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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 25: Man's dominion

22nd April 2013 (13:19)

The title is another Biblical reference, this time to Genesis 1:26: " And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Sadly I couldn't think of anything interesting for the title of the episode after this, to be published on Thursday (in which Yavanna goes to Manwë to complain). Suggestions welcome. :)

Part 25: Man's dominion

Next time: Part 26: Environmentalism (working title)

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: 22nd April 2013 14:47 (UTC)

And just wait until she finds out about carnivorous animals and parasitical plants. (Or do those all belong to Melkor? Even the cute ones, like foxes and Venus flytraps?)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 22nd April 2013 16:07 (UTC)

I do think parasites would be Melkor's work. On the other hand, the Valar seem quite happy with the idea of hunting and killing animals (Oromë does it all the time).

As such, I think Yavanna wouldn't have a problem with the predator-prey relationship in itself, as long as it was part of the natural order. What she objects to is senseless killing and despoiling nature without paying it any respect - and she's afraid that mortals* will be corrupted by Melkor and do just that.

*using that term here to include Elves, since they can die even if they usually come back again.

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 22nd April 2013 15:09 (UTC)

Can't wait until Yavanna gets a look at the Entwives.

"Now I know where Aulë gets it from! Can't you have them wear pink bows in their branches, or something?"

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 22nd April 2013 16:13 (UTC)

Hmm... I always imagined Entwives as looking distinctly different to Ents - more like shrubs and bushes than the great forest trees. For that matter, Treebeard tells Merry and Pippin they used to have blonde hair and rosy cheeks, though that may be false memory after so many thousands of years. :)

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