About Artanis
(detail from picture by John Howe)

Name on Dorthonion.net - Artanis
E-mail - artanis@dorthonion.net
Gender - Female
Current Location (2009) - Norway
Introduction to Tolkien - I read The Lord of the Rings before The Silmarillion was published. I got really hooked on it when I realised how his alphabeths built on what I had learnt in Phonetics - the symmetry and systematical approach appealed to my sense of systems. A few years back I joined a Tolkien message board, and discussion and Role Playing there made me aware of the interesting materials in some of the History of Middle-earth volumes.
Favorite Work by Tolkien - Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth. As for the Middle-earth books, I guess I like The Lord of the Rings the most. Of his other books, I have a certain fondness for Farmer Giles of Ham.
Favorite Character in Lord of the Rings - Faramir.
Favorite Character in The Silmarillion - It varies - but currently Idril.
Favorite Member of the Fellowship - Sam.
Favorite Quote from Lord of the Rings -
"'I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend: the city of the Men of Númenor.'"
~ The Window on the West
Favorite Quote from The Silmarillion -
"And thou, Melkor, shalt see that no theme may be played that hath not its uttermost source in me, nor can any alter the music in my despite. For he that attempteth this shall prove but mine instrument in the devising of things more wonderful, which he himself hath not imagined."
~ The Music of the Ainur
and I have to add one from The History of Middle-earth -
"'What then was this hope, if you know?' Finrod asked.

'They say,' answered Andreth: 'they say that the One will himself enter into Arda, and heal Men and all the Marring from the beginning to the end. This they say also, or they feign, is a rumour that has come down through years uncounted, even from the days of our undoing.'

[...] 'I do not doubt,' said Andreth. 'And for that reason the saying of Hope passes my understanding. How could Eru enter into the thing that He has made, and than which He is beyond measure greater? Can the singer enter into his tale or the designer into his picture? '

'He is already in it, as well as outside,' said Finrod. 'But indeed the "in-dwelling" and the "out-living" are not in the same mode.'

'Truly,' said Andreth. 'So may Eru in that mode be present in Ea that proceeded from Him. But they speak of Eru Himself entering into Arda, and that is a thing wholly different. How could He the greater do this? Would it not shatter Arda, or indeed all Ea?'

'Ask me not,' said Finrod. 'These things are beyond the compass of the wisdom of the Eldar, or of the Valar maybe. But I doubt that our words may mislead us, and that when you say "greater" you think of the dimensions of Arda, in which the greater vessel may not be contained in the less.
'But such words may not be used of the Measureless. If Eru wished to do this, I do not doubt that He would find a way, though I cannot foresee it. For, as it seems to me, even if He in Himself were to enter in, He must still remain also as He is: the Author without. And yet, Andreth, to speak with humility, I cannot conceive how else this healing could be achieved. Since Eru will surely not suffer Melkor to turn the world to his own will and to triumph in the end. Yet there is no power conceivable greater than Melkor save Eru only. Therefore Eru, if He will not relinquish His work to Melkor, who must else proceed to mastery, then Eru must come in to conquer him.'"
~ Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth
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