- Sep 3, 2018
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That's the general line it goes for, that Illuvatar is so clearly known to exist that he is "worshipped" with action.I would argue that the mystical and spiritual were critical to Middle Earth, but since they were so clearly manifest, something like religion may have been unnecessary. I don't know if that's a correct interpretation, but it's always been the feeling I got from the material. It's like the characters are already living inside a myth, so they don't need to go creating new ones.
Tolkien in his later writings mentions how men are withdrawing from this natural worship as the world becomes less mythic and Illuvatar will need to come in flesh as the final myth