Which is the most important/significant theme/element in TLOTR?
Hope and Endurance - 17%
Loyalty and Devotion - 5%
Mercy and Pity - 5%
Fate and the significance of choice - 17%
Friendship, compassion and love - 30%
Hospitality and Kindness - 0%
REsisting temptation - 2%
Redemption and Sacrifice - 17%
Bravery and heroic deeds - 2%
The results are probably different now, but I think they will be stay relatively the same, as the last poll did.
So I was wondering if any of you people who voted (There were 40 of you, I expect 40 posts) would like to share their views on WHY they actually voted the way they did. I'll start.
I voted 'Mercy and Pity.' I voted this because I thought that all these elements/themes were important in TLOTR, but unlike the others Mercy and Pity were actually talked about briefly and were shown to be important by Gandalf. (And Tolkien, for that matter, though I can't prove it)
Frodo and Gandalf had a conversation which to me indicated that Pity and Mercy were the most important theme/element in TLOTR.
What a pity Bilbo did not stab the vile creature, when he had a chance!
Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and MErcy: not to strike without need.
I do not feel any pity for Gollum. He deserves death.
Deserves death! I daresay he does. Many tha tlive deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give that to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.
i also remember reading somewhere that Tolkien said that Frodo failed in destroying the Ring, but succeeded because he showed Pity to Gollum, and without Gollum, the Ring would never have been destroyed. i don't know where I read it, but I am absolutely certain and positive that he said something like that, and I have read it somewhere.
Alright, now it's your turn!