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On Tolkien's two paths of wisdom

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Sep 25 2013, 1:07am

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I'd meant to get newsfrombree to drop a link in here, but forgot ...

Anyway, this is a really interesting article by a new TORn feature writer about how the rash and wicked actions of craftsmen such as Feanor and Saruman inadvertently sully the concept of skill.

An link: http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2013/09/24/79454-on-tolkiens-two-paths-of-wisdom/

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Sep 27 2013, 4:39am

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But perhaps there is a bit of a false dichotomy here. There certainly is no making with knowledge of the skill and Gandalf himself was renowned for making of fireworks. That is neither here not there though. But he did leave off one major character known for his desire to make: melkor. He desired to make middle earth in his own image and sang discord into Arda. I have always found interesting that those who fell after morgoth: Saruman and Sauron, were Maiar under Aule, but it makes sense, for they both great knowledge and skill and desired to make things after their own image.

Not all those who wander are lost


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