I know, so much has been discussed already I have seen Laurelindhe also asking quite a lot: what were Eru's thoughts, so I think we are far from done here.
I just think that if Melkor is a part from Eru, it somehow makes Eru more perfect. I just don't think someone can be fully good, not even Eru, without a slighest part of Evil inside theml. As Ghandi said: Evil is, good or truth misplaced. Somewhere, something went wrong with Melkor and his evil surfaced.
I am just wondering.. if Eru was that powerful, why did he let Melkor or Sauron for that matter play such a role? Did he had a role for Melkor when he weaved the musics? Did he had Melkor in mind as an evil influence to exceed the elves and men to their outer limits to fight it?
I think all of this has already been answered somewhere in the beginning of this thread.
We already gave so many quotes that the entire Ainulindalë is probably already included in this thread...
Because of their shorter life span Men also hold the key to success against Sauron - hope and striving against all odds, while elves prefer to keep things unchanged and hide away from the evil.
Hiding away from evil? Yeh, sure. That's why the Noldor returned to Beleriand at the beginning of the First Age and why the Elves at the end of the third age accepted the destruction of the One Ring which put an end to the Three.
Elves have always done what they had to do against evil.