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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 88: Mind the ...! Oops.

12th December 2013 (17:03)

So why didn't Ulmo wait for the rest of the Elves? It's not like they're not all immortal, so waiting a few years won't harm anyone.

I had an idea yesterday for the first meeting of Nerdanel and Fëanor and created a bunch of cartoons showing it; which is a bit awkward since it'll probably be next year before we get that far in the story, and I still have to deal with all the intervening events...

Trouble is, all the stories diverge now. I've left Elwë lost in the woods, the Vanyar and Noldor are off to Valinor, the Teleri are going to do their own thing shortly too. I'm still wondering whether it's best to flip between the different story strands, or follow one through to a logical stopping place in one arc over several weeks, then go back to pick up the next arc?
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(In case it's not clear, Ulmo's *sigh* is a response to Ossë and Uinen.)


Part 88: Mind the ...! Ooops



Next time: Part 89: We are sailing.

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: creepinjeeper (creepinjeeper)
Posted at: 12th December 2013 18:11 (UTC)

I was wondering what you were thinking of doing when the story starts to diverge. Maybe something like they did for Two Towers? Just a thought.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th December 2013 18:51 (UTC)

Book or film? Because I think they did it differently there, with the film cross-cutting a lot more between the two stories than the book did.

At the moment I'm leaning towards keeping story-arcs together as far as possible, but maybe switch over at cliffhangers. (Míriel telling Finwë she's pregnant might be a good moment to leave the Noldor-in-Valinor story, for instance). I just worry that if I leave a particular story strand untouched for too long people will forget what was happening.

(Though that begs the question as to how many people reading this don't already know the Silmarillion's story by heart. I think there are a couple at least, assuming they're still following.)

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 13th December 2013 19:38 (UTC)

It depends what you mean by "know it by heart". I still get muddled up with all those "Fin..." elves. They all just merge into one in my mind. (Except Finwë of course, but then he's really one of the "...wë" elves whose name just happens to begin with "Fin".)

Anyway, your idea of switching storylines on cliffhangers sounds like a good one. You can always include a link back to the post with the previous bit of that storyline if you're worried people will forget what was happening.


Edited at 2013-12-13 19:41 (UTC)

Posted by: creepinjeeper (creepinjeeper)
Posted at: 17th December 2013 18:38 (UTC)

I was thinking about the way the film was done. So you don't forget about one arc while another is moving.

My thinking on that is so that one timeline doesn't get too far ahead of another that would be happening at the same time. But switching cliffhangers does seem like a good choice.

I like the idea of a link back for reference.

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 12th December 2013 18:21 (UTC)

Ulmo: "I'm not sure how much longer we can keep the island afloat."

Finwë: "Well, that makes me feel much better about using it to cross all the way back across the sea, with several thousand of us standing on it this time."

Uinen: "Don't worry... if it sinks, the Kraken and several huge whales will be there waiting for you."

Finwë: "..."

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th December 2013 18:46 (UTC)

If it worked for Jonah...

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