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Talk:Ages of the Children of Ilúvatar

Revision as of 18:03, 26 November 2011 by Mithbot (Talk | contribs)

Merge Proposal

I think that Ages of the Children of Ilúvatar and Ages of the Children of Ilúvatar are two different articles. This one is centered around the children of Ilúvatar, which I believe are the races of elves and men. I think the article ages really centers on the age of men specifically.

It seems to me that we like to have articles on concepts no matter how small they might be. For example, Ilúvatar and Eru are the same person, but the main article actually describing the character is Eru while Ilúvatar describes the nature of the word. I think using this same rational we could have an article about ages defining what the concept of "ages" means within Tolkien's legendarium. Yet, I do think that ages needs a little more work.

I also would to add I think the template History of Arda might be incorrect with using Ages of Ilúvatar. The ages actually starts with the years of the trees and not after the years of the sun. I think I better title for it would be "the ages of Men". --Pinkkeith 10:43, 10 June 2010 (UTC)

If there are really different concepts involved then there is reason to have different articles, yes. Approaching both articles from the angle of chronology I did not see them covering different concepts, as they are at present.
I’m afraid there are a lot of misconceptions around about the chronology of Arda, I have still for instance found no place where Tolkien uses the term Years of the Lamps, and I’ve found a strange mishmash of articles about Calendars here. Although Tolkien was careful and precise with the use of names and terms, especially in the same work, there are enough instances, especially in his ‘work under permanent construction’ as we find it in the HoMe, where he used different terms, or changed terms, for the same concept. I’m a bit weary of working up such terms into separate concepts willy nilly if there is no substance to go around.
But I’m prepared to be convinced that there are actual different concepts involved. — Mithrennaith 23:58, 10 June 2010 (UTC)