Tag Archives: Eru

Hubble Sees A Smiling Lens

Hubble Sees A Smiling Lens:

spaceexp:

NASA – Hubble Space Telescope patch.

10 February 2015

In the center of this image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 — and it seems to be smiling.

You can make out its two orange eyes and white button nose….

Eru’s benediction, only for the eyes of believers.

Hubble Sees A Smiling Lens

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Fragments on Elvish Reincarnation

lintamande:

erunyauve:

I’ve compiled some of the bits I found interesting from ‘Fragments on ElvishReincarnation’, published in L’Effigie
des Elfes
, edited by Michaël Devaux, Bragelonne 2014.

The
text begins with a recap of the ‘Converse of Manwë with Eru’ that appears as an
appendix to ‘Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth’ in Morgoth’s Ring.  Some of the
text that follows appears in Christopher Tolkien’s notes to this text and
others, but this is the first time it has been published as a whole.

The
‘Converse’ was written in 1959, and begins with Manwë’s presentation of the
problem to Eru:  Elves, who were supposed
to be immortal, were dying.  This comes
to a crisis point when Míriel dies.  In
Tolkien’s ‘Comments’, he writes:

The Valar were troubled,
not only because of the case of Finwë and Míriel but because of the Avari and
Sindar;  for Middle-earth was perilous to
bodies, and many had died, even before the Eldar came to Aman.
(p 102)

So,
the Valar actually did remember, and care about the Elves who were left behind?

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That is the most terrifying and disturbing interpretation of the reshaping of the world ever, I’m really annoyed with Tolkien now. Eru takes Valinor out of the world by just…killing all the Elves? Everyone who takes the Straight Road is (unknowingly) leaving the physical world behind to half-exist as spirits until the end of Arda? And the mortals who go with them just die? I knew Tolkien and I had different senses of what constituted a happy ending, but I feel weirdly betrayed now. 

(mentally files this away with ‘Teleporno’ to totally ignore)

Deep stuff. Ima trying to wrap my head around it still. But yeah, this oughta be under “Read and forget”.

Fragments on Elvish Reincarnation

nubbsgalore:a genetic mutation known as erythrism, which…

nubbsgalore:

a genetic mutation known as erythrism, which suppresses the black pigment eumelanin and produces an excess of the red pigment phaeomelanin, causes these grasshoppers to turn a dangerously conspicuous pink (making rare the photographer who manages to photograph one). the combination of red hair and freckles in humans is thought to be a form of erythrism. photos by roeselien raimond, victoria hillman, marcus juvonen, tim parkinson

Lovely nature. Within Middle-earth lore, I’d like to think gene mutations were a mischief of Morgoth, conceptually the perfect bookend to this post by lintamande, which says:

I think I prefer to believe that Oromë and Vána, who understand the cyclical nature of healthy ecosystems on account of being the Vala of hunting and the Vala of eternal youth (which I interpret as ‘renewal’), collaborated on the invention of flies and then Morgoth corrupted them into mosquitos, which are totally evil and ecologically unnecessary.

Mosquitos are to flies as orcs are to Elves, basically.

(source)

Melkor had always shown a pre-disposition to improv and add his own signature to things. Genetic mutation would be the perfect signature from him, though how fuschia grasshoppers might serve his grand plan is anyone’s guess.

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Reader: The Silmarillion. Akallabêth

Reader deep thought: From the aftermath of the War of Wrath emerged a new landscape in Middle-earth, both literally and socio-geo-politically. The Second Age, the Age of Men had begun. Morgoth may be gone, but this was not a happily ever after tale about the Edain, the three Houses of Elf-friends who fought on the side of the Eldar and the Valar: this was about Men behaving badly, aka the Downfall of Númenor, which began when the Valar took it into mind to “put things in place”, featuring a brand new pad for the scions of the Edain, or as they called themselves after the fancy new pad: Númenoreans, aka Dúnedain.

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Reader: The Silmarillion. Ainulindalë

Reader deep thought: The ultimate song-and-dance number aka while having too many cooks spoil the broth, one diva is all it takes to make it all about him.
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