The Conversion of Ireland. The writings of St. Warsaeus Sir James Ware, Lond.
Concepts General Humans are blessed by the freedom from the Music of the Ainur. This freedom is the same gift of the free will that humans had been given in the Bible. This gift makes them capable of extreme evil, but also of the great good, and allows them to create their own fate.
Peoples and cultures Numenoreans are based on Celts. Physically, both have black hair, blue eyes and pale skin. Much like Celts, Numenoreans were noted as being unusually tall compared to the people around them ancient Celts were about a head taller than ancient Romans.
Celts were the first, and the best, iron workers in Europe. This gave them huge advantage over their enemies of the time, allowing them to conquer parts of Illyricum and even sack Rome.
Similarly, Numenoreans were the best metal workers in the world during the height of their civilization. Link is further strenghtened by Numenorean relationship with elves, explained later.
However, Numenoreans in the east of the island are noted to have blond hair. This seems the parallel of Great Britain, where blond hair is common in the eastern, Anglo-Saxon portion of the island, and black hair in the western, Celtic portion.
This is explained by the fact that the First House of Edain, who were mostly dark-haired, settled in the west of Numenor. Majority of Numenoreans were from the Third House, and were thus mostly blond. Numenorean culture is based on Roman and Greek cultures, with influences of Egypt and Central American civilizations as well.
All listed cultures had a love for grandiose structures. Argonath, two colossal statues of kings of Gondor carved into the landscape, reminds of the huge statues of Ramses II. Numenorean practice of offering human sacrifices on top of large pyramids, introduced as they turned to Shadow, is remiscent of similar Aztec practice.
This ties into Numenor itself being based on Atlantis, which according to the myth either ruled or influenced all of these areas.
Much like Roman Emperors, kings of Gondor often took the epiteths based on the names of conquered peoples e. Numenorean fascination with heavens, grimness, and eventual search for immortality — combined with tombs and embalming process — are distinctly Egyptian.
However, Numenorean thalassocracy and love of sea and shipbuilding has strong Greek undertones, combined with British Empire. Some aspects of Numenorean culture are based on the medieval England. Numenoreans are noted as being excellent archers and sailors, and main advantages of Numenor against its enemies were large numbers of archers with powerful longbows and a powerful navy.
Rohirrim are based on Anglo-Saxons. Physically, Anglo-Saxons and Rohirrim tend to have golden hair and blue eyes.
Just as Anglo-Saxons have taken south-eastern Britain and replaced the Celtic people there, so have Rohirrim taken over northern parts of Gondor Calenardhon and established a new nation there. Much like the Anglo-Saxon forts, Rohirrim fortifications were simple, built with a combination of earthen ramparts and wooden palisades.
Rohirrim did use surviving Gondorian forts such as the Hornburg and Dunharrow. Rohirrim ancestry is in the north of Middle Earth, much like Anglo-Saxon was. Some aspects of the Rohirrim culture, such as mead-halls, are Norse in origin.
However, their names are clearly Anglo-Saxon — both personal and of places.Until the Anglo-Saxon received from the Continent the Christian religion and the Roman culture, he was a mere average Aryan barbarian, with a strong taste for war and plunder, but with small love for any of the arts of peace.
Anglo Saxon Living History: Part Two: Funeral Pyre / Boat Burial Set in the early part of the century, the heroic epic, Beowulf, is an Old English poem set in Denmark and Sweden.
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What is the Rood? 2. What lesson about life and faith does the dreamer-poet draw from his vision? One of the culturally interesting facets of this poem is how it tries to negotiate between Anglo-Saxon values and Christianity, the two of which oppose one another in various ways.
Or, “What George Costanza Can Teach Christians” Evangelical Christians have a problem of recognizing nature. The sky is blue, the grass is green, fire is hot, water is wet, and men want pretty women. one of three antagonists in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf. usually depicted as a monster or a giant, although this is the subject of scholarly debate.
In the poem, is feared by all but Beowulf. —When the poem called Heliand was first discovered (and that in an English library), the difference in language between it and the common Anglo-Saxon composition was accounted for by the assumption of a Danish intermixture.