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Imin, Tata and Enel

Andreth

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What did you think about the Tale of the three fathers of the Elves? Tolkien points out that this Tale was not to be considered as a matter of wisdom, but merely as an oral lore for children; this made me think that we have to consider the same way the more fixed version of the unbegotten Elves such as Finwe, Ingwe etc.; so to say, it seems to me that Tolkien was trying to adhere more clearly with a scientific version of the story ( i.e., the Tale of the Elves as the star-folk was merely a tradition, being the sun coeval with the earth ). What did you think about this new course of Tolkien's thought? Personally, I've a soft spot the " scientific " version, being a Naturalist student myself, but surely the fantasy version has more appeal as a tale. And what about you?
 

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