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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 116: When a child is born

14th April 2014 (09:48)

An important moment in the story of the Silmarillion!

I wish I could say I planned it this way, but in fact it's entirely coincidental that the cartoon dealing with the birth of Fëanor is posted on my own birthday.  :)


Part 116: When a child is born



Next time: Part 117: Why?

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!

Comments

Posted by: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 09:19 (UTC)

Happy birthday! Don't set anything on fire.

Aw, poor Miriel. Even her yarn has turned grey. :(

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 13:52 (UTC)

Thanks!

And I'm glad someone noticed that little detail. :)

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 09:43 (UTC)

Happy Birthday!!!

(*grabs party hat and starts dancing, badly*)

(*stops dancing after noticing that everyone's staring.*)

Uh, yeah, anyway... Gotta admit, I just plain can't stand Fëanor or his equally annoying brood. Let's hope you can make him bearable, even if Tolkien couldn't.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 14:02 (UTC)
willow-dune1

On the internet, nobody can see you dance. Unless you have a webcam...

Is there anything in particular you'd want or not want to see regarding Fëanor? I'm currently picturing him as being annoyingly perfect; I've already sketched out a cartoon of Nerdanel referring to him in fond exasperation as an "insufferable genius". Later on, I see him as a mixture of tragic and horrific; kind of a Dark Willow figure except without the happy ending.

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 17th April 2014 08:15 (UTC)

Posted by: Chani φ (frenchani)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 09:55 (UTC)
Vermeer

Joyeux Anniversaire, Stephen!

I wish I could say it in Elvish languages...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 14:03 (UTC)

Merci beaucoup.:)

I don't know how to say it in Elvish either...

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 10:04 (UTC)

Happy birthday!

So what does "Goo goo ga" mean in Elvish?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 14:12 (UTC)

I don't think it is Elvish, actually. The 'g' sound by itself doesn't exist in Quenya, only in combinations, such as 'ng'. So if baby Fëanor were speaking Elvish, he'd say 'ngū nga nga". Instead it seems as if he's invented his own language, at the age of only five days. Typical.

And thanks!

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 10:14 (UTC)

Oh, happy birthday, so another Aires, ey?

@Comic

Aww what a cute baby, it's just a pity that he grows up to be such a obnoxious drama queen...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 14:13 (UTC)

Thanks!

Don't be too harsh on Fëanor, he had an unhappy childhood... ;)

Posted by: gillo (gillo)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 10:46 (UTC)

Happy birthday, Stephen!

It's also Peter Capaldi and Sarah Michelle Gellar's birthday. I imagine you knew that, but I think it's pretty cool.

Have a great day.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 14:14 (UTC)

Thanks! I knew about SMG sharing my birthday, but not Peter Capaldi. And Fëanor too, apparently. It seems like a popular time to be born.

Posted by: creepinjeeper (creepinjeeper)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 13:29 (UTC)

Happy Birthday!

I thought Fëanor was a bit of a drama queen too.

Edited at 2014-04-14 13:30 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 14:40 (UTC)

Thanks!

I'm wondering if it would be going too far to have a scene with Fëanor fondling the Silmarils and muttering "My Preciouses, oh my Preciouses!"
:)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 14:37 (UTC)

Happy birthday!

So it looks like we're about to get the world's first shipper war between the Firiels and the Findises, eh?

Finwë: "OW!"

Míriel: "What?"

Finwë: "I tried to take his rattle away, and he put a curse on me!"

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 14:46 (UTC)

I don't think portmanteau names work for 'ships in the Tolkienverse, because the Elves often actually gave names to their children made up of a combination of the parents' names. So the eldest daughter of Finwë and Indis is in fact called Findis. (She only appears in HoME, not the published Silmarillion.)

I did check a website on baby development before drawing this cartoon, and the level of vocalisation Fëanor is showing here at five days is what you'd expect from a human baby at five months...

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 16:22 (UTC)

Posted by: sister_luck (sister_luck)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 17:52 (UTC)
girl


Happy birthday to you!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 19:14 (UTC)

Thank you!

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 19:39 (UTC)
Celebrate!

Alassëa nosta! (I'm more a Sindarin girl, really, but thought Quenya seemed right this time :) )


but in fact it's entirely coincidental that the cartoon dealing with the birth of Fëanor is posted on my own birthday. :)

Even better...



Edited at 2014-04-14 19:40 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th April 2014 11:59 (UTC)

Hantanyel!

(I had to look that up)

Posted by: mikeda (mikeda)
Posted at: 14th April 2014 22:58 (UTC)

posted on my own birthday

This isn't a signal that you're about to craft three dazzlingly beautiful gemstones which end up causing a whole series of wars is it?

:-)

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th April 2014 12:17 (UTC)

No, I did that last year.

Thanks!

Posted by: Falasta (falasta)
Posted at: 16th April 2014 01:21 (UTC)

I realize I'm in the minority here, but I actually like Feanor!

Actually, let me rephrase. "Like" isn't the right word .. perhaps I might say that I appreciate his complexity. I find Feanor's story to be horribly tragic, and that we only see glimpses of the worst of him at the end, in the Sil. I mean, there had to reasons Nerdanel married him, and all seven of his sons took that oath and followed their father! And Miriel's story and Finwe's remarriage to me is the saddest of all--and, I think, the heart of his unhappiness and the chink through which Melkor was able to spread his malignant darkness.

Plus, I've always felt Feanor's soul was just too big--it's like trying to cage a teenager--eventually it's their natural impulse to break free. It's just tragic it had to happen the way it did.

*End unintentional rant*

I just adore these comics! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 16th April 2014 06:36 (UTC)

Hey, that's a really good point! When I think of Feanor I tend to think of him attacking Fingolfin, his creepy speeches, the Kinslaying and the Helcaraxe business and forget that he must have had a life before that.
Perhaps the Feanor who did those things really was just what was left of a originally much nobler/nicer/bearable person after a long downwards slide fueled by Morgoth.

Yet Galadriel seemed to have always seen 'darkness' in him, was he already too far gone by the time she was around or did she see the 'future darkness' that would consume him?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 16th April 2014 08:35 (UTC)

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 17th April 2014 08:05 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 17th April 2014 09:46 (UTC)

Posted by: Falasta (falasta)
Posted at: 19th April 2014 07:41 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 16th April 2014 08:35 (UTC)

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 17th April 2014 08:11 (UTC)

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