Merry wrote:Hey, doing okay over there, Iolanthe?
I'm still doing very well with the doom and gloom Merry !
Harking back a bit:
Lindariel wrote:Wouldn't he be happier to be rejoined with his family beyond the circles of the world after having spent all those Ages in the Halls of Mandos? Isn't that a more fitting "reward"?
It seems especially unfair that a man that is separated from his family from seven onwards to the detriment of most of Middle-earth - not even knowing his own sister when he finally meets her - should also spend eternity separated from them. Tolkien seems to have had a love/hate relationship with Turin, both pitying him and aghast at his deeds at one and the same time.
I don't think that Tolkien could have written anything like this tale in later life, or ever re-written and edited it into a tale like LoTR with characters we could warm too. It remains fixed culturally early in the ages of Middle-earth, as you've said Lindariel, and early in the culture of the heart of Tolkien the writer.
But how lucky we are to have a whole world to explore that spans aeons of time and is so different wherever we look at, like our own! Who else could write a span of fiction in which you could still apply 'The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there' [Hartley].