Monday, February 14, 2011

Dunedain withholding info

At the council of Elrond, Aragorn makes the statement,

" 'Strider' I am to one fat man who lives within a day's march of foes that would freeze his heart, or lay his little town in ruin, if he were not guarded ceaselessly. Yet we would not have it otherwise. If simple folk are free from care and fear, simple they will be, and we must be secret to keep them so."

Who or what gave the Dunedain the right to withhold the "care and fear" of full knowledge from the Breelanders and the Shire folk? Were they justified in doing so? Is "simple" innocence better than informed consent?

Argue either position, using evidence from the texts.

3 comments:

Elwing said...

I think the Dunedain have every right to withhold dangerous information from the Breelanders and Shirefolk. They are very selfless in this. They constantly watch the borders and protect the "simple" people. If they told the people in the Shire and Bree about the enemies on their borders, the people would no longer be carefree. Their way of life would be changed. The Dunedain do what they must so that the peace and quiet of the North can endure. They are simply doing their duty by preserving the life that the "simple" people love so much.

Aredhel said...

I agree with Elwing. Sauron's main goals are to take over all of Middle Earth and to fill the free people of Middle Earth with fear and hoplessness. The Dunedain are these mysterious, grim, and sort of scary individuals who appear upon occasion but mostly stay out of sight because they are busy protecting people like Barliman Butterbur and the Sackville-Bagginses. The fact that there are still havens of innocence left in Middle Earth directly combats the Dark Lord's power. In some places, "Mordor" is only a black name out of legend. If these free folk were to know of the enemies they live amongst, Sauron would have a foothold in the West born of the fear of his servants.

Idril said...

Much like Aredhel said, the importance of maintaining these "Havens" doesn't translate to just the Shire folk and Breelanders, but to the entirety of Middle Earth. These areas of peace and innocence stand as a last symbol of hope and strength for the free world. But if their integrity gets destroyed with the knowledge of war and cruelty, so does the symbolic nature of their innocence. Evil works on a much larger scale than just physical destruction; it often seeks to destroy hope and spirit.