Friday wrote:I mean, I hate to bring up your direct competition, but in the Silmarillion, the forces of Heaven directly break their vow to never interfere in order to interfere and save Middle-Earth. They don't tell Earendil "lol everything will be ok, when Morgoth is done torturing everyone to death, they'll end up here and be fine. By the way check out this sick guitar riff I've been working on"
But TBF their interference in the First Age led directly to everything going wrong in the first damn place. They broke the Prime Directive, invited the Elves to come hang out with them, trees got eaten, Silmarils got stolen, it was a bad scene.
And then they overcorrected, decided to leave the Elves and Men to their own devices in the Second Age, and that
left an opening for Sauron's rise to power.
The Lord of the Rings is the story of what happened when they figured out how to meddle just the right amount
, and send five of their guys out there with memory loss but some vague idea that they were supposed to help somehow
, indirectly, without actually facing Sauron head-on.
The final tally is: disappeared, disappeared, evil, bird shit, turns out okay.
Brentai wrote:Thing is The Last Battle takes it a logical step further and implies that being dead is super-cool and being alive is for boring losers, and don't you wish you were dead like us? I always felt that was odd about my religion; it tries so hard to give us the impression that death is actually the best thing that's ever going to happen to us and then throws in that "BUT DON'T COMMIT SUICIDE" clause as an obligatory no wait, don't actually get dead though.