Aaron Leonard https://risingthumb.xyz
HEADLINES: A PEACE GIFT TO THE WHOLE OF UNKNOWNTRADECO GIVEN DEBATED IN THE ASSEMBLY
ASPERMONT, WESTERLANDS- An enemy group from years ago has officially given a gift as a peace offering to the WHOLE of the UNKNOWN [?] Trading Company, only asking for peace and forgiveness. The gift is a MineZ in-game object that costs actual money. The gift was well-received by an ambassador but made no guarantees that the UNKNOWN [?] Trading Company would accept the sentiment, but expressed personal gratitude nonetheless.
The Imperial Assembly debated the matter with one camp saying that since the conflict was two years ago and that the peace offering has real world backing(indirect) because it costed actual cash, thus signifying sincerity with the willingness to give and sacrifice with no expectation of a positive answer.
A more senior member however stated not to accept it on grounds that they are not trustworthy as a person and that it will only teach those fuckers that they can bribe their way out of a situation and that all their problems may be solved with money.
The timing of the gift itself is also politically convenient for inauguration should the Assembly or Hill Guards accept.
EDITORIAL - The Lord of The Rings: Heroism and Moral Victory.
Like Stories Of Old - I think most of us can remember when we first discovered the Lord of the Rings. Whether you were introduced through the films or through the books, the feeling of being transported so completely to a world beyond our own is not easily forgotten. It is undeniably one of the great stories of our time not only because it serves as well-written escapism but also because it touches on something deeper, something essential that clearly touched the hearts of many when creating the world of Middle-Earth Tolkien was heavily inspired by the myths of old taking influences from Norse Paganism as found in, for example the Poetic Edda, and the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf. But it was his own Christianity that ultimately shaped the Lord of the Rings into what he himself believes to be a fundamentally religious and Catholic work unconsciously so at first but consciously in a revision at first glance we indeed find a lot of Christian imagery in the Lord of the Rings.
There are angels and demons, Heaven and Hell, temptation, resurrection and the clear distinction between a physical and spiritual reality. This however does not mean the story is a Christian allegory.In fact Tolkien famously disliked allegories stating he rather prefers history be it real or fictional he was particularly fond of mythology especially fairy tales because in his words they open a door on other time and if we pass through though only for a moment we stand outside our own time outside time itself maybe when written successfully such journeys beyond our own world allow us to glimpse at the deeper meanings that are not bound by any time or place but that are universal to all there is indeed no better medium for moral teaching than the good fairy story and this is what made the Lord of the Rings such a phenomenal success.
As one author comments: Exploring Tolkien’s world was not just interesting it was not even just fascinating it was sheer joy for he knew that here we had touched truth. This book was a homecoming. This book broke our hearts here was a world that was real. In fact more real and more solid than the one we left behind when we opened the covers of that book.
In this ambitious task of translating the Lord of the Rings to film Peter Jackson understood the mythological essence of Tolkien’s work approaching it not as a whimsical fantasy but as actual history.
Peter Jackson: I said look we’ve been given the job of making the Lord of the Rings but I want to from this point on I want to think that Lord the Rings is real that it was actually history that these events happened and more than that I want us to imagine that we’ve been lucky enough to be able to go on location and shoot our movie where the real events happened.
On top of that he was able to use the specific qualities of cinema to not only adapt but also expand on Tolkien’s mythology most notably by using New Zealand’s natural beauty to give Middle-Earth a strong sense of place that makes it feel both otherworldly as well as intimately familiar and by composing a fast soundtrack that uses musical light motifs to enrich the various cultural histories and ground us even further into this world as one that actually exists. To me these are the elements that have since become inseparable from Tolkien’s work and perhaps even vital to understanding it in its fullness.
So today I want to use both Tolkien’s worldview and Jackson’s cinematic vision to explore the underlying truth that the Lord of the Rings reveals and examine its deeper workings and power as a mythology. My interpretation is mainly based on the books
Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings, by Matthew Dickerson, J.R.R Tolkien.
Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-Earth, by Bradley Bursar
Philosophy of Tolkien: the Worldview behind the Lord of the Rings, by Peter Kreeft
Although these sources are about Tolkien’s writing and not Peter Jackson’s adaptation of that writing the essence of the important themes are considered to be preserved well enough and so I will discuss the books and films interchangeably unless the differences are significant enough to be worth mentioning with that in mind let’s begin a journey into the vast landscapes of Middle-Earth, immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds that gave at life and explore the deeper meanings that turned an epic adventure into a mythology for the ages.
You beginning rollin with the people who most resembled the Anglo-Saxons in their cultural aesthetics and musical themes when we first enter the City of Edoras. We find the land in decline that has lost its glory and spirit, and whose king is but a pale shadow of the man he once was. It captures the bleakness that was at the heart of many pagan mythologies: a vision of a doomed world soon to be destroyed by the gods or by time, yet it is in the struggle with mortality that Tolkien, very much like the poet who wrote Beowulf, finds the pagan’s most noble virtues: Courage and Raw Will.
In these, much of the main story arc of the People of Rohan is centered around reclaiming these virtues when we first meet they and his mind is corrupted by Saruman but even after he is released from his spell his spirit has not been fully restored he still finds himself trapped he is still afraid to face death and mortality and so instead of facing his enemies head on this end of urges him to you must fight he retreats his people to Helm’s Deep to be locked away in a giant fortress.
It is only after being besieged by the Uruk-hai, the very last moment when death is upon him and his people that Theoden and rediscovers the Spirit of his Ancestors, rides out and faces his doom with courage but this journey does not end here as Tolkien believes that the best qualities of the pagan world shouldn’t be merely adopted they should be appropriated and recontextualized into Christianity and in that process be sanctified. The most important aspect of this was to separate these virtues from the glorification of war and death in battle that is found in much of the language and literature of the Anglo-Saxons.
Although Tolkien valued the will to fight and the courage to sacrifice oneself, he did not believe in achieving glory through great deeds of violence or death in battle and so Theoden was spared from death in Helm’s Deep the restoration of his spirit is not yet complete but before we continue his character arc, I think it’s useful to consider that of Eowyn who perhaps best exemplifies Tolkien’s sanctification of the pagans noble virtues. When we meet Eowyn she toois trapped by fear but unlike Theoden, it is not death that scares her.
“Do you feel a cage to stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of Valor has gone.”
Beyond her call or desire, the cage is exactly what she finds herself in but it is not necessarily because she was forced to take care of Theoden and or because she is excluded from warfare due to her gender. Eowyn just a believes that real honor is only found in battle.
As author Matthew Dickerson puts it: while her uncle is so afraid of death that he has become shameful, she is so afraid of shame that she seeks death.
Aragorn does represent the battle-hardened heroism that Eowyn admires and she becomes attracted to him, but Aragorn eventually rejects her, making it clear that the image he projects on her and by extension the idea of Honor and battle is mistaken.
Shattered and so while breaking out of a gender role to take part in the war is definitely part of her character arc, it’s not its final destination which is why after finally riding into battle and slaying the witch-king a deed that is certainly great enough for her to die with honor she too is spared from death.
As briefly mentioned in the beginning, Middle-Earth is separated in a physical and spiritual reality and it is the latter one that was most important for Tolkien and where we find the essence of his sanctification what he wanted from his characters was not a great deed in battle nor a glorious death for those would reach their conclusion in the physical world, instead he wanted them to use their courage to achieve a victory in the spiritual realm he wanted them to have a moral victory.
Theoden’s victory when he shows courage not only for his own people but for those of Gondor as well. This time not because he seeks death or glory but because it is the right thing to do and so when he reaches the Pelennor Fields the outcome of the battle no longer matters for him it was his choice to give himself to this greater cause that granted him his moral victory and made him a true king worthy of the highest honor. The completion of Eowyn story is slightly different but similar in spirit she survives the Battle of Pelennor Fields and during her recovery falls in love with Faramir who in the books helps her to see there’s no shame in pity for that is the gift of a gentle heart to which Eowyn eventually replies
“I will be a shield-maiden no longer, nor fie with the great riders nor take joy only in the songs of slaying. I will be a healer I love all things that grow and are not barren”
But moral victory comes when she realizes there is honour outside of battle and gives up her pursuit of military glory too instead devote herself to a life of love and compassion.
Though a lot could be said about the journey of a woman learning the value of a domestic life and the bigger issue of gender roles in Middle-Earth but it should be noted that Eowyn’s character arc is very similar to that of Faramir who was also spared for what would have been a pointless death born out of a desperate hope for glory and given mercy instead.
It does suggest that Tolkien was waking a point that transcends gender especially considering that Faramir and Eowyn go on to live a life that is not unlike his dearest characters
That Tolkien values moral victories above all else can be traced all the way back to the Hobbit where we find that one of the most important moments were based around a moral choice. Here, Bilbo is trying to escape the tunnels while wearing the ring. Gollum however, blocks his way out. The safest option would be to kill the violent creature as it is unarmed and unaware of Bilbo’s presence. But just as he is about to stab Gollum, Bilbo is overcome by pity and chooses to spare his life even though it was the greater risk.
TRADE - US MineZ Trade Run
The Directory proudly announces that it has delivered
2 Iron Armor Sets
2 Iron Swords
2 Power I Punch I Bows
1 FFIV Boots
in value exchange of
25 Health Potions
Could barely find anyone though.
TRADE - US MineZ Trade
The Directory proudly announces that it has delivered
1 Battle Inventory(EXPORT)
in value exchange of
Kaiser Arsenal prices, comrade. is cheap.
PvP Drill 143rd Mass PvP Event - NON? NON.
I’ll put it on your tab.
DOMESTIC - HOME OFFICE IMPLEMENTS PROJECT BUT CAN ONLY BE EXECUTED BY FOREIGN OFFICE
As part of its infrastructure concentration project making the UTC a low-stress clan over such a high-stress, high-maintenance game, the Home Office released a list of “suggestions” for the Foreign Office to tackle and lobby for.
FINANCE - CLAN BANK’S FIRST INSURANCE ACTION
The Clan Bank functioned as an insurance firm last week where a client was covered 100+ USD’s worth of medicine and emergency room treatment. The Clan Bank takes pride in providing for actual MEDICAL services of its clients and can brag that we are the only clan capable of such a feat.
All other clans spend money or take money from their own pockets to be able to do what we do.
1) Trade Run Completed. SOP.
^(THE [?] EMPIRE,THE COMPANY’S OFFICIAL NEWS SOURCE AND PROPAGANDA TOOL. AW YEAH)