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Tolkien's theory of sub-creation
Oct 9th, 2016 at 2:58pm
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This is excellent.  From part way in:

Sanctified Sub-creation

In Tolkien’s religious philosophy of creation and sub-creation, true creation is the exclusive province of God, and those who aspire to creation can only make echoes (good) or mockeries (evil) of Truth, of ideal forms. The sub-creation of works that echo the true primary creations of God is one way that mortals honour God.

“I would with the beleaguered fools be told,
that keep an inner fastness where their gold,
impure and scanty, yet they loyally bring
to mint in image blurred of distant king,
or in fantastic banners weave the sheen
heraldic emblems of a lord unseen.”

‘Subcreation’ may be ‘made real’ if is vivified and upheld by God. For instance, in the Lord of the Rings legendarium,: the Silmarillion, Aulë, creates the Dwarf race as an act of subcreation that honoured Eru Ilúvatar (The equivalent of God in Tolkien’s writings), and which Iluvatar accepted and made real. The distinction is made in this lesson regarding the acceptance of the creation. Iluvatar questions Aule’s action, and his extending of his powers beyond the gift of Life which Iluvatar has given him. Aule’s response to Iluvatar’s resounds with humility and pleads:

“the making of things is in my heart, from my own making by thee and the child of little understanding that makes a play of the deeds of his father, may do so without thought of mockery, but because he is the son of his father.”

As Aule’s inspiration derived from a desire that more beings experience the beauty of the world (Ea), and he desired to instruct them of this beauty; and he was willing to sacrifice his creation to forsake his initial error in extending his power of creation to forge new lives, the Dwarves lived on, and Aule’s creation was harmoniously included in the work of Ea.
But Morgoth, the fallen Ainur, forged life from a different attitude and created the Orc race as a foul mockery of the Elf. All Melkor, Morgoth’s and Sauron’s negative actions depend on lies and distortions, playing upon human’s fear of death, which unbeknownst to the mind of humanity is Illuvatar’s greatest Gift.


more here:

http://www.mundusimaginalis.org/articles/the-subcreation-theory-of-j-r-r-tolkien...
  


To say homo sapiens, is to say Homo religiosus; there is no man without God. ~Frithjof Schuon
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