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by Lúthien
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Not Specified Further
Topic: Tolkien as "Sci-Fi"
Replies: 12
Views: 850

Re: Tolkien as "Sci-Fi"

I'm an odd one here: I've never had that overarching 'disbelief' that one is supposed to suspend in order to properly enjoy a story. Rather, to me everything perceptible is an "instance of itself", so it is very easy for me to enter into a story. Exactly! Well, it’s the same for me, apart from that...
by Lúthien
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Gnosis in religious traditions
Topic: The Basics on Gnosticism
Replies: 7
Views: 35

Re: The Basics on Gnosticism

Hi Neophyte, I am not an expert in 'regular gnosticism' either, but to summarise my understanding: The gnostic view is that Jehovah is indeed not the true God but a demiurge. Here's a description of (one of the) the Gnostic creation myths, The Divine Sophia A short summary of that would be: In the b...
by Lúthien
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Gnosis in religious traditions
Topic: The Basics on Gnosticism
Replies: 7
Views: 35

Re: The Basics on Gnosticism

I, for one, don't think he was a deity at all: there is a wealth of historical evidence confirming that he was one of the Elokh, a warlike people which once inhabited Mars. Does that sound impossible to you ? :D Have you ever seen what Babylonian sculptors used to depict ? ;) :hmm: Well, what do YO...
by Lúthien
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Not Specified Further
Topic: Tolkien as "Sci-Fi"
Replies: 12
Views: 850

Re: Tolkien as "Sci-Fi"

btw, not sure if you (Mildir) know, but Tolkien did attempt to write a kind of SF story - though it's of course entangled with the rest of his Legendarium: The Notion Club Papers.
by Lúthien
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Not Specified Further
Topic: Tolkien as "Sci-Fi"
Replies: 12
Views: 850

Re: Tolkien as "Sci-Fi"

Re-reading this topic after several years, I must admit that the idea that I have of "contemporary science fiction" is probably hugely simplified. We had a stack of old SF paperbacks at home, which I all devoured when I was in my teens. They were mostly from the 'Golden Age': authors like Isaac Asim...
by Lúthien
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Personalities
Topic: Do Republicans and pedophile priests share the same vile sexual morality.
Replies: 14
Views: 790

Re: Do Republicans and pedophile priests share the same vile sexual morality.

Looks like in some respects I'm more American than you... :D Possibly ... I’m in any case not American at all, because I’m a Europeana like you :) Have you ever listened to any song by Enya? :) I suspect you already know her. I do, yes. I find their lyrics interesting, but the music as such does no...
by Lúthien
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Personalities
Topic: Do Republicans and pedophile priests share the same vile sexual morality.
Replies: 14
Views: 790

Re: Do Republicans and pedophile priests share the same vile sexual morality.

Good point re. worshipping! I’ve always felt a distaste for that particular blind dedication and “I’m not worthy” attitude... any person, or indeed any deity who would love that sort of grovelling must be a jerk indeed. Funny, but I was just thinking about this today in another context: I love many ...
by Lúthien
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Personalities
Topic: Do Republicans and pedophile priests share the same vile sexual morality.
Replies: 14
Views: 790

Re: Do Republicans and pedophile priests share the same vile sexual morality.

Hi, Meneldur, I'm new here but may I tell something? :) Humans "apotheosize" everything that help the dark part of their soul think of itself as cool, intelligent and dominant. That part is evil (what of evil is still left in every man) and evil needs to think of itself that way, otherwise it shoul...
by Lúthien
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Visual Arts
Topic: Portfolio
Replies: 0
Views: 49

Portfolio

Hi, I finished by portfolio website. It's live here: https://animatrice.nl/ Since last fall I'm doing the cover art of the Dutch Tolkien Society quarterly, called Lembas . Here are the two last drawings I did, they are both about Gondolin, and both based on imaginal journeys: https://animatrice.nl/w...
by Lúthien
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Tolkienian resources
Topic: An interesting blog, "The Flame Imperishable"
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Re: An interesting blog, "The Flame Imperishable"

Yes, I found it alsmost together with that Notion Club Papers blog, of that guy who makes a lot of sense as long as he's writing about this subject; but as soon as he ventures into something contemporary he gets extremely prickly about 'political correctness'. I agree that PC can be pretty silly and...
by Lúthien
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Tolkienian resources
Topic: Full text poems of Geoffrey Bache Smith
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Re: Full text poems of Geoffrey Bache Smith

Hey thanks. I also found those some time ago, but I never mentioned it yet. They turned up after I read a bit in 'Tolkien and the Great War', which contains some letters between JRRT and his friends of the TCBS. Some of it is very touching, knowing what happened to those guys soon thereafter. I find...
by Lúthien
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Mytho-History
Topic: If you think an ideology or religion is immoral and evil, should you actively oppose it?
Replies: 6
Views: 581

Re: If you think an ideology or religion is immoral and evil, should you actively oppose it?

I do not get that you actively engage theists much. A shame that. A shame? In the sense that I should be ashamed, you mean? I don’t recall stating that I actively engage anyone for that matter. Actually. It’s rather pointless, because people don’t change their beliefs if you tell them to. And right...
by Lúthien
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Personalities
Topic: Do Republicans and pedophile priests share the same vile sexual morality.
Replies: 14
Views: 790

Re: Do Republicans and pedophile priests share the same vile sexual morality.

Can’t watch the video right now but I think there’s research that shows that the main difference between (very) conservative and (very) progressive people is in how they feel about what’s unfamiliar. It seems to scare conservative people more easily while progressive folk tend to be just interested....
by Lúthien
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Mytho-History
Topic: If you think an ideology or religion is immoral and evil, should you actively oppose it?
Replies: 6
Views: 581

Re: If you think an ideology or religion is immoral and evil, should you actively oppose it?

Hi DL, good questions. I think yes, one should oppose evil. But how, that's the question ... This subject evokes so many thoughts ... it's a pity that I cannot type very well atm. But in short, I think it's important to realise what evil *is*; and how it is facilitated (two very different things). I...