Re: CHAT: Tolkien (was Re: fantasy)
|From:||Jeffrey Henning <jeffrey@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, November 27, 1999, 4:18|
And Rosta <a.rosta@...> comunu:
> Are elves a separate entity. I don't have my Silmarillion with me,
> but I thought hobbits are a variety of Men, and Men and elves are
> of the same "species", while Dwarves were independently created,
> and Orks are bred from elves.
Elves and Men are most definitely two different species. Men have the "Gift
of Iluvatar", which happens to be a short life and death. Elves stay in
Middle Earth until they are weary of it and finally depart. If an elf is
killed in battle, I believe he goes to the Hall of Mandos to wait -- in
other words he still lives. You can sail to Valinor and find a "slain" elf
in the Hall of Mandos, without having died yourself. Unfortunately, you're
not allowed to leave the Hall of Mandos yourself...
It's definitely time for you to re-read the Silmarillion, And! :-) I just
re-read it completely for the fourth time this spring -- it's a wonderful
book, but I didn't like it the first two times I attempted to read it. I
now think its the best of all JRRT's works.
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