June 28th, 2012Water Itself Is Baptised!by Joseph Pearce

I've just finished reading Abigail's beautiful and moving meditation on the ocean and its analogous connection to love. In the midst of the depths to which she plunges, she mentions Legolas' love for the sea, and this reminded me of Tolkien's own love for the Sea, expressed in Ainulindalë, the Creation myth in The Silmarillion:

... but of all these water they most greatly praised. And it is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance else that is in this Earth; and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.

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  • June 28 2012 | by james lugton

    hello joe. i met you years ago in edinburgh at a meeting which was chaired by peter sheppard if memory serves me correct.

    you gave a brilliant talk on the slave trade and the industrial revolution and the way slaves and workers were treated.

    im glad you have done well for yourself mate you deserve it.

    although i would describe myself as an aethiest i have no beef with anyone who has a faith.

    the uk is i think doomed my former comrade and we are past the point of no return.

    i hope you are not too harsh on us who are trying to preserve our lifestyle or whats left of it.

    anyway again i offer my best wishes from our dying mutual friend (the uk)

    toodle pip

    james macdonald
  • June 28 2012 | by james lugton

    ooops sorry that was meant to be james macdonald lugton

    sorry about that
  • July 6 2012 | by Abigail C. Reimel

    Mr. Pearce,

    Thank you for your glowing compliments!

    Ah, Tolkien's words are like music to the ears! A perfect passage, thank you for posting it. The Silmarillion is such an incredible masterpiece.

    God bless!