Friday 24 November 2023

The insufficiency of Man's mortal life - even in paradise. Reflections on death from reading JRR Tolkien's The Fall of Numenor (edited by Brian Sibley, 2022)

JRR Tolkien's prophetic and historical legend of the Downfall of Numenor (his Atlantis) has increasing relevance with every passing year; as our own world seems to replicate so many of its sins. Last year's The Fall of Numenor volume is a valuable collection and arrangement of Tolkien's major Numenor material - a "one-stop shop" for all-things-Numenorean! It has provoked in me yet-another cycle of reflections and insights - especially on Tolkien's core theme of Death, and what (if anything) comes after.  

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