Thread: One of Eru's Mysterious Ways
Towards showing this to be a truism, Tolkien usually added a short safe interlude between his scary parts: his characters were almost always given a brief respite before being sent on to their next challenge.
Can you refute the above by providing more cases where it was not true rather than true?
Yes I noticed that sort of little snippets here and there of rest and repreive, such as the turning aside to Tom Bombadil and Beorn. And really I could not have read it if there were never any, more llike in the Silmarilion, I felt like I was having a breadkdown reading that. And did you not feel like you were one of the party as the story moved along. So when they had a break, so did I.
Tolkien's works are unique because they contain no true literary heroes. The 'heroes' either failed when they finally faced their destination, or won a Pyrrhic victory.
or won a Pyrrhic victory
You mean like after the hero's Achilles heel did him in as he ensured victory in the final battle, the remainder of his victorious side celebrated his departure with nothing as mundane as sending him over the falls in an Elven boat, but with a land based or, when they could spare the boat, a floating bonfire, around which they sat roasting marshmallows and recounting his past deeds of glory, as he ascended to Valhalla on a column of smoke.
I deem that to be another of Eru's mysterious ways. In order that the hero isn't later debased upon his returning home and becoming a bullying drunkard who can't accommodate normal life, the author bumps him off, turning him into a martyr for the cause.