Agreed, this is a great thread. I take into account the modern conveniences that we tend to take for granter such as electricity, plumbing, instant communication, etc. I would still choose Middle-earth.
The qualities that I hold of high value, were held in high esteem during that time. Honor, commitment, integrity, and loyalty. In this disposable society these qualities no longer hold much worth. If our spouse displeases us, we divorce them. If a situation gets too difficult, we quit. We live in a disposable generation, to say the least. Think about Luthien and her willingness to stand by Beren, at the cost of her life. Melian standing by Thingol, when he refused her counsel and kept the Silmiril. Finwe and Feano'rs sons going into exile with Feanor. Were they the wisest decisions? I do not know. But I respect them.
I also hold high respect for their kings. The kings of Middle-earth led their people in battle. They did not sit in an office thousands of miles away where there was no consequence to their own lives for bad decisions. It confounds me how a person can be commander in chief of a military, who has never fought in a war himself. This would be unheard of in Middle-earth. When Fingolfin saw what he considered to be certain destruction of his people, he challenged Morgoth to duel.. Could you imagine King Theoden telling his rohirrim, "you are going to war, but I am going to sit here and wait for you, because I am too important." If the king's of Middle-earth were willing to send their people to fight for a cause, they were willing to die for it themselves.
At least the people of Middle-earth knew who the enemy was. In this day and age we are left to wonder. This is just my humble opinion.
However, you did not answer your own question Elbereth. I am very curious of your thoughts.
Middle Earth, no question about it. Since I was young I've always wished I could live in an ancient or medieval era. I also love things like dragons, balrogs, wizards, and landscapes......so where else might be a perfect fit?
And of course I'm fully aware of the threat of Morgoth, the deception of men, the secrecy of elves, and the bluntness of dwarves. Sure the whole "government" aspect isn't much different, but that'll be the case in any large population area that needs some form of control. True you gotta make your own way, but hey, at least you know elves are probably watching you!! Everybody loves spying elves, right?
Also if I had the choice I'd be a somewhat "enigmatic" maia who keeps to himself, probably staying mostly in the northern forests. Local children make up tales about me or say I'm a demon or witch, but I would be in no way evil. Just meditate in the peacefulness of ME, no roads or construction or traffic or guns or cell phones or any of that to distract you.
I think there are pros and cons to both ends but personally i'd much rather live in ME. I'd feel much more comfortable living with elves, hobbits, wizards ect than inconsiderate, greedy mortals. There is such beauty in certain parts of middle earth that can only be dreamed of here. I believe i would be quite comfortable living in Lothlorien <3
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