Our theme for June is The Student Surpasses the Teacher.
We begin to learn from the moment we are born: movement, language, skills,
wisdom, magic. We learn from environment and from family, from friends and from
personal mentors. For some of us, there comes a time when we surpass our
teachers: a time to defy or re-define relationships and paradigms. This is the
heart of this theme.
Who taught Estel the ways of Elves and Men, the skills of sword and tracking?
Who trained Legolas in the art of the bow, or in the demands of princedom? And
how did the student far exceed the teacher's highest hopes and ambitions for
them? Was it natural talent on their part? Determined resolution? Both? How did
it change their view of themselves, their teachers, the culture they lived in?
Learning never ends, and so this theme is not limited to stories of growing up.
Even later in life, Aragorn had to learn to be King in practice and not only
theory; Legolas, perhaps, had to learn to live in a world from which most elves
had departed. New skills to master, or new teachers to expand on existing
skills, offer endless opportunities for the student to surpass the teacher.
Special thanks to Annette for suggesting the theme.
Here are the stories for this month:
Middle-Earth Itself by N_Forest 2nd place
Tongues of Men and of Angels by Linda Hoyland 1st place
Way of the World by Michelle 1st place
Marethiel, nautika, StarLight, and Valante