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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 39: The social contract

10th June 2013 (13:33)

If it's not already obvious, in this particular section of the story - about the first Elves - the narration (in capitals) is based on Tolkien's original text while the dialogue (in sentence case) is my own extrapolation. :)

The title is a reference to Hobbes and Rousseau, about how civil society first forms.

Part 39: The social contract

Next time: Part 40: Counting games.

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: 10th June 2013 18:10 (UTC)

So where do they fit in in the hierarchy? Are they numbers 4-16, or by virtue of their superior blondness, 11 through 112?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 10th June 2013 18:30 (UTC)

(For some reason I had to post this reply three times before it actually appeared.)

I like to think of them as 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc, with Imin himself as 1.0. :)

(Though in a never-finished fic I did consider the idea that every Elf who was born thereafter was told their number, until they got to about 3000 or so and lost count:

Their visitor looked at the expressions on both the Dwarf's and Elf's faces, then sighed. "Yes, I really am that old. One thousand, six hundred and seventy-eight, to be exact."

"But that's younger than me!" expostulated Legolas - at which the visitor rolled her eyes.

"No. I was the 1678th Elf to be born." She looked reflective. "They stopped counting after they reached three thousand, at least officially. We - the Noldor, that is - were crazy about naming and numbering and cataloguing and classifying everything in those days: the world all seemed so new to us, and we needed to understand it. The Vanyar thought we were mad, of course. They just wanted to sing songs and bask in the beauty of it all. I don't know now who was right - us or them.")

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 10th June 2013 19:30 (UTC)

For some reason I picture Imin as sounding like Freddie from Scooby-Doo.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 11th June 2013 09:26 (UTC)

I... can't say I do. Or at least not until you mentioned it, now I can't un-hear it. Thanks. :)

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