Giving trust where one is ordered not to is another disobedience that is a direct result of caritas.
How do we interpret the complex series of events at Mount Doom from the perspective of looking for acts of disobedience, their motives, and their results?
(VI.3.926) As we can see, disobedience in The Lord of the Rings is more often about looking within to judge a right course of action against an authority that is ordering something questionable, rather than disobeying a set of rules.
In The Silmarillion we arrive at the twin underlying acts of disobedience and rebellion that shape Tolkien's whole universe, and I want to concentrate on these to the exclusion of many other interesting examples from the background legendarium.
Now let's contrast this with another act of disobedience on the part of one of the great Valar--Aule's creation of the Dwarves.
Disobedience is clearly differentiated as to its intention: whether it occurs out of a lust for destruction and the domination of others, or out of love and subcreative desire.
Her story is an example of the working out of fate, free will, disobedience, and eucatastrophe over a single being's lifetime.
Disobedience resulting in eucatastrophe is part of the very fabric of Eru's universe from the beginning.
So whatever disobedience or rebellion there might be in the world, it will sooner or later be worked into the pattern for good.
You might even say we have free will so we can disobey--that disobedience is its very purpose.12
Not Shooting and Not Crying: Psychological Inquiry into Moral Disobedience. New York: Greenwood, 1989.
"Paradise Lost and Found: Obedience, Disobedience, and Storytelling in C.S.