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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 30: Cursing the darkness

9th May 2013 (11:14)

On to Chapter Three of the Silmarillion!

Incidentally, according to 'The Book of Lost Tales' Manwë and Varda do have an actual palace on top of Taniquetil, with blue and white marble walls and a watchtower. They don't just stand on the mountain peak all day long. :)

Part 30: Cursing the darkness

Next time: Part 31: Lighting a candle

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: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 9th May 2013 12:07 (UTC)
Misty trees

I foresee a lightbulb moment...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 9th May 2013 13:19 (UTC)

I foresee lots of puns about song lyrics involving stars...

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 9th May 2013 17:45 (UTC)

Varda: Electrician of Heaven and inventor of Glow Sticks.

And meanwhile, Yavanna went home and basically said "nyah nyah" to Aulë about her Ents.

Tolkien didn't create a lot of female characters, but the ones he did certainly weren't passive damsels.

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 9th May 2013 18:21 (UTC)

And Aulë responds with a great little punchline, that Stephen's skipped for some reason. Hope it's going to be included in a later post...?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 9th May 2013 19:57 (UTC)

Afraid not, because I've already spent several weeks on a four-page chapter of the book and wanted to move on. Varda and Manwë's conversation in the first panel here is there to summarise the last few paragraphs of Chapter Two, rather than give an entire strip to wrapping things up.

I might have Yavanna and Aulë teasing each other about eagles and dwarves later on, though, if it fits, as a background conversation.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 9th May 2013 20:05 (UTC)

Re-reading the Silmarillion and Book of Lost Tales in order to create these, I was actually surprised and impressed by how proactive Yavanna really is. I hadn't realised just how much it's her who drives things forward after Melkor breaks the Lamps.

She's always the loudest voice calling for retaliation against Melkor; the Two Trees were her idea; she's the Vala who spends most time returning to Middle-earth in secret to resist Melkor's destructiveness.

I wanted to portray Varda in a sympathetic light too - since she's the Elves' favourite Vala she must have a lot going for her - but until this point she's been fairly passive. That's why I went with the idea that she was in shock for a long time after the Lamps were destroyed. Here in today's comic she's feeling a little guilty that Yavanna has been doing more to help Middle-earth than she has, which finally pushes her into action.

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 9th May 2013 19:05 (UTC)

So basically, Varda's going to pull off a star trick into darkness?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 9th May 2013 20:06 (UTC)

Out of darkness, more like. :)

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