Ok, on some of these points perhaps Tolkien's mythic image of the evil one diverges slightly from standard Christian imagery and seems a bit weak. The evil one knows God -- The Father of the Trinity -- is right and good and holy. "The demons know there is a god," is a common quote from the Saints and Fathers. (It is man who pretends not to be sure to excuse himself.) He knows God is infallible and His creation is right and good. THAT is what irks him. His colossal ego is frustrated and he envies man and all of creation for being so good. Since God and His creation is good, ipso facto, to engineer something other than that is to do and create evil He knows that too. He WANTS to be evil. He does not believe God is a false God and there is a wrong creation. That is modern liberal excuse making for evil... Oh, if only we understood poor satan and his misunderstood demons. No! That vicious raging attitude is what is evil about him. He has no excuse, no basis, no right to act as he does. Having been present in creation, he knows Whom he is dealing with and that he will lose utterly and finally. THAT drives his hate and destructive negation. He desires to destroy as much as he can in the meantime. I think attributing to Tolkien modern liberal excusatory exculpatory motivations to Morgoth is not something he would have accepted.That philosophical or political nihilism was not what i was referring to. Melkor is all about proving Eru wrong, he wants to prove that God is wrong, fallible and creation is in itself essentially wrong.That is because of his frustration and envy of being just a lesser demiurge, he does not want to rule or dominate the world or men, though he does so or tries, but only as a tool in his great idea of annihilation of what he believes is a false god and a wrong creation... therefore nihilism.