> After some thought and checking the passage, I see that is a correct
> distinction. So what caused the door to open? It was not that the word
> "mellon" contained general powers of opening, but the gate itself was magical
> and responded to that specific word.
Voice-activated circuitry (traced in ithildin?) Clarke-like 'magic'
> > I would say it is not the spoken word which has power, but the being
> > who speaks it.
> "Some dwarf-gates will open only at special times, or for particular persons;
> and some have locks and keys that are still needed when all necessary times and
> words are known. These doors have no key. In the days of Durin they were not
> secret. They usually stood open and doorwards sat here. But if they were
> shut, any who knew the opening word could speak it and pass in. At least so it
> is recorded, is it not," Michael? :)
Sounds like the lock on a bank safe - clock-controlled.
> Message: 7
> Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2001 05:01:45 -0000
> From: "Michael Martinez" <michael@...>
> Subject: Re: Magic in M.e. (was Tolkien's runes of power)
> > > There is no indication that there was anything magical about the
> > > word. Gandalf refers to a "word of command" in his encounter with
> > > the Balrog,
Right, he had delegated authority from the One. Even the balrog had to
obey. This is really well-known in Christian theology, which JRRT held
to quite strongly. "I am a servant of the Secret Fire" which has been
revealed to be the Third Person of the HOly Trinity. . .
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