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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 35: Queen of the stars

27th May 2013 (15:04)

Say goodbye to the Valar here; the next few comics won't be about them. :)

The constellations Varda's shown designing are those Tolkien gave Elvish names to which are identifiable by us: Telumehtar = Orion, Soronumë = Aquila, Wilwarin ('the Butterfly' in Quenya) = Cassiopeia, and Valacirya = Ursa Major. Plus Crux is there as a tribute to New Zealand. :)




Part 35: Queen of the stars



Next time: Part 36: Awakening

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!

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Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 27th May 2013 20:53 (UTC)
Starlight trees

She's right - a sickle really is much cooler...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 27th May 2013 21:37 (UTC)

Exactly! It's probably the most obvious constellation in the northern sky (except maybe Orion) and people want to call it the Big Dipper? :)

Posted by: mikeda (mikeda)
Posted at: 29th May 2013 12:08 (UTC)

At first, however, the elves kept calling it the "axe-thing". This irritated Varda...

:-)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th May 2013 13:23 (UTC)

Heh. This would depend on whether the primitive Eldar first invented forestry or agriculture. :) Didn't they learn how to make axes from the Dwarves?

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 28th May 2013 16:33 (UTC)

Was the constellation Gemini originally called "The Two Fingers", also as a message to Melkor? (That might have been Yavanna's request.)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th May 2013 23:35 (UTC)

Heh. Surprisingly I don't think Tolkien ever went into detail about the sort of rude gestures made by Elves and Valar. :)

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