2. Acknowledgments and Notes
Thanks to my LJ-droogs at the Bad Clam for feedback and in particular SWG member Moreth for the comment (see the servant of Aulë's response) that inspired me to write this.
With regard to the "student of Nienna," recall from The Silmarillion:
Wisest of the Maiar was Olórin. He too dwelt in Lórien, but his ways took him often to the house of Nienna, and of her he learned pity and patience.
The title is ripped right off of Richard Dawkins' book, Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder and the quoted verses are from John Keats' Lamia (~ verse 230 and on) and A Poem Sacred to the Memory of Sir Isaac Newton by James Thomson.
Readers will no doubt recognize the line "He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom" from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.
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