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The One Ring Forums: Off Topic: The Pollantir:
Immortality
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Poll: Immortality
Yes
No
Not sure
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Lossefalme
Gondor


Mar 6 2007, 9:52pm

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Immortality Can't Post

If you had the chance to become immortal and you could select one other person to become immortal with you if you wanted to, would you do it? Why or why not?


RosieLass
Valinor


Mar 6 2007, 10:32pm

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Absolutely not under any circumstances. [In reply to] Can't Post

There is nothing about this life that is so great that I'd want to keep living it forever. Ugh!


SandWitch King
Rohan


Mar 6 2007, 10:34pm

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Given eternity, I might learn how to spell [In reply to] Can't Post

Not to corrupt your excellent question but isn't the point of many religions that death has no sting and God grants eternal life?

I have often thought many more things exist that I would love to do and learn about and see and travel to than I can fit in one life. I pick YES!


Morwen
Rohan


Mar 6 2007, 10:50pm

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No [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't want to bind myself forever to the circles of the world. This is a great life, there are many things I would like to do that I probably won't be able to fit in, but I don't want to shut myself out of the next life altogether. If you offered me an extra hundred years, and then the afterlife, I'd take you up on it.


Radhruin
Rohan


Mar 6 2007, 10:59pm

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No. [In reply to] Can't Post

Although this life holds many joys, it has a whole lot of sorrow. Give me the afterlife any day. Not saying that I regret having this life, but to go on to infinity doesn't sound very attractive.


Aerlinn
Lorien


Mar 6 2007, 11:01pm

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Threescore and ten is plenty, thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

Or whatever the going rate may be. I don't want to be around to see everyone I know and their children die, the oceans rise, etc.

Though if I could live forever that might see my house paid off, at least.


Greenwood Hobbit
Gondor


Mar 7 2007, 12:41am

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Reminds me of Doctor Who - [In reply to] Can't Post

I remember his slightly manic cheerfulness, and the hollow agony he showed briefly when he acknowledged that no-one could stay with him. *shiver* I voted No. Outliving all you know and love would be an incredibly lonely way to pass the years, even with one other to share them. That would help, but not heal. Every season is new and different, but knowing they will go on after you're gone is more of a comfort than a regret.


Noneoftheabove
Lorien


Mar 7 2007, 1:04am

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Yes and No [In reply to] Can't Post

Lossefalme, do you offer immortality as an un-ending state of being, or to live free of death from sickness and aging, yet still be capable of death?

If I had to live life eternal and never be able to experience death, I would not choose to live forever. But if I was given the ability to live life free of sickness and disease, to avoid the infirmities of old age; I would choose that.


Annael
Half-elven


Mar 7 2007, 1:52am

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nope [In reply to] Can't Post

Physical existence is the hard part; why perpetuate it?


Lossefalme
Gondor


Mar 7 2007, 2:10am

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I was thinking of it more in an Elven sense when I thought of the question. [In reply to] Can't Post

I was thinking about Arwen and Aragorn and then about the "gift" of mortality given to the race of Men by Iluvatar and that led me to this poll question.


Aerlinn
Lorien


Mar 7 2007, 4:11am

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I think it really is a gift... [In reply to] Can't Post

At least till we have the not-wrecking-the-planet part down.

With my luck I'd live forever surrouned by the likes of Howard Stern and what's her name - Ann Coulter.


Radhruin
Rohan


Mar 7 2007, 5:03am

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Ha ha. That's called Hell. {nt} [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Noneoftheabove
Lorien


Mar 7 2007, 8:29am

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Then my answer is yes. [In reply to] Can't Post

If only I could go into the West, when all became weary!


Stapper
Lorien


Mar 7 2007, 9:51am

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No, thank you [In reply to] Can't Post

Life's good, but it has to end some day.
Besides, I wouldn't want to see people around me dying while I knew I had to continue living forever more


Elfmei
The Shire

Mar 7 2007, 2:45pm

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Not Sure.. [In reply to] Can't Post

Being immortal is a good thing or bad thing?
This is a question need to be discovered by personal experience.
As the LOTR said, when everyone else left me, I would be all along on the world.
Might want someone else to be with me.

But if I would foreseen the future life would be more and more boring or the life would get harder and harder, I might not want to secrifised the life of my loved ones.


Alcarcalime
Tol Eressea


Mar 7 2007, 3:26pm

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I am torn between yes and no... [In reply to] Can't Post

I would love more years with my husband (I don't think 1,000 years would be enough) but how could I leave my children behind.


AlassŽa Eruvande
Valinor


Mar 7 2007, 4:13pm

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I wouldn't mind the lifespan of a Numenorian. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd like to live longer than the current lifespan of about 80 or so years. I wouldn't want to live forever, though. I think I'd feel like the elves, fading, stretched thin, weary. I think life can be pretty tiresome at times, but I would like to see my grandchildren's grandchildren. Think of all the spoiling I could do as their great-great-granny. Then, when they are good and rotten, I'd lay down and simply pass away, like Elessar.


Darkstone
Immortal


Mar 7 2007, 5:37pm

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Nah. [In reply to] Can't Post

There's a lot more to life than just life and I'm looking forward to seeing what it is. To live forever would be like being stuck in a bus station: Everyone else hustling and bustling arriving and departing coming and going from exciting places and there you are stuck in the same surroundings forever and ever. Nah, when my bus comes, I'm on it with a window seat enjoying the scenery.


SandWitch King
Rohan


Mar 7 2007, 5:48pm

Post #19 of 38 (260 views)
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You surprise me [In reply to] Can't Post

Do not the words of Jesus promise immortality and eternal life?


Darkstone
Immortal


Mar 7 2007, 6:03pm

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Yep [In reply to] Can't Post

But it's not going to be like this life. Heaven's going to be new and exciting and full of experiences and challenges we can't even imagine.


Idril Celebrindal
Tol Eressea


Mar 7 2007, 6:06pm

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A hard question [In reply to] Can't Post

Part of me wants more life, to do and see everything that I won't get a chance to in the time I have.

But I would not want to live forever if it meant that I would have to watch everyone I loved age and die.


SandWitch King
Rohan


Mar 7 2007, 6:20pm

Post #22 of 38 (216 views)
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Gotcha 8) {NT} [In reply to] Can't Post

Cool


elvenhobbit
Rohan

Mar 7 2007, 7:52pm

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hmmm, not sure is my answer because.... [In reply to] Can't Post

In a way yes it would alieviate suffering (grieving) to those left behind but would you actually want to be immortal against the laws of nature (except to the elves of course...minus a couple).

-e_H-


Penthe
Gondor


Mar 7 2007, 11:07pm

Post #24 of 38 (231 views)
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No thanks, not under any circumstances. [In reply to] Can't Post

I do not like to live forever.
Not as an Elf
Not up in heaven.

I do not like imortality.
I like to live quite finitely.

I will not have it all alone.
I will not have it as a stone.
I will not live with everyone.
Alive forever is no fun.

Although if I had more alive time,
I'm sure I could improve this rhyme.

The End


Lossefalme
Gondor


Mar 8 2007, 12:26am

Post #25 of 38 (192 views)
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Lol. Well said! [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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