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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 130 - A new family

2nd June 2014 (12:50)

The fact that I'm showing adult chibis for Fingolfin and Finarfin here doesn't mean that they grew to adulthood instantaneously with no intervening period of childhood. :)

As a design note: Fingolfin has his father's hair, but wears the blue and white clothing associated with the Vanyar. Finarfin has his mother's hair, and wears the green and white associated with the Noldor. Both chibis therefore show their mixed heritage as children of Finwë and Indis. Fëanor has black hair and wears green because he's a pure-blooded member of the Noldorin race (not that I'm, you know, implying that he's a fascist or anything.)

I described Elvish naming customs back in #116: but as a reminder - most Elves in this era have two names: a father-name given by the father and a mother-name given by the mother. Father-names tend to follow a common pattern within a family - Finwë's three sons have the father-names Curufinwë, Nolofinwë and Arafinwë - while mother-names are more unique and personalised. Many Noldor also later acquired a translation of their name into Sindarin - which is where 'Fingolfin' and 'Finarfin' come in. Using these names already in these cartoons is, strictly speaking, anachronistic; but it's the name they're usually known by, and the name used in the Silmarillion, so I'm also using their Sindarin names from the start.

(Also, from a Doylist point of view: Tolkien gave the name 'Fingolfin' to Finwë's second son in the 1930s, used that name in most of his stories and essays, and only decided that his original Quenya name was Nolofinwë Arakáno in the 1950s. Same for most of the other characters.)


Part 130: A new family


Next time: Part 131: Wicked stepmother

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: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 2nd June 2014 14:26 (UTC)
cheerful

Yay, it's the rest of the children of Finwe! I was so confused when I encountered Findis and Irime in fanfic for the first time. I was like "Wait, Finwe has daughters? When did that happen?"

So, I think two sons and two daughters counts as "lots," doesn't it?

Just wait, Indis. ;)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 2nd June 2014 14:57 (UTC)

Just wait, Indis.

I can't help wondering if the reason why Fëanor had seven sons is because he saw how many children his half-brothers had, and just HAD to outdo them...

According to the genealogy tables in the Silmarillion, Finwë had 18 children and grandchildren of whom 16 were men and the other two were, well, kind of butch. The testosterone runs strong in the House of Finwë.

Findis and Irimë only redress the balance a little. :)

Posted by: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 2nd June 2014 15:06 (UTC)
books

I can't help wondering if the reason why Fëanor had seven sons is because he saw how many children his half-brothers had, and just HAD to outdo them...

I believe that's a popular theory in fandom.

Wow, I'd never thought of adding them up that way. Seriously, Tolkien!

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 2nd June 2014 14:53 (UTC)

To their great relief, Findis and Irimë played no part in the story to come.

FINDIS: "I just wish Nienna and Vána would stop using my name to refer to my parents' ship, whatever that is. Also... fanfic? Does that mean people will write stories about Irimë and I..."

FINDIS & IRIME: "Ewwwwww!!!!!"

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 2nd June 2014 15:02 (UTC)

I don't think anybody has written that particular pairing, but you never know.

(Though by mentioning Findis/Irimë at all, you've probably called into existence a website dedicated to that particular pairing...)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 2nd June 2014 15:46 (UTC)

I'm just amazed there is a body of fanfic dedicated to such obscure characters in the first place.

Don't tell me... there's kinky S&M fanfic out there starring Thuringwethil, isn't there?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 2nd June 2014 17:07 (UTC)

I have, in fact, seen Thuringwethil/Lúthien femslash on the Internet. :)

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