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Originally posted by SloAnPainful
reply to post by godspetrat
I'm not a rat, but I'm drinking beer...as a matter of fact...
-SAP-edit on 5-6-2013 by SloAnPainful because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Unity_99
I only liked Gandalf the White! Its time for all the prodigal sons/daughters, mismanagers of the planet, to wake up to Love and Light and help others, like their own family and children, not think they're the testers and we the testees because some of us are here to wake them up, and turn their lives around, and break their contracts, make them null and void!
Very interesting thread!
Originally posted by Lawgiver
Tolkien and cs lewis were very good friends and discussed religious issues quite frequently. Their writings shared religious and moral themes. Lewis was just more obvious with his writings
Many fans are aware of that C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were close friends. Tolkien helped convert Lewis to Christianity, whereas Lewis encouraged Tolkien to expand his fictional writing; both taught at Oxford, both were interested in literature, and both wrote fictional books which propagated basic Christian themes and principles.
Originally posted by maquino
Tolkien's Christian allegory is the most obvious in his retelling of the YHVH/Satan/Michael "Paradise Lost" myth with the names changed to Eru/Melkor/Manwë in the Silmarillion. But there are other, more subtle tendencies as well, such as the LOTR implication that Frodo cannot triumph over Sauron without becoming like him. So the Ring must be destroyed, ultimately, by accident; only thus can Frodo retain his innocence. Indeed Smeagol/Gollum acted as a sort of "ghost of Christmas yet to come" by reminding Frodo what his future would be like if he kept the Ring. Interesting that it was this same "ghost" who, also accidentally, "redeemed" Frodo at the end.
Personally I was always struck by the conspicuous absence/silence of the trilogy's title character: Sauron. It's usually supposed that JRRT did this for effect: to make him more mysterious and scary, like the unseen monster hiding under your bed at night. Alternately, like many intense Christians, JRRT may simply have been afraid to explore "the Devil" too closely, for fear of being seduced by the Dark Side of the Force, as it were.
Anyway, to see how things might have looked to Melkor and Sauron, take a look at the Morlindalë.