Post by Paul S Person Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by Paul S Person
On Sat, 9 May 2020 15:48:46 -0500, Lynn McGuire
Post by Lynn McGuire
BC: The Flat Earth Society
They still exist !
The best /depiction/ of a flat earth I have seen was the one in /Gods
The one in _The Silmarillion_ is rather nice; it's shaped like a
ship, with fore- and afterdecks.
Indeed it is, but, of course, in his final re-write, it would have had
to go, as the Earth would have always been round.
And eliminate that marvelous passage at the end of the Akallabeth?
"And those that sailed far came only to the new lands, and found
them like to the old lands, and subject to death. And those that
sailed furthest set but a girdle about the Earth and returned
weary at last to the place of their beginning; and they said: 'All
roads are now bent.'
"Thus in after days, what by the voyages of ships, what by lore
and star-craft, the kings of Men knew that the world was indeed
made round, and yet the Eldar were permitted still to depart and
to come to the Ancient West and to Avallone, if they would.
Therefore the loremasters of Men said that a Straight Road must
still be, for those that were permitted to find it. And they taught
that while the new world fell away, the old road and the path of
the memory of the West still went on, as it were a mighty bridge
invisible that passed through the air of breath and of flight
(which were bent now as the world was bent), and traversed Ilmen
which flesh unaided cannot endure, until it came to Tol Eressea,
the Lonely Isle, and maybe even beyond to Valinor, where the Valar
still dwell and watch the unfolding of the story of the world. And
tales and rumours arose along the shores of the sea concerning
mariners and men forlorn upon the water who, by some fate or
grace or favour of the Valar, had entered in upon the Straight
Way and seen the face of the world sink below them, and so had
come to the laplit quays of Avallone, or veirly to the last
beaches on the margin of Aman, and there had looked upon the
White Mountain, dreadful and beautiful, before they died."
Edit that out? Eru forbid.
Dorothy J. Heydt
djheydt at gmail dot com