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November, 12 2005
OK, folks-this is the general forum now for questions that don't seem to fit in any of the other threads. I'm going to sort some of the earlier posts into the appropriate forums, but it might take a while, so bear with me. I'll delete the ones that have already been reposted by their authors.
Eressa wrote: Gwídhiel what I meant is that there were no more elves who had to make a choice anymore. Elrond already had made his decision, and once Arwen, and the twins had decided to stay and remain, then there were no more mixed race elves who could choose their faiths. I thought it made sense for Tolkien to have this strain pass on and become part of the mortal/human world.
Oh, I see ... well, I think I see! These existential questions are tricky! Anyway, I take you to mean that, of those who were allowed to choose their fates (i.e.: Lúthien, Dior, Elwing & her brothers, Eärendil, Elrond, Elros, Arwen, Elladan, & Elrohir) a substantial portion -- nearly 50% -- chose the fate of Men, if you believe that the twins stayed in Middle Earth. Is that what you're saying? If so, then I agree that is a sensible/appropriate way to wrap up that issue. My personal view is that, while we Tolkien fans might find the Elves fascinating, and the Men of Gondor/Numenor/etc. thought the Firstborn had the better deal, the reality is that probably in many ways Men's fate is better. I don't think that eternal life is as good as it might sound at first.
Of course, perhaps I need to believe that to avoid succumbing to despair about my unavoidable mortality (and the increasing number of white hairs I see when I look in the mirror)! ;-)
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