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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 60: Gardening leave

29th August 2013 (12:09)

Semi-obscure trivia: the Sindarin word for nightingale is 'Tinúviel'. Foreshadowing! Also, I managed to find a way to fit in the Mairon-Gothmog scene I mentioned earlier. :)


Part 60: Gardening leave

Next time: Part 61: Battle plans

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: 29th August 2013 12:14 (UTC)
K Baby pic

I am slowly turning to the dark side as Gothmog becomes my hero...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th August 2013 13:35 (UTC)

I think his final words (I assume you're familiar with how he eventually dies, from the 'Book of Lost Tales'?) will be something like, "Seriously? Are you kidding me---urk."

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 29th August 2013 12:22 (UTC)

And now the underground level theme from Super Mario Bros is playing in my head...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th August 2013 13:33 (UTC)

Personally the artwork for the cellar reminds me more of Ultima, circa the V or VI era. :)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 29th August 2013 14:46 (UTC)

Is it canon that Melian stayed in Middle Earth to help the plants grow, or is that speculation?

If one Maia gives off that much light, Thingol must have had to wear sunglasses to bed.

Poor Sauron/Mairon... he gets no respect. I wonder if Melkor ever yelled at him to put that damned video camera away.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th August 2013 16:54 (UTC)

It's conflating two ideas. The presence of the Valar in Beleriand did start plant life growing there after the long darkness, so even before the Sun and Moon rose it was already a lush and fertile land. Also, it's canon that Thingol found Melian in a grove of 'young trees' which grew tall and old around them as they stood entranced.

However, the idea that Melian stayed behind specifically to tend the growing plants was my own. In canon, she simply wanted to visit Middle-earth, and travelled there even before the War of the Valar. (As I hinted back in #32.)

I think the light of the Two Trees, and by extension of the Valar (and the Noldor who returned from Valinor) is bright in a spiritual and holy sense rather than literally dazzling. :) But still:

"Though Elwë had greatly desired to see again the light of the Trees, in the face of Melian the fair he beheld the Light of Aman as in an unclouded mirror, and in that light he was content."
- The Grey Annals

In the First Age Sauron got bitch-slapped by Lúthien's pet dog. He deserves no respect. :)

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 30th August 2013 09:38 (UTC)
No Chorus this time, sorry.

Melian's daughter obviously inherited some of her mother's light, since plants grew where she walked. (Is there a gene for "having seen the light of the Two Trees", or was inheritance Lamarkian rather than genetic before the Change of the World?)

And talking of that "pet dog", are we going to see "Huan, the great hound of war whom long ago the Valar unleashed" in this, the war where they unleashed him? I bet he bit the heads off dozens of Balrogs with his bare teeth in the recent attack on Angband!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 2nd September 2013 15:00 (UTC)
Re: No Chorus this time, sorry.

Where does that quote come from? I've been looking, but can't find any reference to Huan's earlier days beyond the fact that Oromë gave him to Celegorm.

And apparently there's this in the Lay of Leithian:

In Tavros’ friths and pastures green
Had Huan once a young whelp been.
He grew the swiftest of the swift,
And Oromë gave him as a gift

But that implies that Huan was only a puppy when Oromë gave him to Celegorm.

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 7th September 2013 06:35 (UTC)
Re: No Chorus this time, sorry.

It's from "Of Beren and Luthien" in The Silmarillion. (Page 216 in my edition.) The full quote in context is "Rumour of he knew not what designs abroad among the princes of the Elves had come to Morgoth, and ever down the aisles of the forest was heard the baying of Huan, the great hound of war whom long ago the Valar unleashed. Then Morgoth recalled the doom of Huan, and he chose one from among his whelps of the race of Draugluin..."

I'm only conjecturing that this was the war in which the Valar unleashed him, but there don't seem to be many other options!

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