Sunday, April 17, 2011


Chaos seems to stem mainly front he rebellion or conflict among the gods. I suppose this is the reason for a hierarchy of gods, to eventually create chaos, then the rest of creation. Melkor would be an example of envy or rebellion.


Belladonna Took said...

Just to extend it past Gods:

When Saruman took over the Shire, it seemed as if there was an even greater hierarchy. Then, the hobbits rebelled and reclaimed the Shire. The Shire seems to become more democratic afterward. I agree that hierarchy can provokes rebellion in the Silmarillion, and I just thought it was interesting that Tolkien also creates a correlation between heirachy and rebellion in the Shire, as well.

Thengel said...

Just look a this issue from a basic historical perspective. Periods of great revolutions, political, social, artistic, or religious, have stemmed from dissatisfaction with hierarchy or a desire to instate a new order. I think that Tolkien plays around with this idea in really subtle and interesting ways. I love his idea of "discord in the choir"-- something that begins so subtle, a single note out of harmony, eventually becomes the rebellion that shapes the balance of good and evil in Middle-earth. The lesson I'd draw from this is that a desire for order and security is a natural human trait, and rebellion and conflict are often the natural byproduct.