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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 144 - Signs and Portents

25th July 2014 (00:14)

Spot the reference to a famous early-90s TV science fiction show. :)


Part 144: Signs and Portents


Next time: Part 145: One golden hair

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: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 25th July 2014 00:00 (UTC)

Don't know if I can agree that Finarfin would be so welcoming of Melkor... didn't he spend most of his time with the Teleri anyway?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th July 2014 00:23 (UTC)

It's less that Finarfin is happy with Melkor, as that he's annoyed with Fëanor's rudeness... But it does say that of all the Noldor, only Fëanor rejected Melkor's help.

I'm pretty sure Finarfin and Eärwen lived in Tirion, not Alqualondë?

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 25th July 2014 00:39 (UTC)

Ah I see, still that's funny that Galadriel would have seen the darkness in Feanor, but not in Melkor.
It's never explicitly stated where Finarfin and Earwen lived, just it's mentioned somewhere (I think the Shibboleth of Feanor perhaps) that Finarfin met Earwen because he often fled Tirion and the quarrel between Feanor and Fingolfin and spend most of his time with Olwe's sons and the Teleri.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th July 2014 11:58 (UTC)

Melkor was trying to hide it, but Fëanor was proud of who and what he was?

I found the reference you mentioned, but I think it can be read as Finarfin going to stay with his wife's parents when he needed a break from the politics of Tirion rather than him actually living with the Teleri. Certainly he's in Tirion during the Oath, and marches with the Noldor rather than being in Alqualondë when Fëanor comes calling.

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 25th July 2014 16:07 (UTC)

Good point! And he was still one of the mightiest beings in Ea.

Nah I never read it as Finarfin permanently living in Alqualonde, but simply spending a lot of time there. In my personal headcanon he and Earwen had their own dwelling halfway between the two cities.
And the Oath was sworn at a time of crisis (the realm had been darkened and Finwe had been slain) so it would be natural for all his descendants to gather if nothing else then to decide who would become king and Fingolfin would have wanted Finarfin to be present for that debate and support his claim.

Posted by: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 25th July 2014 00:11 (UTC)
tolkien

Reference spotted. Morgoth as Mr. Morden?

Just seeing Morgoth on the same page as certain other characters makes me sad, because of later plot events. :(

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th July 2014 00:27 (UTC)

In the land of Mordor Angband where the Shadows and the Vorlons lie. :)


For some reason I have a picture stuck in my head of Nerdanel serving tea and biscuits to Melkor in her front parlour, and apologising that her husband is too busy to come and talk to him...

Posted by: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 25th July 2014 18:22 (UTC)
books

B5 has enough Tolkien references, so I think it's entirely fair to borrow things the other way.

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 26th July 2014 15:03 (UTC)

Interesting how far Melkor has gone along the path evil. He started out by getting other people to sing his own songs, but now he considers that sort of small scale villainy beneath him...

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