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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.
Gwídhiel think of the snowsteel when you see the white hairs :) - anyway I agree with you that the prospect of eternal life is something which does not appeal when thought about in a deeper sense. What I find interesting about the twins is that after their mother's attack in the redhorn pass, that they according to canon 'ride with the dunedain' to avenge her, by trying to get rid of the evil that stains arda. What I find interesting is the pyschology behind this moment - does the event of their mother's attack bring the twins closer to mortality, that they have an idea of the effect of loss and death, and hence a deeper understanding of the mortal condition. Maybe this lets them live life more intune with the dunedain than their elven kin who do not go and explore or fight in middle earth but stay within the elven realms. I feel that this action for 'revenge' against the orcs as more of a human reaction than a detached elven action - similar to the attitudes of the elves when they were young in the 1st age.
I find it interesting to note that the twins are mentioned as "scouting" and even helped in one of the wars that the rohan people fought (can't really remember which one) - they are much much more actively and physically involved in the politics of middle earth than any other elves that I can think about in the 3rd age. In fact I feel that the twins act more like the dunedain than elves - it is intersting to note that their names speak of the Numenorian heritage (Star Knight and Man of the west). Maybe being elven/human they felt a kin with the dunedain, high men who have both the same mix of the blood as they.
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