Post by Jacques the Environmentalist on Feb 7, 2008 22:04:40 GMT -5
Well Morgoth went against the will of Iluvatar (God) and tried to dominate Arda (Middle Earth, the blessed realm, and all the seas) and ended spoiling the valars' world to the point that they had to go to Aman and build a fence of mountains against him. Those maiar (like Gandalf and Saruman) who went with Morgoth he occassionally converted into demons of fire, hence balrogs.
Post by Jacques the Environmentalist on Mar 5, 2008 22:42:31 GMT -5
Yes, Olorin was the humble, mellow type. He didn't even want to go to Middle Earth in the Third Age because he was happy where he was and feared Sauron, but then it's that type of personality that works best again evil Tolkien says.
I'm glad to meet others who have read the Silmarillion, which I consider to be Tolkien's best work. I am a huge Silmarillion nerd, probably the biggest under the age of twenty. Don't believe me? I just finished adapting The Tale of Beren and Luthien into a screenplay over 120 pages. Fairly sad, I know.
Unfortunately, Tinuviel, the posts you are responding to are five years old, so I wouldn't bet on anyone here knowing the Silmarillion now. I have certainly read it - I read it when it first appeared, indeed - but I could not be relied on to recall all the details now. (Anyone who has read LOTR should now the basic stories of Luthien and of Earendil, of course.)
'The difference between the two sides of the schism is that one side puts out fires, and the other starts them' - Klaus Baudelaire.