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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 2: Valaquenta

21st January 2013 (15:18)
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Here's the second installment of my re-telling of the Silmarillion using cute Japanese anime-style cartoon figures. This time: I sum up the Valaquenta by giving each Vala the chance to tell us a little bit about their hopes and dreams. :)

Part 2: Valaquenta

Next time: Part 3: Ainulindalë

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!


Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 21st January 2013 15:45 (UTC)

Heh. These are brilliant. I wish I'd had this handy when I tried reading The Silmarillion.

Funny how giving characters free will translates as all of them picking their own individual niche. When I'm god, I won't have one angel wanting to bring light to the humans/rule the skies and oceans/pick ticks off deer - I'll have two and let them fight each other for my approval.

Also, should I be worried that the lord of the sky doesn't seem to be wearing pants? He's not Scottish, is he?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 21st January 2013 15:55 (UTC)

Depending on how far I get, you can read these instead of the Silmarillion!

(Though I'm not sure I'd ever be able to plough through something like, say, the 'Tale of the Children of Húrin' like this...)

Tolkien's God believes in clearly-defined hierarchy and everybody knowing their rightful place, unfortunately. He's certainly not a zealot for the free market.
(In fact, getting serious for a moment: Melkor was given a small part of the power of every other Vala. Look how well that turned out.

Manwë is wearing a classic angelic robe, coloured sky-blue. Unfortunately, the wind is lifting the hem of it, Marilyn-style...

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 21st January 2013 20:15 (UTC)
Flying monkeys

the wind is lifting the hem of it, Marilyn-style...

It would, though, wouldn't it? :P

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 21st January 2013 20:30 (UTC)

Only if he wanted it to!

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 21st January 2013 17:32 (UTC)

Varda looks smoking hot in her Versace dress, and less than impressed with her husband's fashion choices. :-)

I wonder if the other Valar tried to get Nienna and Ulmo together at parties?

Tulkas and Nessa are just the kind of young newlywed couple you see out jogging in matching outfits.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 21st January 2013 17:50 (UTC)

Looking at the picture, I can see I did actually draw Varda standing further away from her husband than the other couples... Purely coincidental, unless it was actually my subconscious making me do it.

It's possible that Nienna was meant to be paired up with Melkor, and that's why she mopes around crying all the time.

Ulmo never goes to parties. :) ("He is alone. ... he went seldom to the councils of the Valar".) Maybe he got fed up with everybody trying to matchmake between him and Emo Girl?

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 21st January 2013 20:18 (UTC)
Meek moon

I have wondered whether Nienna was meant to be paired with Melkor, too.

Now to add this to the other one in my memories...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 21st January 2013 20:42 (UTC)

It works quite well, doesn't it?

Both Melkor and Nienna are characterised in the Valaquenta as 'mightiest' or 'mightier'. Nienna became 'acquainted with grief' during the singing of the Ainulindalë, because she became horrified at what Melkor was doing and mourned for what was lost.

And now she wanders Valinor alone and grieving - and her home is built right on the far edge, with windows looking towards the Outer Void where Melkor was banished.

Posted by: mikeda (mikeda)
Posted at: 28th January 2013 13:47 (UTC)

The Scoobies meet chibi-Melkor...

Willow: He--he's so cute!

Xander: Who's a little dark lord? Come on! Who's a little dark lord?

Giles: Don't taunt.

Xander: Why, can he hurt me?

Giles: Well, actually yes.


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