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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 68: RSVP

26th September 2013 (18:42)

I've seen different versions of what the Máhanaxar looks like, but I've always envisaged it as being very simple, like a Norse or Celtic gathering-place, or even more primeval. A grassy circle in the open air, bathed in the light of the Two Trees, surrounded by banked earthworks in concentric circles where the thrones of the Valar are set. (And the Maiar who are present stand on the outer circles.) Kind of like a natural amphitheatre, or (*waves to curiouswombat*) like an inverted and rather larger Tynwald Hill.

Námo presumably means 'doomed' in the old sense of 'fated' or 'predestined' rather than 'bound to end in disaster'. Though having said that...




Part 68: RSVP


Next time: Part 69: Return to sender

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: 26th September 2013 19:31 (UTC)
notes from a small island

Oh - I do like the idea of the Máhanaxar being like an inverted Tynwald hill!

I had visualised it a bit like the cloisters of a monastery or cathedral - basically a circle of stone arches around grass - but your version is even better.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 26th September 2013 20:56 (UTC)

I think it's the sound of the name 'Mahanaxar' - it somehow sounds primitive and primeval. It's not at all like Latin, so it's pre-Roman and pre-Christian.

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 27th September 2013 10:23 (UTC)

I'd always pictured it as just a large circle of trees surrounding an open space. (Or failing that, maybe something like Stonehenge.) But yeah, like you said, something "primitive and primeval". Your version's a good one.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 27th September 2013 11:15 (UTC)

Stonehenge, or somewhere similar like Avebury or a prehistoric round barrow; yes, exactly.

Not sure about trees though. References to the Máhanaxar almost always mention that it's close to the Two Trees, and having other, lesser trees around as well seems kind of blasphemous. :)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 30th September 2013 14:31 (UTC)

I think Estë is just showing off, falling asleep under the brightest thing in the world.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 30th September 2013 20:04 (UTC)

Her eyes are closed! :)

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