Wizards and a defense of Gandalf
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(09-29-2010, 11:15 PM)dark lancer Wrote: So basically something is evil or not based on what appellation is used and in what context.

Sort of. It is the appellation which is judged though. So, more appropriately:

"the subject of an appellation is evil or not based on context".

So, in the right context, a demon can be good if for some reason this term refers to something for whatever reason which is not what we would call a demon (ie, fallen angel). The spoken word "demon" (it uses an alternative spelling though which originally referred to the same thing as "demon" though) can also refer to some types of software...I'm not sure why (for the curious and geeky...it refers to a Unix programming which runs in the background (more precisely, it has to be a child of init, but if you know what that means, you already know what I'm writing about)).

So, the fact that Tolkien used the Anglo-Saxon word "Wizard" to refer to an angelic being in human form does not make the being evil. Tolkien uses words of different backgrounds for linguistic reasons.
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Wizards and a defense of Gandalf - by Historian - 09-29-2010, 09:59 PM
Re: Wizards and a defense of Gandalf - by Walty - 09-29-2010, 10:53 PM
Re: Wizards and a defense of Gandalf - by Walty - 09-29-2010, 11:11 PM
Re: Wizards and a defense of Gandalf - by timoose - 09-30-2010, 07:43 AM
Re: Wizards and a defense of Gandalf - by Historian - 09-30-2010, 09:47 AM
Re: Wizards and a defense of Gandalf - by cgraye - 09-30-2010, 11:35 AM
Re: Wizards and a defense of Gandalf - by Walty - 09-30-2010, 08:12 PM
Re: Wizards and a defense of Gandalf - by Walty - 09-30-2010, 08:16 PM
Re: Wizards and a defense of Gandalf - by piabee - 10-01-2010, 01:04 PM
Re: Wizards and a defense of Gandalf - by timoose - 10-01-2010, 01:54 PM
Re: Wizards and a defense of Gandalf - by Walty - 10-02-2010, 12:09 AM
Re: Wizards and a defense of Gandalf - by piabee - 10-03-2010, 02:44 AM



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