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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 262 - You're not serious

7th January 2016 (16:30)

The description of the Helcaraxë in the published Silmarillion is fairly mundane, making it sound more like the Bering Straits. But the description in the Ambarkanta that Tolkien wrote in the 1930s is much more metal, so I've gone with it here. Plus, it makes sense in a flat world.


    Part 262 You're not serious



    Next time: Part 263: Crossing the ice

    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!

    Partially-frozen Niagara Falls. Now imagine the water pouring over the edge of a flat earth into the void, and freezing in the cold of space.

    Comments

    Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
    Posted at: 7th January 2016 19:47 (UTC)

    Wait, does this mean the Great Turtle is endothermic?

    Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
    Posted at: 8th January 2016 13:47 (UTC)

    There's currently no Sun in the solar system. Not even a small one that orbits between the elephants' legs.

    Posted by: engarian (engarian)
    Posted at: 7th January 2016 19:55 (UTC)
    Waterfall

    Ooooh! I've always loved frozen waterfalls ...

    - Erulisse (one L)

    Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
    Posted at: 8th January 2016 13:47 (UTC)

    At this point I doubt that Fingolfin and co share your love. :)

    Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
    Posted at: 7th January 2016 20:45 (UTC)
    Cold

    Sometimes I find myself wondering why they didn't just stay at home...

    Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
    Posted at: 8th January 2016 13:48 (UTC)

    They're exiled now. There's no going back.

    Posted by: goldenusagi (goldenusagi)
    Posted at: 8th January 2016 00:00 (UTC)

    I've been wondering about Helcaraxë ever since I saw this, lol.

    Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
    Posted at: 8th January 2016 13:51 (UTC)

    Well, the 'official' version is just a frozen sea with lots of ice floes, which occasionally crack or grind together. Crossing it is rather like walking from Canada to Russia over the North Pole, which is certainly a major achievement, but has actually been done in our world.

    Posted by: MrTeufel (mrteufel)
    Posted at: 10th January 2016 08:35 (UTC)

    Hi. Just want to say I'm still following your story!

    Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
    Posted at: 11th January 2016 04:34 (UTC)

    \o/

    Posted by: Phil Boswell (phil_boswell)
    Posted at: 11th January 2016 09:10 (UTC)
    Where's all the water coming from?
    pedantry

    If it's spilling over the edge, how's it being recycled? Does somewhere have really, really heavy rain?

    Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
    Posted at: 11th January 2016 10:37 (UTC)
    Re: Where's all the water coming from?

    Good question! I think the answer, at least in Tolkien's earlier work, is that the entire world is englobed in Vaiya, the Enfolding Ocean which washes against the Walls of Night above, below and around Arda. I think springs of water from which rivers flow, as well as clouds and rain, come from that.

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