Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
J. R. R. Tolkien
One of the main philosophies in J. R. R. Tolkien’s writings is the importance of hope. We see various characters put to tests and deadly peril, but it’s hope that keeps most of them from giving up even before starting. When dark times come one may opt either for surrendering to the darkness, or for fighting with hope in their hearts, and those who choose the latter option usually succeed even in most hopeless quests.
It’s interesting that Elves have two kinds of hope. One is called amdir which stands for «looking up». Amdir is reminiscent of optimism, positive outlook on life and expecting good things to happen. Estel is, however, a more philosophical concept and is grounded deeply in Elvish hearts. It’s synonymous to the trust that Elves have in Eru and implies that all Eru’s designs will turn out good in the end, despite all the troubles that happen in the world or to a particular individual. In Atrabeth Finrod ah Andreth Finrod explains that estel doesn’t come from experience, but rather from the Elvish nature. It lies deep in their hearts and «is not defeated by the ways of the world» (Morgoth’s Ring, p. 320).
- J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien – Morgoth’s Ring; HarperCollinsPublishers; London; 2015.
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