The Annunaki

The Annunaki
Aliens, Gods or Demons?

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Thoth and Tolkien

In studying the Emerald Tablets of Thoth, I am struck by the similarities between Thoth the Atlantean and JRR Tolkien. The tablets themselves were studied by European alchemists from the middle ages up to Isaac Newton, who made his own translation of the works.

Wikipedia says: "Although Hermes Trismegistus is the author named in the text, its first known appearance is in a book written in Arabic between the sixth and eighth centuries. The text was first translated into Latin in the twelfth century. Numerous translations, interpretations and commentaries followed."

Whoever the original author is, I have noticed while reading it so much of Tolkien's numerology and mythology reflects Thoth's, though the Emerald Tablets is a lot longer. Time doesn't permit me to condense the Tablets, and indeed, it is better to study the Tablets at one's own leisure, but I will post parts of the two for comparison.

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie." 

"Yet are we ONE with the SOUL of our cycle.
Yet are WE, too, seeking a goal.
Far beyond man's conception,
Infinity extends into a greater than ALL.
There, in a time that is yet not a time,
we shall ALL become ONE
with a greater than ALL."

"Chose HE then from among the people, 
THREE who became his gateway.
Choose HE the THREE from the Highest 
to become his links with Atlantis.
Messengers they, who carried his council,
to the kings of the children of men."

"And again, unto me spoke the Seven, saying:
Child of the LIGHT, O THOTH, art thou,
free to travel the bright path upward
until at last ALL ONES become ONE
Forth were WE formed after our order:
Know ye that these are the numbers of cycles
that WE descend from unto man.
Each having here a duty to fulfill;
each having here a force to control."

Of course in the Tablets the One is not a malevolent force seeking to subjugate, but a benevolent one, reminiscent of Nirvana. 

Did Tolkien perhaps know of or study the Emerald Tablets? I think so, the destruction of Atlantis parallels his description of the destruction of Numenor in The Silmarillion

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