Wednesday 25 January 2023

How Tolkien's Elves and Men overcome entropy, and live eternally, in very different ways

Over at the Notion Club Papers blog; I discuss how Tolkien draws a contrast between his Elves and Men in terms of how each race interacts with the problem of 'entropy' (change, disease, decay - and death) in the mortal lands of Middle Earth. 

Elves start-out with nearly of the advantages; but redeemed Men (after the time of Jesus Christ - which is considerably subsequent to the events of The Lord of the Rings) end-up with the best situation. 

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