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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 131 - Wicked stepmother

5th June 2014 (17:13)

A reminder that Fëanor's name means 'spirit of fire' in Quenya, so Fingolfin calling him Flamey seems like a realistic brotherly insult. :)


Part 131: Wicked stepmother


Next time: Part 132: A truth universally acknowledged

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: 5th June 2014 17:19 (UTC)

I'm trying to think of instances of actual fistfights in Tolkien. The one involving the trolls in "The Hobbit" is the only one I can think of. I imagine they happened often between orcs and such, and I'll bet dwarves traded bunches of five on a fairly regular basis... but never involving men and certainly never involving elves.

Tulkas had his wrestling, but I don't think he was a puncher.

I picture elves pinching their opponents on the shoulder, like Spock.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 5th June 2014 17:47 (UTC)

In the 'Book of Lost Tales', when the Valar are arming themselves for the battle against Morgoth, Tulkas's only weapon is a iron gauntlet on his right hand.

Beren and Curufin fight bare-handed: Beren leaps onto Curufin's horse, grabs him around the throat and drags him off it onto the ground, where they wrestle. Beren is about to strangle Curufin when Lúthien tells him to spare his life.

Later on, when Maeglin is trying to murder 7-year-old Eärendil and kidnap Idril, Eärendil bites his hand. Tuor then fights his way through Maeglin's guards and breaks his wrist (the one he was holding a knife in) with his bare hands, then picks him up and hurls him over the battlements of Gondolin's city walls. All of that's condensed in the published Silmarillion to a bare-bones "Tuor fought with Maeglin on the walls, and cast him far out".

In the same battle Ecthelion kills Gothmog, Lord of Balrogs, with a headbutt. Though he does have a metal spike on his helmet, so that might not count...

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 5th June 2014 22:19 (UTC)

Yup. Hate Feanor again. I'm glad liking him was just a temporary phase caused by chibi elf child cuteness.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 6th June 2014 09:20 (UTC)

Aww. He had a hard childhood, he can't help it if he turned out to be flawed. ;)

(The way I see him, and want to at least try to depict him, is that Fëanor is certainly arrogant and self-centred and thinks that it's All About Him; but he is also idealistic, honourable, brilliant, creative and charismatic. To me, he's a tragic hero brought down by his flaws, not a villain.)

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 6th June 2014 10:45 (UTC)

I agree with your interpretation up until the Oath and Alqualonde, then he IS a villain in my opinion.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 6th June 2014 12:04 (UTC)

When I say 'tragic hero', I'm thinking along the lines of Macbeth. Macbeth was a decent, honourable man who ended up as a bloody-handed tyrant ordering the murder of young children - not because he was "evil" as such, but because he found himself trapped in a situation where that seemed to be the only alternative.

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 6th June 2014 13:46 (UTC)

Can't agree with that on Feanor: MacBeth and him are not really comparable. MacBeth was in constant danger to be lynched and often did what he did in order to save his life and that of his family. I can't really see a situation during the Flight where Feanor was in any danger except not getting his way.

I wouldn't call Feanor or MacBeth "heroes", I'd call them "protagonists". Unless we go by the Ancient Greek definition of "hero", Feanor does fit that, as his deeds (good and bad) did survive in song long after he was gone.

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