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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 114: An odd use for swans

7th April 2014 (18:05)

Apologies for missing last week.

Am I the only one to be rather disturbed by this thing for swans? :)


Part 114: An odd use for swans



Next time: Part 115: Swanhaven

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: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 7th April 2014 17:52 (UTC)

So ships, "Friggin in the Riggin" and slashfic all came into existence on one magical day!

There's nothing swans can't do, apparently. The sailors of old had to be canny judges of swanflesh.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 7th April 2014 19:31 (UTC)

A swan can't open a bottle of rum without help!

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 7th April 2014 19:09 (UTC)

I always wondered if the "swans" of the Teleri were supposed to be some kind of magical, placid, extra-nice breed of "Elven Swans" or something. because if they were ordinary swans, then I would neither want to be in the shoes of the Teleri in charge of tying them to the ships, nor in that of the Noldor later...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 7th April 2014 19:35 (UTC)

No, I think that the Elves in the early fire of their youth were just that badass...

Though in Tolkien's own painting of the Bay of Eldamar he does show a Teleri swanship with a conventional sail and oars. I'll actually cover this next comic, but I'm assuming they don't only use swans for propulsion...

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 9th April 2014 12:41 (UTC)

But before now, the Teleri hadn't wondered what a "lugger" was, or "rigging", or any of the other things in Ossë's songs. Okaaaayyy....

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 9th April 2014 14:19 (UTC)

I think there were far more interesting things in that song for them to wonder about... :-o

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 9th April 2014 16:38 (UTC)

They just thought they were nonsense words like "fol-de-rol" or "tra-la-la-la"!
:)

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