steve rogers was an irish-american with disabilities growing up in 30s new york in a gay neighborhood and some people actually believe he would be conservative
This is actually a very important point because it points to how we think about generations and groups. I mean, a lot of times we assume that homophobia and racism and whatever will go away as the older generations die but it’s not like people from the 1930s were all one sort. Older may mean more oldfashioned in its ways, values portrayed through a different worldview, but with the same range of values and human opinions you see today.
Am I the only one thinking that the Silmarillion is the work of Tolkien where his catholicism shows the most? And that he focuses on how pride is the worst sin?
- Melkor rebelling? -Pride
- Aule making Dwarves? -Pride (though he repented so it was ok???)
- Feanorians defying Valar? -Pride
- A lot of things Turin does? -Pride
- Thingol being shitty to the Dwarves who remade the Nauglamir? -Pride
- The entire Aklallabêth- PRIDE PRIDE PRIDE PRIDE WIT HORRIBLE CONSEQUENCES
Does anyone have more thoughts on this?
You might want to check out letter #131, to Milton Waldman, if you have access to it. It’s in some versions of the Silmarillion as a kind of introduction (and in all versions of the Letters.) I have a version I typed up for a blog post years ago, so if you don’t have access any other way feel free to PM me.
He has some interesting comments on just how “Christian” he takes his world to be. One such passage (and let’s put in a cut as quotes can get a bit long if you want context…):