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Meanderings by josh m. shepherd: #2: A Brief Middle-Earth History
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The Elves' song rose to Over-heaven and "it seemed good to Iluvatar, for in the music there were no flaws. But as the theme progressed, it came into the heart of Melkor to interweave matters of his own imaginating that were not in accord with the theme of the One; for he sought therein to increase the power and glory of the part assigned to himself." (1977, p. 16)

A SilmarilSounds like the fall of Satan, yet it makes one think: the great deceiver was a worshipper, wasn't he? Like Melkor (aka Morgoth), does my praise have elements of pride in it?

Taking with him three silmarils—dazzling treasures of the Elves and symbolic of Eden's Tree of Life—Melkor fled from the Undying Lands and apportioned himself a fortress in the northwest region of Middle-earth.

An elf in battle.Holy though they be, the Elves were never pacifists when it came to justice (a blond-haired, arrow-shooting Elf comes to mind). They fought fiercely.

A later article in this series will discuss the War in more depth; what matters is that Melkor not only brought evil to Middle-earth, he perpetuated it. His protégé during the War would later be known as the Lord of the Rings, Sauron. Melkor's fate proves a key truth: the greater one's abilities and potential, the greater chance he will fall into "his own imaginating."

The Hobbits are honored.Our story has not yet ended, though it did reach its climax around year A.D. 30. Christ the Messiah, "Lord of angels, and of men—and of Elves" (The Tolkien Reader, 89) came to save us as only He could. Luke 1:52 says, "He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly." Which brings us back to the simple, muddled ways of hobbits…
- The co-founder of cMusicWeb.com and a charter member of The Official Lord of the
Rings Fan Club, Josh M. Shepherd is currently studying at Oral Roberts University.
March 2004
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