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by Taurandir
Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 9029

Re: The Ironic Imperative

Well said Übermensch. Bloom may not "get" Tolkien, or he may be judging Tolkien by standards that Tolkien in fact does not meet. I think Tolkien himself would have admitted this. But Tolkien is touching people (including myself) in a different way than the Western literary tradition that Bloom is a ...
by Taurandir
Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 9029

Re: The Ironic Imperative

I'm a big fan of Harold Bloom, so I'm a bit biased here. I'll note to start that he's openly identifies himself as a gnostic. I was reading his writings long before I knew this. I thought that was just cool when I found out. I consider him one of the most intelligent people I've ever read. It's like...
by Taurandir
Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Books & Articles
Topic: Question Regarding Ilúvatar
Replies: 7
Views: 4233

Re: Question Regarding Ilúvatar

Lúthien wrote: his name is spelled with one l: Ilúvatar
Ah yes. Thank you.
by Taurandir
Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Books & Articles
Topic: Question Regarding Ilúvatar
Replies: 7
Views: 4233

Re: Question Regarding Ilúvatar

I never thought about resurrecting Gandalf. I guess I always thought the Valar did that. About nudging the ring in the right direction. Does that mean any time apparent random chance seems to be at play we can consider it the hand of Ilúvatar, or perhaps only when it seems to be an unbelievable coin...
by Taurandir
Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Books & Articles
Topic: Question Regarding Ilúvatar
Replies: 7
Views: 4233

Question Regarding Ilúvatar

Perhaps someone who is more familiar with the Legendarium could answer this question for me. When the Numenoreans attempted their invasion of Valinor, the Valar did nothing and Ilúvatar intervened. He buried their army in a landslide, sank Numenor into the sea, and then reshaped the world to put the...
by Taurandir
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: The Edge
Topic: Micro/Macro-Cosmos
Replies: 4
Views: 1916

Re: Micro/Macro-Cosmos

When Lúthien and I were discussing something very similar she sent me this: Yes! 'wish-fulfilment dreams' we spin to cheat our timid hearts and ugly Fact defeat! Whence came the wish, and whence the power to dream, or some things fair and others ugly deem? All wishes are not idle, nor in vain fulfil...
by Taurandir
Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:04 am
Forum: The Central Myths
Topic: Why 'The Central Myths'?
Replies: 22
Views: 11204

Re: Why 'The Central Myths'?

The brain is not a computer. Every generation thinks the brain is the mirror of the latest technology. In the 1800's they believed the brain was a vastly complex clockwork mechanism. Try getting most computer geeks to understand this though. To them the brain IS a computer, and science is right on t...
by Taurandir
Sat Dec 10, 2016 3:41 am
Forum: The Edge
Topic: Is it psychopathology or nihilism?
Replies: 8
Views: 2876

Re: Welcome Eirenaeus & Brett

Yikes! In what specific way did this woman piss in your cornflakes?
by Taurandir
Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:02 am
Forum: The Central Myths
Topic: Why 'The Central Myths'?
Replies: 22
Views: 11204

Re: Why 'The Central Myths'?

So...you can set up the top level forum Lúthien. There's at least three of us, and perhaps we can lure Dave in if he's returned to the land of the living.
by Taurandir
Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: The Central Myths
Topic: Why 'The Central Myths'?
Replies: 22
Views: 11204

Re: Why 'The Central Myths'?

That sounds like it would be a great discussion. I'm familiar with the gnostic mythos and I've read "Thus Spake..." although it wasn't my favorite. I recently bought "Psychology of The Unconscious" by Jung. I've read a little bit of Jung before. I'd love to learn more about this.
by Taurandir
Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: The Central Myths
Topic: Why 'The Central Myths'?
Replies: 22
Views: 11204

Re: Why 'The Central Myths'?

Guten Tag Ubermensch,

I've always thought that the gist of existentialism is that life is inherently pointless and it is up to each individual to discover meaning in his or her own life. Purpose cannot come from outside the self. Is this correct, or is there more to it than that?
by Taurandir
Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: Visual Arts
Topic: Melian and Thingol in Nan Elmoth
Replies: 3
Views: 3185

Re: Melian and Thingol in Nan Elmoth

I also like how the light source is Melian because she is a Maia with the light of Aman in her face.
by Taurandir
Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Visual Arts
Topic: Melian and Thingol in Nan Elmoth
Replies: 3
Views: 3185

Re: Melian and Thingol in Nan Elmoth

It's very nice. I love the effect of the stars wheeling around the sky beyond the trees to show the long passage of time. How are you making these images? Is it entirely digital? What program are you using?

It's a great image that captures the moment.
by Taurandir
Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: Books & Articles
Topic: Legendarium Texts
Replies: 24
Views: 8128

Re: Legendarium Texts

Yet you say that you have a "very easy time believing the trans-human powers of the Archons" ... in what realm do the Archons then exist? Isn't that the same as the spirit world? They may very well exist in the spiritual realm (if there is one) but they truly do exist on this plane of reality. Enti...
by Taurandir
Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:53 pm
Forum: Books & Articles
Topic: Legendarium Texts
Replies: 24
Views: 8128

Re: Legendarium Texts

Blessed are the men of Noah's race that build their little arks, though frail and poorly filled, and steer through winds contrary towards a wraith, a rumour of a harbour guessed by faith. It's the only answer I guess. I've always had a very easy time believing the trans-human powers of the Archons ...