10280RE: [mythsoc] free Ring inside
- Oct 23, 2003At 02:28 PM 10/22/2003 , Lizzie wrote:
>PS I have one of the Three, and a Silmaril, and I dare you to say anythingI say it's rather sad. How could any imitation Silmaril possibly convey
>about either. Hmph.
even the echo of the Jewels that alone captured the light of the Two Trees
of Valinor in bloom, jewels wrought by the unsurpassable mind and hand of
Feanor? Even to try is to reduce Tolkien's brilliant imaginative creation
into a gee-gaw.
At 09:35 AM 10/22/2003 , Margaret Dean wrote:
>I've read of people wearing heavy washers around their necks toThat also misses the point. Had Frodo (or more likely Sam) carried a
>simulate the =weight= of the Ring. But that definitely
>emphasizes the "burden" part of it.
balance scale all the way to Mordor, no weighing of the Ring would have
detected even the slightest increase in physical weight. (See Tolkien's
comments on the nourishment of lembas in Letters p. 274 for the clearest
analogy.) The burden was a psychological one, and weighs Frodo down the
way sorrows can weigh a person down; only it was conveyed through the
external force of the Ring, which is why it's focused on that physical object.
Anyone who wants to replicate the burden of the Ring would be best advised
to acquire a martyred saint's relic and meditate on it.
- David Bratman
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