I can follow you to some degree only.The conclusions of your chain of argument i do not share.
No need ;-)I can follow you to some degree only.The conclusions of your chain of argument i do not share.
For me Eol symbolises why, even if the Valar were wrong in establishing their "Pleasure Island", where they are "hoarding bliss" - as the Tolkien Professor once said - (bliss, which is - by extention - missing in other places, making those even more unbearable than naturally they had to be - ) it is wrong for elves not answer their call and refuse to go there. Without the Valars' protection and guidance in a fallen marred world elves are doomed to ultimately become Eols - or even worse - faded, vindictive spirits always feeling wronged and envious of humans, who, for all their failings, are able to come by in this fallen world. This is why in the end all elves have either to sail or to fade.Well is Eol painted in a positive light? Not so much.Whoever wrote his history, even in-world, did not seem to have much understanding or sympathy for him.He is pretty much painted as an anti-social, heartless, cold, egotistical, tyrannical being.
Personally... yes, i have some understanding and sympathy for him. Mostly because he is an underdog, an outcast, somebody who defies the great rulers... makes his own law. That is modern bias as well.
Not literally. But I do think Eol is a place-holder for all the dark-elves out there, which we do not see. They were benign at first, teaching the Atani basic survival skills. But not having a rapid generational exchange of humans, which limits the damage experienced by one idividual, the permanent shadow over millenia would have an effect like that one that we see in Eol. For me Eol is clearly a tragic figure, a little like someone turned an alcoholic but without ever having actually decided to start drinking. And Aredhel is very naive in marrying someone clearly discfuctional. He is barely making it on his own, how can he carry on a relationship?We don't hear much about other dark elves, but as far as i can see none others became Eols.