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  1. I guess the thing with mithril is that they can’t give elven people mithril infusions, but the point of the creation of the rings of power is to bind this silmaril essence from mithril, and thus preventing the elves from fading by infusing the reality with this mithrilness, which will make middle earth valinorish. If the showrunners are more clever than I credit them to be, the black rot that GilGalad sees in the tree is an effect created by Sauron in order to make the elven leadership panic and jump into the ring project without thinking it through. Galadriel will the be the only one who asks questions and sees through it (but nobody but possible Elrond will believe her). And I still say that the stranger is Tilion (but unnamed for copyright reasons), and the origin of the song Frodo sang at the Prancing Pony. See him and the moon while the harfoot girl sang. And ice magic seems to fit with a cold moon to. And if he’s not Tilion, he is probably Saruman, but through a misunderstanding still the origin of the man in the moon story of hobbit lore. (And the man in the moon in Roverandom is quite Sarumanish, but kind of a good Saruman. Like Artaxerxes was an evil Gandalf).
  2. I wouldn’t call the Silmarillion a novel. If you, wrongly, try to judge it as a novel it will not appear good. Just as wagnerian opera is very bad considered as jazz. The Silmarillion is myth.
  3. Gandalf didn’t go to Valinor when he died, he left Arda and went to the Timeless Halls, and where then sent back by Illuvatar Himself (see Tolkiens letter 156). Since Sauron still can shapeshift, he can appear as more than one character in the story, but not two characters that are very far away. But it is possible that he both is Adar and a seemingly nicer character in Eregion. By the way, Sauron probably was interested in smithing in itself, since he began as an maia attached to Aule. And I still think meteorman is the Man in the Moon, and thus the origin in the tale of the song Frodo sings at the Prancing Pony.
  4. I think meteorman is the Man in the Moon (propably looking for plumpudding).
  5. No, it is more like russians being proud of the battle of Stalingrad.
  6. The important point of Freuds theory is that everyone represses the knowledge of this, and erases it from the conscious mind. And most insistently denies that it is true. Thus Oedipus blinds himself. So if Freuds theory is right (a very big “if”), then it follows that every civilization would most insistently claim that it is unnatural and doesn’t occur. Also, isn’t the focus of the theory more on the wishing to murder the father as the rival of the mothers love, than on sexual feelings for the mother herself.
  7. Regarding Tolkien; for all his conservatism, ha never does the ” women is captive and in mortal/moral danger and has to be rescued by her lover”. Actually, the only time I can recall when a captive half of a love couple is rescued from dangerous captivity, is when Luthien (together with the hound Huan) saves Bergen and Finrod from the captivity of Sauron. And Luthien does the main part of getting the Silmarils through first changing the shapes of her and Bergen, and then putting Morgoth to sleep.
  8. @Maarsen: I don’t consider Homer mimetic (although you could argue that he is more mimetic than Tolkien).
  9. @Butterweedstrover: why is the worldbuilding of Silmarillion an affront, but not that of Homer or Milton? If you don’t know anything about classical mythology you will have as much trouble getting into Homer as somebody who knows nothing about Tolkien’s legendarium have. Anyway, every peace of fiction has a certain amount of worldbuilding, the difference is that mimetic fiction demands less talent from the writer, since they can count on the reader’s knowledge of the real world.
  10. @Butterweedstrover: Which characters in the Silmarillion would it be normal for a reader to build a close friendship to or vicariously project one’s self onto said character? Or in the Malazan Book of the Fallen? (As for Milton, I would guess Satan for some, Adam for others depending on religious inclination, if you are going to talk about things in this way).
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