Thursday, April 7, 2011
Melkor's Fall from Grace
In my group today we came up with a question that I thought was really interesting: How was it that Melkor wanting to create something of his own was so bad/evil? How did that desire bring about evil in the world? Eventually he does start destroying the things that the other Valar create (which I'd say is pretty bad), but at first it seems like he just harmlessly wants to make something of his own.
Along with that, we thought that since Melkor/the Valar are offshoots or thoughts of Iluvatar - and Melkor "goes bad" - does this mean that Iluvatar has some kind of potential for evil within himself (as contrasted with the Judeo-Christian belief that God is totally good and perfect)? I would be more inclined to argue along the free will explanation side of things, but what do you all think?