Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Sil Annotations Part 3

I finished The Sil for the fourth time!  Woo!  Okay, so now these are the annotations I found in the second half of the book.  There are not as many as in the first part.

First up is the theme of fate.

"Thus was the fate of Túrin woven..." (pg. 198)

"But fate that day was more strong..." (pg. 207)

"But Húrin does not lie there, for his doom drove him on, and the Shadow still followed him." (pg. 230)

All three of those examples are from Of Túrin Turambar and they all show that there was another thing driving both Túrin and Húrin.

And now the theme of pride.

"'Shut the doors of the fortress and go not abroad.  Cast the stones of your pride into the loud river, that the creeping evil may not find the gate.'" (pg. 212)

The people of Nargothrond did not listen to this warning from Ulmo and their city fell because of it.

"But Turgon had become proud, and Gondolin as beautiful as a memory of Elven Tirion, and he trusted still in its secret and impregnable strength, though even a Vala shall gainsay it..." (pg. 240)

Turgon did not listen to this warning from Ulmo and heir city fell because of it.  Man, Ulmo is 0 for 2.

The theme of death is most prevalent in the Akallabêth and pretty much the entire story centers around it, so I would advise you to read it.  I pulled out just a couple selections about it.

"And they said among themselves: 'Why do the Lords of the West sit there in peace unending, while we must die and go we know not whiter, leaving our home and all that we have made?  And the Eldar die not, even those that rebelled against the Lords.  And since we have mastered all seas, and no water is so wild or so wide that our ships cannot overcome it, why should we not go to Avallone and greet there our friends?'" (pg. 264)

In peace unending?  I'm not sure fighting Melkor over and over again was exactly "peace unending" but whatever, Numenorians.  Also, you have to leave your homes and all that you have made and "go you know not whither" because that is what Eru wants.  And you best do what Eru wants.

Now for self-sacrifice.  There are a couple of examples in the text.

"But Beleg would not abandon Turin, and despairing himself he aroused hope again in Gwindor's heart; and together they went on..." (pg. 207)

"'But that peril I will take on myself alone, for the sake of the Two Kindreds.'" (pg. 248)

Earendil is very courageous and when he goes to Valinor to plead on behalf of elves and men, he accepts that he may never return.

"'I will suffer myself the penalty, lest all my people should become guilty.'" (pg. 275)

This is what Amandil says when he endeavors to go to Valinor to plead on behalf of the Numenorians, but it is not known what actually happened to him.

Nothing much on nature of evil that I haven't already pointed out in the last post.  Of course there is a lot of evil happening on Numenor, but I already pointed that out in part one.   I did find one thing about the dwarves though.

"Then the lust of the dwarves..." (pg. 233)

It goes on to explain how the dwarves rose up and slew King Thingol. This was all caused for the dwarves' greed for the Silmarils.

So, to the signposts, starting with prophecies.

"'There is malice in this sword.  The dark heart of the smith still dwells in it.  It will not love the hand it serve; neither will it abide with you long.'" (pg. 202)

Melian's counsel to Beleg upon his choice to take Anglachel as his sword.  As it turns out, Melian was right and the sword ended up killing Beleg.

"And Beleg cried after him [Mim]: 'The vengeance of the house of Hador will find you yet!'" (pg. 206)

And indeed it does when Hurin kills Mim in Nargothrond.

"'And if you will, your love shall betray you to bitterness and death.'" (pg. 210)

This is Gwindor's warning to his love Finduilas not to fall for Turin.  She does, and she ends up pinned to a tree with a spear.

"'And this last I say to thee: she alone stands between thee and thy doom.  If thou fail her, it shall not fail to find thee.  Farewell!'" (pg. 212)

Gwindor says this to Turin and the "her" he is referring to is Finduilas.  Turin does end up failing Finduilas, and his doom catches up with him and leads to his unfortunate marriage.

The sudden realization I found was from Turin and Nienor:

"'Farewell, O twice beloved!  A Turin Turambar turun ambartanen: master of doom by doom mastered!  O happy to be dead!'" (pg. 223)

"'This is a bitter jest indeed!...This only was wanting.  Now comes the night.'" (pg. 225)

No tough questions, but I did find some typological parallels.  Think back to when Hurin is shouting "Aure entuluva!" and now consider Turin's despairing "now comes the night!"

"He [Turin] named himself Wildman of the Woods." (pg. 216)

This reminded me of when Turin got very offended at Saeros insulting him saying that his people were savages, and now he is calling himself the Wildman.

"Then he sent forth heralds, and he commanded Sauron to come before him and swear to him fealty.  And Sauron came." (pg. 270)

This is a very stark parallel to Fingolfin's challenge of Morgoth, but this one is a man challenging a lesser evil power.

Here are some of my favorite quotes as well.

" the darkness he seized Anglachel, and slew Beleg Cuthalion thinking him a foe.  But as he stood, finding himself free, and ready to sell his life dearly against imagined foes, there came a great flash of lightning above them; and in its light he looked down on Beleg's face.  Then Turin stood stonestill and silent, staring on that dreadful death, knowing what he had done; and so terrible was his face, lit by the lightning that flickered all about them, that Gwindor cowered down upon the ground and dared not raise his eyes...he sat unmoving and unweeping in the tempest beside the body of Beleg Cuthalion." (pg. 208)

"'Hail Earendil, of mariners most renowned, the looked for that cometh at unawares, the longed for that cometh beyond hope!  Hail Earendil, bearer of light before the Sun and Moon!  Splendour of the Children of Earth, star in the darkness, jewel in the sunset, radiant in the morning!'" (pg. 248-249)

"'For there is but one loyalty from which no man can be absolved in heart for any cause.'" (pg. 275)

*All page numbers are from the Second Edition of The Silmarillion from 1999.

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