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TORn AMATEUR SYMPOSIUM Essay "The Often Maligned God of Arda: How Eru is the Ultimate Hero of Middle Earth" by Rangerfromthenorth

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Welcome to November 2013 TORn Amateur Symposium, the second TAS!

We are very pleased to present the next essay for TAS2:



"The Often Maligned God of Arda: How Eru is the Ultimate Hero of Middle Earth"

Abstract:


In this paper I will explore the complex topic of Eru's providence and sovereignty in Arda. I have often run into Tolkien fans who either misunderstand Eru or some who even suggest that he is a terrible God. I believe they think this way because they are frustrated not with Eru but with God in the real world. This of course is a testament to how Tolkien's work is so excellently crafted that it naturally connects to our world. The misconceptions of fans stem from a failing to realize that how Tolkien conceived of God (from a Christian and Catholic perspective) greatly impacts how he portrays Eru. Any analysis of Eru must start with this reality This paper is not about rehashing the same tired arguments about Christianity and Tolkien, rather, this paper will look specifically at the providence of Eru in light of Tolkien's views and how, ultimately, Eru is the true hero of Middle Earth. Without Eru, evil would have never been defeated and we would have been robbed of the immense joy of reading the many chapters of Middle Earth history. I will examine several instances, starting with the creation account, showing that Eru is not detached but is working out his perfect plan as found in the Great Music of the Ainulindale.




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Our authors have written essays and analyses that are concerned, in some way, with the legendarium of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. These essays may be philosophic opinions, scientific theories, or analytical approaches to understanding or highlighting some facet of Tolkien's writings and world. These pieces are written with the goal of amateur scholarship at their core - thus inspiring our Symposium title. Authors may choose to include citations or footnotes, but they are by no means required. Keeping in mind the dual spirit of enjoyment and inquiry that we believe in (as much as we value cheer and song), and which is of paramount important to both the TAS team and our authors, we fully encourage discussion of the essays presented.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 essay can be posted in this response to this thread.

We have quite a full schedule of essays - essays will posted approximately every other day. The full schedule can be found
here.

So please, go forth and enjoy all of the works we have posted for this 2013 November Session. The entire TAS Team, (Elaen32, DanielLB and Brethil), is both delighted and proud to present the essays our TAS members have crafted, relating their interests and skills to the world of JRRT that we all love; a world most intricately crafted, and one that "takes hold of us, and never let's go."




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TORn AMATEUR SYMPOSIUM Essay "The Often Maligned God of Arda: How Eru is the Ultimate Hero of Middle Earth" by Rangerfromthenorth TORn Amateur Symposium Send a private message to TORn Amateur Symposium Nov 12 2013, 2:55pm
    Great piece Ranger! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Nov 12 2013, 3:46pm
    A very thought-provoking essay Ranger.... elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Nov 12 2013, 4:34pm
        you are quite right... rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Nov 12 2013, 4:38pm
            Nah, it wasn;t a criticism... elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Nov 12 2013, 4:42pm
    I couldn't agree more with your last paragraph: DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Nov 12 2013, 4:40pm
        Wrapi it up in paper and tie a pink bow on it!! Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 12 2013, 8:19pm
            Thanks for quoting this story Rem elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Nov 12 2013, 10:49pm
                My pleasure.... Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 1:02am
                    Sounds like a Symposium piece Rem... Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Nov 13 2013, 2:52am
                        Indeed... Mikah Send a private message to Mikah Nov 13 2013, 3:09am
                            We shall have to keep our eyes out Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Nov 13 2013, 4:09am
                                Well said!! Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 4:21am
                                    A side note... Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Nov 14 2013, 12:32am
                                        Ah yes.... Mikah Send a private message to Mikah Nov 14 2013, 12:52am
                                            Absolutely Mikah - seems like the motion carries! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Nov 14 2013, 1:24am
                                                I'd LOVE to lead it!!. If I may be so bold?(and life allows) Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 14 2013, 3:20am
                                                    Sounds like a plan...we will chat once the date is set Rem! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Nov 14 2013, 3:52am
                                            We've discussed it four years ago, sador Send a private message to sador Nov 14 2013, 4:45pm
                                                Ah! Thanks so much Sador for the links! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Nov 14 2013, 8:48pm
                                                Thank you... Mikah Send a private message to Mikah Nov 15 2013, 1:35am
                                This reminds me... Mikah Send a private message to Mikah Nov 14 2013, 12:50am
                        A discussion for another day... Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 3:20am
                    Rem, wait... FaramirFan Send a private message to FaramirFan Nov 13 2013, 3:03am
                        *puts on brakes* Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 3:34am
    best of possible worlds, redshirts, and free will noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Nov 12 2013, 6:41pm
        Free Will FaramirFan Send a private message to FaramirFan Nov 12 2013, 7:19pm
            The return on "Prophecies with Wiggle Room"! noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Nov 12 2013, 7:29pm
                Road to Middle Earth? FaramirFan Send a private message to FaramirFan Nov 12 2013, 7:49pm
                Very apropos recalling that Furincurunir Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Nov 12 2013, 8:13pm
                    outside of time.... NICE! rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Nov 12 2013, 9:18pm
                        Thanks Ranger, glad you like that bit Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Nov 13 2013, 3:13am
                        On time Terazed Send a private message to Terazed Nov 13 2013, 5:39am
                A ticklish business Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 12 2013, 9:02pm
                    Rem , you are reminding me of Alisdair Stuart noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Nov 12 2013, 10:29pm
                        Only good memories I hope.... Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 3:46am
                            In a good way noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Nov 13 2013, 7:32am
                foresight - url for the Osanwe-kenta essay in pdf form FaramirFan Send a private message to FaramirFan Nov 13 2013, 5:12am
        Providence & Free Will rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Nov 12 2013, 7:41pm
        Hunthor, and arguably Halbarad sador Send a private message to sador Nov 13 2013, 11:15am
            "Tolkien's redshirts?" Sounded like a tangent needing it's own thread noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Nov 13 2013, 10:21pm
    Dare I mention it... cats16 Send a private message to cats16 Nov 13 2013, 2:09am
        Yes.... Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 3:05am
            Faith is a different thing slightly FaramirFan Send a private message to FaramirFan Nov 13 2013, 3:52am
                Thanks!! Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 4:09am
            Right, Rem... cats16 Send a private message to cats16 Nov 13 2013, 3:54am
        The Downfall of Numenor Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Nov 13 2013, 7:45am
            Very good parallel, Arda... cats16 Send a private message to cats16 Nov 13 2013, 7:57am
                Sauron Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Nov 13 2013, 8:33am
                    One concern, though... cats16 Send a private message to cats16 Nov 13 2013, 5:08pm
                        I share your thoughts on that, Cats CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Nov 13 2013, 6:05pm
                            Jealous gods? Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 6:20pm
                                Yes, great point CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Nov 13 2013, 7:02pm
                                    True about Atlantis Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Nov 14 2013, 12:29am
                            Definitely... cats16 Send a private message to cats16 Nov 14 2013, 12:31am
                        of course he cared, he orchestrated them being saved! rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Nov 13 2013, 10:26pm
                        Well... Bombadil21 Send a private message to Bombadil21 Nov 13 2013, 10:44pm
                        That, I think, depends on how you view the Gift of Men Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Nov 14 2013, 8:14am
                            Interestingly enough..... Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 14 2013, 1:50pm
                            Well said, Ardamire! Meneldor Send a private message to Meneldor Nov 15 2013, 1:29am
                                Neat thoughts, Meneldor. cats16 Send a private message to cats16 Nov 15 2013, 1:44am
                                    The fact that the Numenoreans *were* originally the most faithful is key. Werde Spinner Send a private message to Werde Spinner Nov 15 2013, 7:58pm
                                        Although... cats16 Send a private message to cats16 Nov 15 2013, 8:55pm
                                            Oh, yes, I agree, it was mostly Sauron's doing. Werde Spinner Send a private message to Werde Spinner Nov 17 2013, 3:00am
                                                Agreed... cats16 Send a private message to cats16 Nov 17 2013, 5:50am
        Eru and Numenor CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Nov 13 2013, 1:44pm
            The problem with gods Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 2:20pm
    A good observation, and an important one! sador Send a private message to sador Nov 13 2013, 11:55am
        Good questions rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Nov 13 2013, 3:47pm

 
 
 

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