On this score I think the Good Valar were good siblings. Those who tried to manipulate without giving choices, however, are considered as being evil (ie. Melkor, Sauron, Saruman).
Now, V, knowing what you know about Tolkien, do you really think he would have written such a bad part for the Valar?
Evil is shown to be completely evil. Orcs are ugly to look upon. They are corrupted, bad.. Why can't Morgoth be a great painter or say, Sauron a great singer? Apparently not.
The question arises of why the Valar gave so much time to the Elves, but very little to Men.
Being evil did not negate the innate power held by Morgoth or Sauron.
But, Floyd, you cannot fault Tolkien for writing from his own perspective which was both Western and Catholic.
I don't think this limitation of Tolkien's is necessarily a bad thing. Knowing one's limitations and working with them is accounted a strength.
I would pay good money to have Tolkien's talent and "limitations."
I'm not faulting him for that. My mere point is that if you're creating something as big, you would do well to at least try and understand what other cultures are about, before directly associating their rituals or whatever with the evil side. I think it is high time that we rose above such narrow minded approach and actually tried to understand what other cultures are about. This is what makes Tolkien just a normal human in my book. He would have been quite a legend if he had actually taken into consideration what other cultures stand for. Then again, this is just my view.
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