don't think ever fully 'incarnate' except for Morgoth... but that eventually takes his powers of shape changing away, and locks him into his form (and its resultant deformations) , so in that sense one power is gone. So though he begins as the most powerful of the Valar perhaps that finally approximately even them all up (and is after the event you describe.)

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rangerfromthenorth
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Jul 25 2013, 4:38pm

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that was part of his ability to deceive, until of course his physical raiment died in the whole Numenor thing, then he was limited to one form.

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Brethil
Half-elven


Jul 25 2013, 4:38pm

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Bravo Lothwen - a lovely view of two themes, with a most effective choice of quotes.

In contrast to characters who do well by following their "heart" (as Gandalf puts it) would you put characters who follow cold logic? Saruman, for example eithe reasons himself into evil, or at least allows his intellect to construct a logical defence: Sauron cannot be defeated. Therefore he must be allied with. Since he is bound to prove a treacherous ally, he must be allied with as a prelude to betraying him. In Saruman's argument, if not in his heart, this is the least evil way forward




Saruman and his mind of 'metal and wheels'. The constructed, machined opposite of the nature of insight and intuition. Smile Wonderful thought.

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Brethil
Half-elven


Jul 25 2013, 4:42pm

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that was part of his ability to deceive, until of course his physical raiment died in the whole Numenor thing, then he was limited to one form.




until as you say, he finally lost that ability. So maybe a parallel here of progressive loss of that power? (I like to think of the shape shifting as the musical raiment they wear, and the ability to wear it is part of the joy of 'singing' Eru's song. Step away and it becomes fainter and fainter...til its gone! And boom, you are stuck with a scarred face and a limp. Crazy)

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