In J. R. R. Tolkien's stories set in Middle-earth, the Gift of Men is a gift of the deity Ilúvatar to his Younger Children, which remains a source of some confusion for Tolkien enthusiasts. The concept includes both mortality and free will. Below are two interpretations of the nature and extent of the Gift of Men as articulated by Tolkien.
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... in the tale of Adanel, it is believed, as a myth among some Men, that the short life and mortality of Men was not their original fate, but obtained as a result of Divine ... Many accept that this tale is not entirely true and may be a result of Men's unwillingness to accept their fate ... However, it can be theorised that Men's original fate (before their punishment) was not immortality in Arda, but the freedom to die at will, rather than ...
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