Monday, April 18, 2011
Fate vs. Freewill
In Tolkien's world, I feel that you cannot make a distinction between fate and freewill. Rather, it seems that these two opposing themes actually form a unique relationship that leads an individual or character, like Turim, down a certain path. They're much like partners in a continual dance, playing off of each other. While Turin made distinct decisions, like to ignore the Elven King of Doriath's pardon, the results of those decisions are completely out of his control. Evidence of this shows up in our world as well; on a daily basis we make decisions, but once a decision is made we must submit to the consequences and reactions. Tolkien intertwines choices and destiny seamlessly, and remains true to the real-world characteristics and complexities of fate and freewill as well. Yet another reason why Tolkien's Middle-earth is so believable.