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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 82: Family visits

21st November 2013 (17:04)

Onto Chapter Four of the Silmarillion! .Twenty more chapters to go after this one...

Today's comic has a call-back to #59 and #60, if you remember them. The bird sitting on the sapling in the final panel is a nightingale... dedicated Tolkien fans will doubtless know why. :)


Part 82: Family visits



Next time: Part 83: The woods are lovely

Chibis by 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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Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 21st November 2013 18:59 (UTC)
Elwë Singollo

Interesting. I always thought the "Greymantle" was a reference to his grey hair, not a literal cloak. (But then I also always imagined his hair turned grey during the long encounter with you-know-who, rather than always being that colour, so what do I know...?)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 21st November 2013 22:10 (UTC)
Re: Elwë Singollo

You piqued my curiosity here, so I checked.

This is from the 1951 revision of the Silmarillion as published in HoME.10 'Morgoth's Ring':

"Two lords they had, for their numbers were very great: Elwë Singollo, which signifies Greymantle, and Olwë his brother. The hair of Olwë was long and white, and his eyes were blue; but the hair of Elwë was grey as silver, and his eyes were as stars; he was the tallest of all the Elven-folk."

So by the sound of it his hair was already that colour when they set out from Cuiviénen. It also mentions in 'Unfinished Tales' that Olwë's daughter Eärwen, who was Galadriel's mother, had hair which was "silver like starlight". It seems to be a family trait.

As for whether his cloak was literal, or a reference to his hair; I can't find conclusive proof either way. :)

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 22nd November 2013 12:59 (UTC)
Re: Elwë Singollo

Thanks. I really need to properly read HOME all the way through, rather than just dipping in and out.

Edited at 2013-11-22 13:00 (UTC)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 22nd November 2013 14:52 (UTC)

"Hey... is that bird over there whistling at me?"

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 22nd November 2013 16:51 (UTC)

If you see a large, bald fat man making a cameo appearance, it's time to worry.

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