Death in Tolkien’s legerdemain

[ ‘Turin Turambar’ by Dovile Tarutyte ]

" 'Hail, Gurtholfin, wand of death, for thou art all men's bane and all men's lives fain wouldst thou drink, knowing no lord or faith save the hand that wields thee if it be strong.   Thee only have I now - slay me therefore and be swift, for life is a curse, and all my days are creeping foul, and all my deeds are vile and all I love is dead.'   And Gurtholfin said: 'That will I gladly do, for blood is blood, and perchance thine is not less sweet than many a one's that thou hast given me ere now'; and Turambar cast himself then upon the point of Gurtholfin, and the dark blade took his life." 

Turin Turumbar (Silmarillion) 

"Deserves it!  I daresay he does.   Many that live deserve death.   And some that die deserve life.  Can you give it to them?   Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.   For even the very wise cannot see all ends.   I have not much hope that Gollum can be cured before he dies, but there is a chance of it.   And he is bound up with the fate of the Ring.  My heart tells me that he has some part to play yet, for good or ill, before the end; and when that comes, the pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many - yours not least." 

Gandalf (RK-LotR) 

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