Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Alternative to Rivalry Between the Elves and the Dwarves
When we discussed alternative endings in class, I thought that it was interesting when people had ideas about the the elves and the dwarves getting along earlier in the story, and how that would affect their infamous rivalry. Before reading The Silmarillion, the backstory between this rivalry was unclear to me, but Tolkien's myth behind it gives it more logic and makes it more believable. Being rudely awakened that your species is not the only on the planet seems like a good reason to dislike the other species. If they had ended up getting along, though, perhaps in the Lord of the Rings, during the many battles with opportunities to ally between them, the largest fights would have ended faster. However, this takes away form the adventure of the story, and it seems like Tolkien really enjoyed writing that part of his myth. On the other hand, this may have led to a separate journey with both the elves and the dwarves, and this could have added more detail or adventure to the story, so I'm curious to see if other people had thought about that.