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Being lies with Eru - Rank 1
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Addressing Knowledge

Tolkien characterizes the quest for knowledge with ambivalence in LOTR's. What are the various ways Tolkien presents the quest for gaining knowledge in the novels?

-- Edited by Halobella85 on Monday 1st of November 2010 11:59:16 PM

Lord Elrond of Rivendell - Rank 9
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Welcome to the Tolkien Forums.
Tolkien's support for acquiring knowledge?
How about Bilbo's Redbook that he passes on to Frodo who passes it on tho Sam?
Faramir's being a student of Gandalf's in the archives of Gondor?
The whole idea of Rivendell being a library of collected knowledge?  And people from all over Middle-earth coming to seek advice of the lore-master Elrond?
I think there are dozens more.
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Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit
Called or uncalled, God is present

Loremaster Elf of Mirkwood - Rank 4
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Welcome Halobella85

Lets see. Tolkien said that once men used to travel to seek advice and wisdom from the Elves though those times were becomeing few and far between.

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Anarion, Son of Elendil - rank 8
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Plus all the great kingdoms and realms like those in Beleriand and of course Numenor, not to mention Arnor and Gondor, seem to dedicate alot of their efforts into scholarship and the preservation and research of history and lore.


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Guard of Armenelos - Rank 4
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Not to mention the great libraries and archives of the citadel of Minas Tirith and what might have been lost in the fall of Osgiliath. I think it was written that Saruman began his quest for the Ring by reading Isildur's account in the Libraries of the capital city of Gondor.

Tower Guard of Minas Tirith - Rank 4
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Jaidoprism7, i've heard that before too Minas Tirith in and of itself does in fact show the quest for knowledge in Tolkiens tales.

But no wizardry nor spell, neither fang nor venom,nor devil's art nor beast-strength, could overthrow Huan of Valinor;
Tom Bombadil
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And I think I read somewhere that the Dwarves had the great Library (Chamber of records) of Mazarbul in Moria.


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