One day a few months back, I was scrolling through Tumblr, and I came across this delightful post by user simaethae:
so on the subject of stolen property, i’ve seen various arguments on this point but it is in fact true that inheriting something from a relative, when you know full well that it was stolen, does not make it yours.
this clearly goes doubly so for powerful magical artifacts, and especially for artifacts which are strongly implied to contain part of their creator’s soul!
you can talk about consequences – maybe the artifact in question has benefits for you, maybe you’re not convinced its rightful owners would use it responsibly – but talking about the consequences doesn’t erase the fact that whatever benefits you think you’re getting are achieved through wrongful means.
which is why i, too, think Frodo should have given the One Ring back to Sauron. thief.
Sucks to be you, dude.
Which prompted me, a law student and Lord of the Rings fanatic preparing for a Property exam, to ask myself…does Sauron even own that Ring anymore?
The short answer: No.
Here is my pedantic and completely unasked-for analysis (cross-posted from my Tumblr blog) — Continue reading
In the wake of recent events *coughelectioncough*, people everywhere (the left and the right alike) are questioning the future – whether we can break past the rampant hatred in our current society. Honestly, I have, too. Particularly yesterday afternoon.
It had not been a good day. In addition to the negative tone of things happening in the world: I missed an appointment, realized that I had 8+ essays due in the next three weeks on top of all other homework, and lost my favorite button on my backpack. In short, I felt I had a sufficient list of things to whine about. Which is exactly what I did. Continue reading
Sometimes evil is a little overwhelming
(I recently received a comment on my post Tuor, Gondolin, and Our Life Mission that said the following:)
(My reply got a little long…so here is my open response to Sam – )
Hey Sam, thanks for the comment! I have been thinking about the question you posed, and here are some of my thoughts:
It’s true that Tolkien wrote many stories that contain lots of tragedy. I mean, he really puts his characters through the ringer:
- Frodo never really recovers
- Theoden’s son dies (and then he dies)
- Turin’s life is basically a study of how much one dude can suffer
- And literally everything bad happens to Elrond (ask me about it sometime)
Grander events in Middle Earth are also tragic: the elves are in decline and leaving Middle Earth, the great stories of the past are being forgotten, grand cities and nations and peoples are destroyed. Evil empires wage war against peace-loving peoples.
Evil seems to win a lot.
I don’t think this was just Tolkien being ~dark~ and ~brooding~. I think he did this on purpose. Life is often very tragic, no matter how you look at it. Sam, you’re a Christian – just look at the lives of Christ and His Apostles! Bad things happen all the time to good and bad people. This is no secret. This is something humanity has been dealing with since before Day 1.
BUT (and this is a big but) – that’s not all that is going on. Evil is not the only force at work. Continue reading