quote:In another sense, Eru is the real hero of the story. He times every lucky turn and places every lucky find in front of our heroes. He brings Tom Bombadil to Old Man Willow just in the nick of time. He places Frodo and Sam in the path of the Rangers of the South. He sends the orcs to scare off Shelob at just the right time. He brings the Riders of Rohan on the flanks of the army of Mordor at the perfect time. He rescues them all, protects them all, brings the Quest to completion, and brings them all home. Some, he brings Home.
To assume that Eru is aware of the “fall of every sparrow” is certainly true. But to assume that He “interferes” in every aspect of the lives of the peoples of Middle-earth is predestination, and takes away from the courage and free will of those peoples, as all seems to be laid out for them ahead of time by Eru.
From: East Bight | Registered: Jun 2014
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Mind, real heroes in the tale can occur both large and small. Yes, Frodo was a major hero, but suppose that events had occured that someone else had to become the ring-bearer? Even Gandalf did hint that Frodo might not have been the perfect choice available, but he was. And what about those that might have just had small roles, but brave nonetheless. Fatty Bolger taking on the Ruffians in the Shire. Just about every soldier in the army in the attack on Mordor after the Pelennor fields etc.
From: Bagshot Row, Hobbiton, The Shire! | Registered: Sep 2006
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