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Am 24.12.01, John Cowan yscrifef:

> Irina Rempt scripsit:
> > On Saturday 22 December 2001 12:27, Christophe wrote:
> >
> > > A conculture doesn't mandatorily reflects the views of its
> > > author. Think of Irina, whose conculture is anything but Orthodox
> > > Christian.
> >
> > It does hold comparable values of good and evil as I do myself,
> > however, perhaps even expressed more explicitly.
>
> Tom Shippey makes the point in _JRRT: Author of the Century_ that even
> Orcs have basically the same morality we do, though they follow it
> even less well than we: they disapprove of abandoning one's
> fellow-soldiers in battle conditions, e.g.

Well, Melkor could not _create_ (nor indeed Sauron nor Saruman).
They could only ruin what was already in the world. It's not a
surprise, therefore, that Orcs are in some ways similar to the
other Children of Iluvatar.

Padraic.
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Bethes gwaz vaz ha leal.