'Tolkien's Middle-earth gleams with the light of an ancient hope: peace between peoples, and with nature, and before the unknown.'
~ Patrick Curry, 'Defending Middle-earth: Tolkien, Myth and Modernity' (1997). / 📚🌌
🌄 #HobbitWeek Day 3 ~ Favourite Theme/Subplot 👣
I'm literally stunned by the knowledge that we are almost halfway through this week-long celebration! I hope you're enjoying it and making the best of it just as we are! 😍🙆♀️
I've been eagerly waiting to talk about this specific prompt, which allows me to address an important, if often neglected, aspect of how we conceive the tales set in Middle-earth, especially 'The Lord of the Rings'; today I'll (briefly LOL) set myself out to debunk the false myth that in Tolkien's stories and general vision of his universe the line that divides good from evil is too well-defined, and that there is no inner conflict throughout, either within the characters or in outside events. 🔮🏰
(YES, I'm looking at some of your statements about it, Mr. George R.R. Martin! I admire you and respect you, but we'll have to agree to disagree on this point! 🤣🤷♀️)
I beg to differ, and here's why: apart from the fact that one only needs to look at Frodo and Sméagol's character arcs in their entirety to find a plethora of instances in which the lines between self-sacrifice, free will, sense of guilt and deep addiction, mental corruption brought on by the Ring's influence and PTSD get severely blurred (albeit with opposite results), nearly every character's development rotates about a subtle or explicit conflict of some sort. All the protagonists deal with temptation (which can come in a number of forms) and their subsequent breaking points. It means that all of us can fall prey to dark thoughts and deeds, but that if we stand together against them, we can conquer our lives' own lurking shadows. ✨🕯
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