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Thursday, November 05, 2020

Through A Glass Darkly

 


Episode 15 of The Forge of Tolkien, THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY, is now live on #UATV.

Tolkien insisted in his letter to Milton Waldman that there was no “Magic” as such in The Lord of the Rings, at least not “magic” associated with the Elves. Elvish “magic” was rather “Art” “delivered from many of its human limitations,” while the devices of the Enemy were better labeled “Machines,” especially in their use for dominating others’ wills. And yet, of the “magical” devices that appear in The Lord of the Rings, the most powerful—with the exception of the One Ring—were made by Elves, most particularly the Palantiri or Seeing Stones through which Sauron projected his Eye. 

In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown explores the tension between “Magic” and “Machines” as a problem for Christians in their use of similar devices from the Renaissance to the present day. Why did Galadriel invite Frodo and Sam to look into her Mirror if she knew what it showed could be dangerous if acted upon? What did Pippin see when he looked into the Palantir of Orthanc—and why did he scream?

New videos from Wranglerstar, The Legend Chuck Dixon, and RAZÖRFIST are also live.

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12 Comments:

Blogger Grooveware November 05, 2020 3:14 PM  

Thank you again for the amazing content on Unauthorized TV

Blogger yohee November 05, 2020 4:13 PM  

Great content. Is there anywhere the Tolkien content is discussed?

Anonymous Anonymous November 05, 2020 5:03 PM  

Perhaps the Palantir were I-phones.

Blogger Critias November 05, 2020 6:05 PM  

Sounds awesome! Thanks for everything you do Rachel!

Blogger Silent Draco November 06, 2020 4:20 AM  

She makes several excellent technical assessments, based on history and literature. The analytical mind looks for patterns and flaws. Always the lures of sufficiently advanced technology, with the taint of its Master waiting to take hold:

-- keep things just as they are
-- makes gold! Riches!
-- you'll never die

The forge is turning out some unusual pieces, which is making the series even more interesting. Thanks, ma'am.

Blogger Elaine T November 06, 2020 3:05 PM  

Is she going to make all this a book, do you know? I've listened to about half of them at this point, and while there is good stuff in them I find the lecture format painful. I'd rather read it.

Elaine T

Blogger Fencing Bear November 06, 2020 4:02 PM  

I have books! The Tolkien videos are based on my teaching, but if you want more on the history of Christianity, please check out my academic homepage: home.uchicago.edu/~rfulton

Blogger Fencing Bear November 06, 2020 4:04 PM  

I have books! The Tolkien videos are based on my teaching, but if you want more on the history of Christianity, please check out my academic homepage: home.uchicago.edu/~rfulton

Blogger Fencing Bear November 06, 2020 4:04 PM  

Thank you for watching! I much appreciate your feedback!

Blogger Elaine T November 06, 2020 6:14 PM  

Thanks, Fencing Bear. Downloaded sample of Mary book. Would like one of your work on Tolkien when you're done with the Forge of Tolkien series.

Elaine T.

Blogger Thomas James Foster December 23, 2020 10:49 PM  

The obilious answer to, Why did Galadriel ask them to look into the mirror? Is, she wanted to see what they would see. Hobbits and the counsel of the wise. She might have been interested in pipeweed but more to the point she never had hobbits to look before.

Blogger Thomas James Foster December 23, 2020 10:59 PM  

The great gift of Galadriel to Samwise is really the key to the whole book.

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