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Iluvatar's Gift
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By hallosse   |   Watch
Published: May 31, 2012
© 2012 - 2019 hallosse
"Whether by the sword or the slow decay of time, Aragorn will die. ...And so he will come to death: an image of the splendor of the kings of men in glory undimmed, before the breaking of the world." ~Elrond

Mortality is the true heirloom of the house of Men - an heirloom that can never be destroyed or lost. It is the gift of Iluvatar to race of Men.

For the Teitho prompt 'heirlooms'. Feedback is greatly appreciated! :)

*credits*
made at [link]
touched up with dA muro
original image: [link] (It won't let me link to the image directly, so the one I used is in the second row, far right. click on it to see a larger version.) Grr.
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Darkendrama's avatar
That was such a sad scene!
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hallosseStudent General Artist
thanks for commenting! ..and it is a sad scene. :(
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meregoddessHobbyist Traditional Artist
What a wonderful image! It has such an ethereal quality about it. You did a great job on this deviation. :)
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hallosseStudent General Artist
Thank you!!
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piojoteProfessional General Artist
nice one!!
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hallosseStudent General Artist
Thanks!
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GwynConawayArtProfessional
nice use of filters!
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hallosseStudent General Artist
thank you very much. :)
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sarastallet99Student General Artist
Really great work! ^^
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hallosseStudent General Artist
Thanks!!
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CelestialhostHobbyist Writer
That is my favorite scene in the movie.
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hallosseStudent General Artist
Me too. so sad. :( thanks for the comment!
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...gee thanks a lot illuvater ...what a great gift *sarcasm* can i exchnage it for store credit ? cause as far as gifts go it sucks
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The Gift of Men frees men from any fate because when they die they eave the world of Arda and are not bound to it's fate like the other races of middle-earth. Elves might be able to live forever but they're never free because they are chained to the fate of middle-earth. Men can shape their lives anyway they want. So it's a valuable gift. Only cowards tried to step away from it. Also elves are immortal in LOTR because even if they "die" they just get sent to the halls of Mandos to be reborn.
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You see that's another thing the Gift of Men gave people. It gave them motivation the elves have no real motivation, they don't choose to do the things they do they simply know they have to do it because they're fated to. Men choose to do the things they do since they have so little time to do it. Like the Elves in LOTR you have no real motivation, which is why you give up so easily.
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you seem to be under the assumtion i actually care
this was a conversation that was closed well over a year ago and i have since moved on
but good job on necromancing a post and going all judgemental on me
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If you didn't care then why are you bothering to respond? I guess you NEEDED to make sure I knew you didn't care.
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just to make it clear that i am not interested
you seem to be the type that likes to hammer his point home
and i would prefer that you dont spam my front page
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hallosseStudent General Artist
An interesting point....but just for a moment, imagine if you were immortal. If you lived forever, if all your friends died, but you lingered on....
Please excuse my Tolkieneque ramblings. :) Thanks for the comment.
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well that is the price of immortality i suppose better to linger on then fade away in my opinion

as far as gifts go man got the short end of the stick

( not that tolkien elves are immortal they can die by force )
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hallosseStudent General Artist
If you say so...and it's true that elves can be killed. But please don't try to out-nerd on the subject of Tolkien. It won't end well for you. ;)
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*shrugs* no out nerding
just read the hobbit the trilogy tried to read the silmarrilion ( gave up half way through ) and glared dismally at the history series
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