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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 215 - Melian's support

25th May 2015 (15:51)

Canon actually describes the Girdle of Melian as "an unseen wall of shadow and bewilderment", but you can't draw an 'unseen wall' so I used artistic licence. :).

Bonus geek points for anyone who can translate what Melian says in the bottom left.


Part 215: Melian's support



Next time: Part 216: Put a girdle around the world

Chibis by the now-dead website formerly known as tektek.org
Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!

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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 214 - Down to the wire

21st May 2015 (16:35)

Canon doesn't mention what role Lúthien played in these events, if any, but I wanted to build some characterisation for her and Thingol, and this seemed appropriate.


I didn't actually realise there's a potential pun about (under)wire here until after I chose the title. :)


Part 214: Down to the wire



Next time: Part 215: Melian's support

Chibis by the now-dead website formerly known as tektek.org
Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!

StephenT [userpic]

The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 213 - Counting the cost

18th May 2015 (16:35)

The dwarves don't want to be left out of things! ♥

(Note: "Baruk Khazad! Khazad ai-menu!" does not mean "Dwarves are back on the menu, boys!")


Part 213: Counting the cost



Next time: Part 214: Down to the wire

Chibis by the now-dead website formerly known as tektek.org
Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!

StephenT [userpic]

The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 212 - Pro patria mori

14th May 2015 (15:13)

In case anyone's confused, the Denethor here is not the same guy that appears in Lord of the Rings, which is set about 10,000 years later.

For this scene, I'm imagining that every single elf in Thingol's army fights like Legolas in the Peter Jackson movies, or better - and yet they still lost (or won only a Pyrrhic victory). Though as I mentioned in the comments last time, it's possible that what the peaceful, unwarlike Sindar consider to be unbearably high casualties, later and more determined Elven armies would shrug off as acceptable losses.

Beleg is, let's say, rather over-confident and reckless. Let's hope it doesn't get him into trouble.


Part 212: Pro patria mori



Next time: Part 213: Counting the cost

Chibis by the now-dead website formerly known as tektek.org
Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!

StephenT [userpic]

The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 211 - Dulce et decorum est

11th May 2015 (14:45)

Some might consider that there's a spoiler in today's cartoon - you know, where it says "the first of the great battles between elves and orcs"...


Part 211: Dulce et decorum est



Next time: Part 212: Pro patria mori

Chibis by the now-dead website formerly known as tektek.org
Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!

StephenT [userpic]

The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 210 - Stratagems

7th May 2015 (17:07)

And we're back!

In case it's not obvious, the labels on the map are C = Círdan, T&M = Thingol and Melian, D = Denethor.

When Beleg says "The orcs aren't very observant" you have to remember he's saying this from the perspective of a First Age elf , not a mere mortal...


Part 210: Stratagems



Next time: Part 211: Dulce et decorum est

Chibis by the now-dead website formerly known as tektek.org
Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!

StephenT [userpic]

The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 209 - To arms!

30th April 2015 (19:21)

Things are getting tense...

We know that there have been orcs wandering around Middle-earth for a while, having escaped the destruction of Utumno; they're why the Laiquendi headed to Beleriand, for instance. But I assume that until Morgoth's return to organise them they mostly avoided Thingol's kingdom; so while experienced and well-travelled warriors like Mablung might know what they are, more sheltered Sindar have never heard of them until now.

Also, please fill in my poll!


Part 209: To arms!



Next time: Part 210: Stratagems

Chibis by the now-dead website formerly known as tektek.org
Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!

StephenT [userpic]

Middle-earth poll

30th April 2015 (12:58)

Because i'm curious about people's opinions on certain contentious items of Middle-earth canon, here's a poll! (Plus a few silly questions for light relief.) Please feel free to skip questions if you don't know or don't have an answer, or reply in comments if your answer would start, "Well, it's more complicated than that..."

(Note: the second responsse to the extramarital sex question was supposed to be 'Very, very, VERY rarely. It's not normal at all." rather than copying the last bit of the previous answer. Unfortunately I can't seem to edit it now it's posted.)

Poll #2009775 Middle-earth poll

Tolkien's poetry:

I love it
5(31.2%)
I hate it
1(6.2%)
Some of it is good, other bits are regrettable
10(62.5%)

What was Galadriel's role at the Kinslaying of Alqualondë?

She stayed out of it altogether
8(57.1%)
She fought for the Noldor against the Teleri
2(14.3%)
She fought for the Teleri against the Noldor
2(14.3%)
She fought, but for neither and/or both sides
2(14.3%)

When did Amrod die?

At the burning of the ships at Losgar
2(16.7%)
At the Third Kinslaying at the Havens of Sirion
10(83.3%)

How large was the Host of the Noldor that Fëanor and Fingolfin led back to Middle-earth?

Hundreds
1(7.7%)
Thousands
6(46.2%)
Tens of thousands
5(38.5%)
Hundreds of thousands
1(7.7%)
Millions
0(0.0%)

How do you prefer to eat fish?

Fried with potatoes
8(50.0%)
Raw and juicy
1(6.2%)
Some other fancy way of cooking it
5(31.2%)
I don't eat fish
2(12.5%)

How many Balrogs are there in Angband?

Hundreds, if not thousands
2(12.5%)
Seven
4(25.0%)
Seven powerful ones, and a whole host of 'lesser' ones
10(62.5%)

Do those Balrogs have wings?

Yes
6(37.5%)
No
1(6.2%)
Some do, some don't
4(25.0%)
They have wings but they can't fly
2(12.5%)
Aaarrrgggh!!!
3(18.8%)

In the First Age, are humans generally bigger and stronger than elves?

Yes, that's why the elves valued their help so much against Morgoth
4(25.0%)
No, elves are stronger, tougher and entirely more awesome than humans.
12(75.0%)

Do elves have extramarital sex?

No, it's psychologically or even physiologically impossible for them to do so
4(26.7%)
em to do so
2(13.3%)
They do, but they strongly disapprove of it and claim they don't
4(26.7%)
They have pretty much the same attitudes as modern Western people do
3(20.0%)
They're very relaxed about the idea and generally have open relationships.
2(13.3%)

While digging your garden, you unearth a Silmaril. What do you do?

Wear it on a necklace
3(18.8%)
Wear it on a headband
0(0.0%)
Wear it in an Iron Crown
0(0.0%)
Give it to your fiancé(e)'s father
0(0.0%)
Feed it to your dog
0(0.0%)
Lock it away in a deep, well-protected vault
2(12.5%)
Throw it away
5(31.2%)
Wait with happy anticipation for the Sons of Fëanor to come and visit your house
6(37.5%)

StephenT [userpic]

The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 208 - First Battle of Beleriand

27th April 2015 (16:46)

Translator's note: When Círdan says "What a pleasant day" he's actually referring to the notional period of time between waking up and going to sleep, since as yet there's no Sun in the sky, so Middle-earth lies under a perpetual starry night-time. (Though having said that, I wonder if the stars already rise and set every 24 hours, or if they're stationary in the sky?)

The elves he's talking to are my Generic Teleri chibis. :)

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Part 208: First Battle of Beleriand



Next time: Part 209: To arms!

Chibis by the now-dead website formerly known as tektek.org
Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!

StephenT [userpic]

The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 207 - Call the exterminator

23rd April 2015 (17:39)

Time for a map to show where everything's happening (and is about to happen!)

Spoiler note: it's not called Doriath yet. :)

For the record, the mountain range on the right of this map is, by my calculations, roughly as long north-south, and is in roughly the same geographical location/latitude, as the British Isles in our own world. That puts Beleriand under the Atlantic Ocean in our present-day world, which sounds about right.


Part 207: Call the exterminator



Next time: Part 208: first battle of Beleriand

Chibis by the now-dead website formerly known as tektek.org
Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!

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