Scribe of the Eldanyárë
- Dec 30, 2001
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It can be inferred from the appendix that Eru has authority over the Valar when it says,they "were not permitted to take from them the Gift of Men." Also, they "laid down their Guardianship and called upon the One..." when they were invaded by Ar Parazon the Golden.Return of the King, Appendix A:
'"Nay, dear lord," she said, "that choice is long over. There is now no ship that would bear me hence, and I must indeed abide the Doom of Men, whether I will or I nill: the loss and the silence. But I say to you, King of the Numenoreans, not till now have I understood the tale of your people and their fall. As wicked fools I scorned them, but I pity them at last. For if this is indeed, as the Eldar say, the gift of the One to Men, it is bitter to receive."
'"So it seems," he said. "But let us not be overthrown at the final test, who of old renounced the Shadow and the Ring. In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory, Farewell!"
From the above scene it is clear that Arwen and Aragorn know of the existence of Eru-- and also that the "mortal Men doomed to die" actually had an advantage over the elves: a special gift from Eru to be able to leave the circles of the world.
My question is... how can death be a "Gift?" How does it compare with the "memory" that seems to be the lot of the elves?