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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 49: Biodiversity

15th July 2013 (14:41)

Coming up for the half century!

One of my favourite bits in 'The History of Middle Earth' was the revelation that Melkor got bored halfway through creating the Orcs, and delegated the task to someone else. Who? Guess...

Part 49: Biodiversity

Next time: Part 50: Say hello to my little friends

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: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 15th July 2013 13:49 (UTC)

Aww, poor Elves. :-(

Here's a question, though... when the souls of the Elves Melkor killed started showing up in the Halls of Mandos, wouldn't that have alerted the Valar to the fact that the Elves were out there, even before Oromë found them?

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 15th July 2013 14:06 (UTC)

IIRC dead Elves' souls don't automatically pop up in the Halls of Mandos. They have to make their own way there (or at least actively choose to go there.) And if the dead Elves don't know about it yet, they're stuck in Middle Earth.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th July 2013 14:53 (UTC)

There are a few references to the 'Summons of Mandos', where Námo called the souls of dead Elves to gather in his halls. It's possible to refuse the summons - although this means defying the will of the Valar - and in effect wander Middle-earth as a ghost.

According to the account in Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth, Námo didn't issue this summons until after the Valar decided to go to war with Melkor.

Death took the Valar by surprise; it wasn't in the original plans for Elves from the Music, but was caused by Melkor marring the world. As such, it's possible that at first they didn't realise that the ghosts wandering around were the souls of dead Elves, but imagined them to be some sort of phantom made by Melkor.

Or possibly, Námo actually was the first of the Valar to realise the Elves had arrived, but he didn't tell anybody else. He's famous for being tight-lipped, after all. :)

Or maybe Melkor didn't kill any of the Elves he experimented on; instead he kept them alive. Or alternatively, none of their souls could escape from Utumno - 'Utumno' translates as 'Hell', after all.

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 15th July 2013 17:45 (UTC)
Jedi Kermit

Hmm - I wonder who he could possibly be thinking of....

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 16th July 2013 01:35 (UTC)

I can't imagine. :)

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