Friday, November 20, 2015

Celebrations

Have you ever noticed how terrible things often happen on days of celebration in Middle-earth?

The most infamous of these instances is the destruction of the Two Trees of Valinor.  The Valar and all of the elves were gathered to have a harvest feast, but Morgoth and Ungoliant came and killed Telperion and Laurelin.  Before that when Arda was young, The Valar were having a feast and taking a day off after their long labors of creation, and that was when Morgoth toppled the two lamps.  Furthermore, the downfall of Gondolin occurred on their feast day to celebrate the coming of the new season called The Gates of Summer.

Why are all of these bad things happening on days of joyous celebration?

I'm not exactly sure, but I was watching a BBC documentary on the Anglo-Saxons, and I may have found a reason for this.

For those of you who don't know, Tolkien was a professor of Anglo-Saxon language (AKA Old English) at Oxford University, and the Rohirrim were actually based off of the Anglo-Saxons.  So he was very well acquainted with their culture.

So like I said, I was watching a documentary about them, and I came upon something interesting.

The Vikings who were pagan, would study the Christian calendar and strategically plan their attacks for holidays like Christmas or Easter.

Could this historical element be a basis for why bad things always happen on celebration days in Middle-earth?

I found this really interesting and I wanted to share it with you!

For those of you interested, here is a link to the documentary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW-l0utI7sc

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