Taylor is a great character who seems for more action-oriented than Sacha. The character who really stole the show, however, was Louisa. I loved her raucous personality and her freeing influence on Taylor, who she challenges at every opportunity. She also inserts a bit of levity and humour at opportune moments to keep the narrative from becoming too bleak. One thing I did wonder after finishing the book was how the authors wrote it. Or did they write everything together?
The Secret Fire by C. J. Daugherty – review
By identifying himself as a servant of the secret fire or Flame imperishable , Gandalf is identifying himself as a Maia, an embodied angelic servant of the Valar protecting the light of Creation that Eru Iluvatar or God has set to burn at the centre of Arda Earth. Wielder of the flame of Anor is a reference to his ability to draw on the power of the sun possibly through the Ring of Fire Narya but maybe also through his own divine origins. Finally as he refers to the Balrog as the Flame of Udun, he informs the Balrog that he knows it to be a corrupted Maia in the service of Morgoth from the earliest time when he resided as Melkor in his dark fortress of Utumno broken by the Valar at the awakening of the Elves.
He orders it to retreat go back to the shadows or face the consequences of divine conflict and final judgement before the Vala Mandos, the fate of all slain creatures. In the Silmarillion, the creation of the world is described. The Gods sing a vision of the World. Then the One God, Illuvatar, makes their song reality:. This marks the Balrog as an ancient foe. As Tolkien's world is in a perpetual state of decline, being ancient makes the Balrog a very powerful foe.
And indeed the Balrog turned out to be an equal of Gandalf, a Maia, or a lesser god. I will attempt to answer what Gandalf quite obviously meant by "Flame of Anor," using a style of exaggerated introduction to an enemy that Tolkien uses when Bilbo met Smaug that everyone seems to have missed. The Flame of Anor is simply the Sun, and nothing else.
More specifically, it is the Dawn. Gandalf meant quite literally that he wields the Sun, and we know this from his history to be true, from The Hobbit:.
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For just at that moment the light came over the hill, and there was a mighty twitter in the branches. William never spoke for he stood turned to stone as he stooped; and Bert and Tom were stuck like rocks as they looked at him. And there they stand to this day, all alone, unless the birds perch on them; for trolls It was the wizard's voice that had kept the trolls bickering and quarrelling, until the light came and made an end of them.
Gandalf wields the Sun often subsequent to his battle with the Balrog. They all gazed at him.
His hair was white as snow in the sunshine, and gleaming white was his robe; the eyes under his deep brows were bright, piercing as the rays of the sun; power was in his hand. Arriving at Helm's Deep with reinforcements, we read the enemy is driven mad by Gandalf's approach from the East at sunrise, from The Two Towers:.
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There suddenly upon a ridge appeared a rider, clad in white, shining in the rising sun. Gandalf's use of sunrise is hardly isolated, and there are quite a few passages with him arriving at his destination at first light, from The Return of the King:.
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So Gandalf and Peregrin rode to the Great Gate of the Men of Gondor at the rising of the sun, and its iron doors rolled back before them. What Tolkien didn't reveal to us he never intended, such as Gandalf referring to Narya as "The Sun," which he would never do.
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Narya has no connection to the Sun other than the coincidence that Gandalf wields the sun, as he says, which is always a white light, and he also happens to secretly posses Narya, the red ring, giving him some influence over fire and the ability to kindle hearts. The Sun and the powers of Narya are not related. Narya is not a weapon nor does Gandalf use it as one, like he uses the Sun. Eru gave a special light to Varda Elbereth whom the Noldor especially revered when she entered Ea at the beginning of time.
This light she shared with Arien the Maia of the Sun and it was to possess this light that Morgoth 'ravished' Arien; thereby burning and diminishing himself irrevocably. I believe that Gandalf is referring to this very special and holy light, given by Eru as something deadly to Morgoth and his servants.
Udun is Sindarin for Utumno Morgoth's great first underground realm - the underworld. Secret Fire and Flame of Anor are two different names for the same thing Tolkien wrote in his letters several times about this concept of Creation and Sub-creation refashioning something new out of what Eru has already Created.
Only Eru could truly create, all others could only sub-create. It is very, very closely associated with Life and bringing things "to life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book; there are lots of action packed and thrilling moments. The story is mostly concentrated on the two main characters, who were amazing characters. I especially loved the character of Sacha - he has that bad-boy appearance, and is really sarcastic, but deep down he cares about his loved ones. I identified a little with Taylor because she loves books and she is a determined and hard-working person.