Death as a gift

Death as a gift - Matt Redmond Philosophy of Tolkien Short Paper#2 Death as a Gift In the Akallabeth portion of J.R.R Tolkiens Silmarillion Men

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Matt Redmond 12/11/08 Philosophy of Tolkien Short Paper #2 Death as a Gift In the Akallabeth portion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion , Men were said to be given mortality whereas the Eldar were given immortality. Men were envious of the Eldar’s everlasting life, and because of this, the relationship between Men and Illuvatar was one of struggle. In the time before their envy, the Dunedain, men who remained loyal to the Valar, flourished. They lived long lives, sailed the seas, and constantly aided the Elves in their war against Morgoth and his servant Sauron. After having sailed all they could sail, and experiencing conquest and victory, the Dunedain began to speak of the Eldar’s immortality, and of breaking the Ban of the Valar – a ban that disallowed men to sail west to the point where they could no longer see Numenor. When the Eldar heard of their envy, they informed the Dunedain that mortality was a gift given by Eru, allowing Men to escape the confines of Arda. Men were not able to shed their envy, and after
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2009 for the course PL 155 taught by Professor Kreeft during the Fall '08 term at BC.

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Death as a gift - Matt Redmond Philosophy of Tolkien Short Paper#2 Death as a Gift In the Akallabeth portion of J.R.R Tolkiens Silmarillion Men

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