A Tolkien Virgin: Of Men - The Journey Continues

OK, I skipped a week. I'm sorry. To make it up to you, I'll post two of Marks reviews. He just informed me this week that he has finished everything we are going to allow him to read in the Silmarillion.

Of Men

It's a beautiful thing to me that Men first come into contact with the Dark Elves that never joined in the journey to Valinor and don't know but rumors of the Valar. I can't explain exactly why it is so great. Maybe it's because the Dark Elves are no longer merely lost and without hope of seeing Valinor. Now, they have a special purpose: to welcome Men into the world and teach them. Remembering how long ago it was that the Dark Elves were lost when they fled Orome and Nahar, that they should now come back as an important element in this grand legend of Tolkien's is very cool indeed.

It's a definite style of Tolkien's in the Silmarillion to mention in passing an incredibly intriguing story that may or may not be told later. Right now I'm refering to Beren son of Barahir who is the only Elf ever to return from the mansions of the dead. What a great story would that be, huh?! Sheesh. There's also mention at the very end of Earendil and Elwing (apparently the offspring of elf/man relationships) and their child Elrond--only slightly less intriguing. I suppose the imagined hearers of these tales would be Elves (I'm sure you're sick of my pointing that out), and they would all probably be familiar with these great legends that Tolkien mentions in passing. So, as frustrating as it may be, again kudos to Tolkien for adding these tidbits in to make the grand story more fascinating.

till next time, keep thinking


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