Well the "story" of LotR is actually almost lifted entirely from Finnish tribal songs, from these tribes in northern Finland that Tolkien spent much
There in that part of the world, Norse myth still lived as tales, passed from elder to young. And Middle Earth is Midgard.
There really is no difference that I could see between the black tongue and the Elvish because they both used a lot of Consonants, since C in elvish
is pronounced K.
Blah blah, the Dwarves now there's a real gutteral language, but they are described as always being good, though they hid when Sauron took over the
"Gandalf - Clearly a profit figure" Wrong, clearly an Odin rip off...hell he even dies to gain more "wisdom".
Furthermore, they say that all the dates are related to older christian dates of importance, which we all know are related to older pagan dates of
importance, this Tolkien knew too.
And I do think tolkien's works are an allegory, though he may not even known exactly how it was when he wrote it.
This "Stuff you can use" over-looks many things.
Such as Treebeard remembering when names were MUCH longer. And comments "Seems all the names are now shortening, even mine."
They fail to mention the Elves passing away to the land of the west. Note passing away
that was how tolkien ALWAYS reffered to it, the west
was indeed the land of the dead, where the elves came from, just as in norse myth...Asgaurd (not really the land of dead, but only the dead and gods
) actually upon reading this, I just realized that norse myth the land of the "dead" would be more properly titled the land of
"immortals". Since there the brave would live forever, until of course the final battle, I'll mention more of this after further explaination at
the end, also in bold.
I believe the travelling to the west is indeed the most important part of the whole story, because as the Elves travel to the west, the magic leaves
from Middle Eart//Midgard, and leaves man mortal with short lives, dwarves die out as a race, and hobbits hide somewhere
LotR is more of a sad story, of how history is always grander, and the next "age" is ever more deminished, compared to the previous.
Morgoth in the First Age, Elrond mentions how splendid the banners and armor were then, and how grand it was when Morgoth was defeated, and
Sauron with the second age, again, a great alliance of Men and Elves to fight off a lesser evil, Morgoth's servant, Sauron. He is defeated, Elves
retreat from the world of man, and begin to travel west.
Evil grows again, the numenor are now all but gone, leaving the world TERRIBLY plain, and dwarves are left homeless, and men fighting desperate
battles, and the Elves still leaving to the west.
Finally they defeat Sauron, in doing so the last bit of Middle earth, Lothlorien, is no longer protected by Galadriel's ring of Adament, Gandalf's
abilities are few without his Ring of Fire, and Elrond's Ring is now also useless.
The Elves in the next 100 years or so all are gone, man is all that's left with gimili's departure, and the dwarves deminishing numbers, the hobbits
left to themselves...and finally when Arwyn dies in Lothlorien, winter falls upon lothlorien for the first time ever.
Signifying the Death...of Elvendom in the land of mortals, and in a sense, the end of Middle Earth, and the rise of modern history.
More or less, the death of Paganism, and the rise of the world we know today.
The 3rd age could also be Ragnarok, possibly, being the end of the "norse" culture, since it is the final battle for all, while they all don't
die, the elves all leave, they all die eventually of age what not, and most importantly, their way of life dies, making way for as I said above,
modern type peoples. Not the grand destruction Ragnarok predicts, but its concept seems much the same, and most of Tolkien's works are far less than
grand, and very down to earth.
[Edited on 23-1-2003 by FreeMason]