This session of the Silmarillion Seminar concludes the Allkalabeth. It’s called “The Castle of Arrrggghhhh”. You’ll have to listen to find out why! Get the download here or on The Tolkien Professor iTunes feed.
Thank you John for pronouncing Gandalf’s name correctly for the first timein the series.
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There was a discussion during this episode about why the Valar refused to deal directly with the Numenorian invasion. It was interesting but I think the participants missed a more simple explanation. I think the Valar simply did not have the authority to wage war on the children of Iluvatar. Most of the time this isn’t an issue, but the Valar’s duty to protect the elves in Valinor directly conflicted with their inability to attack the invading men (without becoming evil like Melkor). Submission to Iluvatar was their only option.
At least that’s my guess.
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