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02 January 2013

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Thanks Michael...

Ganjiki, your poem reminds me of a story I read about the creation of the fictional world called Middle Earth.

In his book The Silmarillion, which provides a fictional historic background to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien describes the creation of Middle Earth as being the outcome of a great orchestra of 'angels' playing music endlessly for their god (given the title Illuvator, which I think means 'Lord or source or creator of light' or something like that; I read the book so long ago but have never been able to find another copy).

At the final stages of their symphony Illuvator revealed to them what they had created through their music/song.

Melkor, another version of the devil, had also played in this orchestra. But Melkor's music had eventually become discordant, because he was prideful of his own skill and had wanted the others to follow his lead, whereas Illuvator had loved the 'wondrous diversity' provided by all the angels playing in their own way.

There's a lot more to the tale, but to me this has always been such a beautiful fantasy of how creation - despite being a scientist - I like it.

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