Oh, what an amazing topic. The first thing that came to my mind is that I wish that someday I will be wise enough and mature enough to learn from JRRT. Not only enjoy reading, analyzing and discussing, but also really seeing what is the most important in his stories. There is some ultimate truth in those epic stories we sometimes read, and definitely Tolkien was one of the writers who are able to put this truth into their work - that's what I know for sure.
One thing that hits me every time I read his works is that sense of humbleness. All those great, strong and powerful characters in the books know they are only a part of the world - and that's how I see their wisdom. They are able to look further, there's always something more to care about, there's always something more to consider. There are goals and perspectives - sometimes very distant for them, unreachable or unclear, but reading Tolkien's stories you can be sure that everything will make sense. They won't concentrated on their selfish reasons, because they know that they aren't the most important in the world, and there is something 'bigger'. It's a perfect characteristic for a wise person in my opinion. And seeing how important nowadays is to be the most beautiful, the most seflf-confident, the richest, the canniest ect. I'd love see this in the world around me.
Brego I will call you from now on: Green spirit. I really love those posts!
I think JRR Tolkien wrote many things to be learnt and in my case, I like that related to Nature but also friendship. When there is a huge danger or evil that can destroy everything we love, no matter from which folk you belong, just let our differences aside and come together to fight against it. Then you have also loyalty, the love for simple things, etc.
Beautiful wise thread!
I heartily agree Brego, although Elves, Men, Dwarves and such were essentially in this subworld created in the image and likeness i think of Eru, like the Christian Judeo God, the earth and all therein was a divine gift and the proper and sacred stewardship of it all was a serious commission given to all and was to carefully be done. Eru endowed all the trees , water, air, soil and such to stand tall and bring retribution to acts ongoing of cruelty and neglect.
John Ronald perhaps was thinking of the scripture in the Bible that says of God " He will bring to ruin all those ruining the earth."
Beautifully said all of you.
I think also the thing i learned and live by myself is the message that happiness is not the most important thing at all. Living in the manner and achieving at least in part that which Eru meant for each and every creature instead of perverting his purpose and thus bringing grief and sorrow to many is far more important than the pursuit of happiness. That is why Gandalf told Frodo that we only have a window of time, very small indeed in certain instances and we must decide to either plow ahead and do what is right, noble, and in some way everlasting rather than selfishly gratify our whims and pleasures when so much is at stake.
We have example after example of simple people , noble elves, stalwart Numenoreans, dwarves, hobbits who forsook their own happiness to fight and die if needs must to preserve freedom, beauty and health of their world and leave a legacy of peace and freedom and choice of good things to their descendants. To me the difference between such ones and those who live for themselves only is the difference between clean, clear mountain water and sludge and sewage.
Wise words in this thread. I think Leelee's post must make us think about being selfish or taking care of others. We are not alone in this world and we must at least respect the others. This brings to my memory a song I hear constantly: Alone in heaven (Sonata Arctica). Could someone be happy when everyone around is suffering? Living in society means to feel part of it, work together, cry together and enjoy together.
Related to war. I will never understand it as I will never understand many things in this world (violence in any way, racism, etc.) But it's true Brego, Tolkien tells us that war is the last answer. In some cases, as we see actually, people take weapons as the first way to solve their differences, killing their brothers, causing deep pain; we are making this world a true hell by many facts.
So as Gandalf said: All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. For that, we must do good, listen to mother earth and take care of it, help the others, be thankful for what we have and others do for us and learn to forgive. It's just my opinion.
Wise words indeed, Elbereth.
By the way, Brego. Considering your first post and it's content, I find it quite strange that you talked about nature right there, and then two days later, I finally penned down my 'The Sorrow of All Woods', and added it as a journal entry. I had planned to write it on the same day you wrote your post, but my computer crashed that evening and I lost the stuff I had written, and I was too bored to write it down during that evening.
It is a short work, but what is funny is that I wrote down my thoughts about nature, and how I feel about the fact that some people just cannot respect Mother Earth.
Anyway, I gotta go now. I just wanted to say that and express my interest in this thread. Who knows, maybe I'll join in for a few more posts.. Someday. ;)
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