16 Oct 04 9:56 AM
Reply To: 32519
Oh my! Ankle already bitten, long ago!
Yes, yes, I've always pondered this idea - how Tolkien created such characteristically Greco-Roman Valar (i.e., Manwe as Zeus, Varda as Hera, Ulmo as Poseidon, etc) - when he has always sustained that LOTR was an intentionally Christian tale. (Of course, LOTR isn't all
Tolkien ever wrote.)
is almost entirely based on that assumption - that the Valar have decided, on a whim, to save Boromir from his death on Amon Hen, and they've sent him hurtling down this "new fate." They don't manipulate his every situation, but they do give just the right nudge to keep him from dying/going insane/getting it too easy/or too hard/etc. And, like Athena's inexplicable fondness for Odysseus, Varda in inexplicably smitten with Boromir. I suppose she's the Mary Sue, in that sense. Down the line, also, Ulmo will begin to greatly dislike Boromir, in parallel to Poseidon's grudge against Odysseus.
The role, also, of Eru is an interesting one. In my fic, he's not present - but that's because the change in events (meaning, Boromir's survival of Amon Hen) will not change the general course of events enough to warrant his intervention. However, he will come into the play in the future (see: Inevitable Sequel), since I imagine he has the ultimate say in what goes on, and by that time, the Valar have just gotten out of hand, really.
It's interesting that Tolkien seemed to blend the Greco-Roman polytheism with more modern Judeo-Christian monotheism, in that the Valar are the "gods" - in all their whimsy and interference down on Arda - while Eru is more like God - in the supreme being, creator sense. I'd love to see someone explore this relationship more!
So, the long and short of it, Noldo, is yes. If this challenge gets started, you can mos def count on Adraefan