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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 224 - Leadership contest

26th June 2015 (19:19)

Had to do some last-minute sorting out since I seemed to have duplicated a cartoon, but instead i'd saved over the same one twice. :(

We see three of Fingolfin's four children here. Argon is off doing his own thing, presumably. This is not foreshadowing. :)

Part 224: Leadership contest



Next time: Part 225: Move 'em out!

Chibis by the now-dead website formerly known as 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: hhimring (hhimring)
Posted at: 28th June 2015 22:34 (UTC)

They're not only moving an entire cityful of people, they're moving them in the pitch-dark.
I'm getting nervous. Presumably you've already figured out how to handle what's coming up soon...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th June 2015 00:41 (UTC)

Actually it's not pitch dark. There's starlight - or at least there is after Manwë's winds have blown away the gloom and fog left by Ungoliant, which might take a while. I assume elves can see in starlight almost as well as humans can see in daylight.


Presumably you've already figured out how to handle what's coming up soon...

My main concern is how to work Galadriel into the story, given that Tolkien had at least three mutually-contradictory accounts of her involvement in those events!

I actually do have a storyline sketched out for her that would reconcile that; but it would essentially mean devoting several cartoons to what would, in effect, be 'missing scene' fanfic.

Posted by: salazar_quinn (salazar_quinn)
Posted at: 29th June 2015 14:19 (UTC)
character dies

This is perfect. Like, possibly I am being influenced by the fact that I always enjoy seeing people stick it to Feanor and I am down for Fingolfin any time, any place, 25/7, but this is PERFECT. I want to read it like five times.

(I think I've been kind of quiet lately. I should apologize for that. It's just that sometimes I can't think of anything to say, and while I'm sure you wouldn't object to an endless stream of 'this is amazing! again!'s, I'd start to feel like an idiot eventually. XD)

On another note, I would be totally down for your 'missing scene fanfic'. You are always entertaining - and I mean that in the highbrow way as well as the lowbrow way - and I don't have to be particularly invested in the actual characters to enjoy the panels. (As evidenced by the fact that I am still enjoying this tremendously even though the focus has moved from Valar to Elves: I don't care about Elves unless they're Fingolfin.) But even if you don't decide to do it (and it might be too late to work it in now, idk), will you at least give us a basic rundown of your theory if you're not planning a fic-fic like the Nerdanel/Feanor one? Trying to sort out which elements of Galadriel's backstory I subscribe to always gives me a headache and I would super happy if someone else did the work for me. :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th June 2015 15:25 (UTC)

Thank you. :)

I generally prepare these cartoons in advance so I've got two to six in hand at any one time (sometimes I do run out of them). I've not got as far as Alqualondë yet.

I'll certainly involve Galadriel in the story; the question is more how long (how many panels) to spend on her part in it, given that it's fanfic.

For the record, though, I have decided that in my version of the story:

Amrod will survive Losgar.
Galadriel will do things at Alqualondë that she's later deeply ashamed of, but she won't commit anything that would meet the modern definition of 'war crime'.
Celeborn is a Sinda of Doriath, not a Teler of Alqualondë.

Posted by: Phil Boswell (phil_boswell)
Posted at: 30th June 2015 14:06 (UTC)

My understanding, the source of which I am fuzzy about right now, is that Galadriel actually stepped in at Alqualondë to defend the Teleri against her fellow Noldor. Does that fit with your plans?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 30th June 2015 17:59 (UTC)

Yes, that's the plan. The problem is reconciling it with (a) the fact that she was one of the most enthusiastic ringleaders in the plan to go to Middle-earth, (b) the fact that she fell under the Ban of the Valar, and felt tremendous guilt and shame for her deeds such that she refused to return to Aman (c) the fact that she was allowed to accompany the Noldor on their journey after alqualondë, which would be strange if she'd just been fighting them!

From a Doylist perspective, I think the problem is that late in life, Tolkien grew uncomfortable at the idea of his 'good guy' characters having been involved in the Kinslaying, and rewrote the stories to give them a more creditable role in events - but that led to inconsistencies.

As for what I'm planning, this is unfortunately only a fragmentary piece, not a full story, but it gives an idea of the flavour:




Maedhros gave a concise report to his father – it seemed the majority of the ships had been secured – then looked over to her in surprise.

"Oh, hi, Nerwen. What are you doing here?" He usually used her mother-name, perhaps because he and most of his brothers did the same with their own.

"She's fighting us, apparently" replied his father, with dry wit. Maedhros gave a double take, stared with new eyes at her blood-stained sword.

Galadriel's reply was icy. "Your people were slaughtering indiscriminately. Anyone with honour would have defended the innocent."

"No, that's not right! We came for the ships, we didn't attack the town!" Maedhros was troubled but his father overrode him.

"We attacked the people who tried to stop us. We swore to show no mercy to those who stand in our way. And now we have what we came for, you say?"

"Yes, father. The ships are ready to cast off as soon as we're all on board."

"Then let us go on board." Fëanor raised his sword to Galadriel in an ironic salute. "Can we offer you passage on our ships, my lady, or do you prefer to remain here as a slave of the Valar?"

"I would prefer to travel in the company of my father and brothers, thank you very much. Their camp probably does not smell so much of blood."

"Blood is a smell we'll all have to get used to before this war is over. But, as you wish. You may tag along in our wake if you prefer."

She stood on the docks and watched the white ships sail, one by one, out through the arch of living rock at the harbour mouth. The wind had been rising, and white foam burst over the side of the quay even here in the sheltered port. It smelled of salt and tears, and the surging of the waves and sucking of the undertow moaned and sighed as if the sea itself were crying.

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