17968RE: [TolkienDiscussions] Re: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin
- Jun 1, 2007<<Anent the Eagles, JRRT is very big on the autonomy of 'Free' peoples
(Elves, Men, Dwarves, Hobbits), so he doesn't have divine agents intervene
until/unless his characters have done everything in their power to solve
their own problems.>>
I agree with Matt, though, that the eagles are a tricky device because they
could easily solve so many problems, but they don't, but then they do show
up as a deus ex machina when needed.
I suspect, however, that if JRR had gotten around to final revisions the
eagles would have played a smaller part in the Silmarillion. There are a
number of ideas that JRR used in the Silm that he reused in the LotR such
that a revised Silm would have had to either have repeats in it, or be
revised to a different conception.
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