021 – New World, Man

In Chapter 12 of The Silmarillion, the Second Children of Ilúvatar – the Atani, or Men – awake, and we quickly learn precisely what the Elves think of them.  We revisit the differences that Tolkien created between Elves and Men in both life and death, along with the ominous portent this new race holds for the Firstborn.  Plus, the monotony of Manwë’s wardrobe.

For photos of the Carfax Tower, the Martyr’s Memorial, and other sites likely passed by young Tolkien on his late-night bus ride, visit this page highlighting a number of tourist attractions in Oxford.

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Recommended Reading:

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Silmarillion (Mariner Books, paperback) pp. 103-105, “Of Men”

Tolkien, J. R. R. (Christopher Tolkien, ed.) Morgoth’s Ring (The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10) (HarperCollins, paperback)

Carpenter, Humphrey, ed. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (Mariner Books, paperback)

2 thoughts on “021 – New World, Man

  1. Man, that stuff about the waning of the Elves nearly made me weep just like it always does. I’m just too sentimental about them.
    And with every new podcast I admire more and more how you emphasise the beauty of Tolkien’s language and descriptions. He was a great master of word beauty.

  2. “He was a great master of word beauty.” Indeed he was, Olga — no matter how many times I read The Silmarillion (or any of his works, for that matter), I always find myself discovering new bits of beauty… one of the big reasons why I enjoy Tolkien so much!

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