Thread: Tolkien's comparisons to religious figures
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Afraid could also be meant as worried in some places.
There is descrepency over whether there were Clocks in Middle-earth. It turns out there are becuase Bilbo put his letter 'By the clock on the mantlepiece'. However Clocks are quite advanced technology that you would not really expect to find in Tolkien's myth. the question remains if there were watches therefore...
If it was today that would probably all have been dealt with in a heart beat.
We can thank computer technology for that. Although more often that not I find myself cursing at my computer, rather than thank it!
Tolkien of course would know intimately the Church's understanding of the angelic choirs:
We know on the authority of Scripture that there are nine orders of angels, viz., Angels, Archangels, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Dominations, Throne, Cherubim and Seraphim. That there are Angels and Archangels nearly every page of the Bible tell us, and the books of the Prophets talk of Cherubim and Seraphim. St. Paul, too, writing to the Ephesians enumerates four orders when he says: 'above all Principality, and Power, and Virtue, and Domination'; and again, writing to the Colossians he says: 'whether Thrones, or Dominations, or Principalities, or Powers'. If we now join these two lists together we have five Orders, and adding Angels and Archangels, Cherubim and Seraphim, we find nine Orders of Angels.
This was from the Catholic Encyclopedia and so he had a lot of information to work with and juggle and mix with the mythologies and come up with the creatures he did.
I bought it on Logos 2, the ship/library that goes around the world..its founded or financed by some non-profitable christian..association. It does a lot of humanitarian work everywhere, and all 200 of the ships crew, including the captain, are volonteurs. That's what i read in the papers. I got some other realy cool books too..And they'r really cheap too! I got another nice set of the LOTR trilogy there for about.. 15 dollars, or 8 pounds.
They'r anchored in my home city Rijeka until May the 7th.
I think, especially in the Silmarillion, that there are still some links to religious figures. The who creation of Middle Earth is an example of the Genesis in the Bible and how Morgoth (the Devil who was once an angel) corrupted Middle Earth. Of course is not a replica of the Bible but I think it is an acceptable theory, so are the theories on celtic, nordic and saxon mythology!
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