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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version) - a special supplement

17th December 2013 (01:12)

To help people who are getting confused by all these Elves I keep including, here's a handy identification chart.

Be warned: if you think it's complex now, just wait until all these characters start having families... There's a reason I'm colour-coding the three main groups: Vanyar (blue/white), Noldor (green), Lindar (grey)!

Note: I don't think Indis's relation to Ingwë is ever specifically detailed in canon, only that they were very close kin. She was possibly his niece instead.

Also, please feel free to ask me questions, ask for clarification, ask why I chose to depict something a particular way...


Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 17th December 2013 03:35 (UTC)

I know the New Girl is Lúthien, and I'm going to guess that the New Guy is... Gil-galad?

Legends held that Lenwë founded a very successful clan of football hooligans.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 17th December 2013 11:03 (UTC)

Gil-galad? No. He won't be appearing for... probably about five years of real time, at the present rate.

This Elf is much more famous than that - and I like to think I designed him to look like his mother. :)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 17th December 2013 15:10 (UTC)

Oh, so Fëanor.

The "G" on his brooch threw me.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 17th December 2013 15:12 (UTC)

I think it's meant to be just a spiral pattern, not a letter 'G'.

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 17th December 2013 16:44 (UTC)

Yeah... I guess a "G" monogram would look like half a candelabrum.

And an "F" monogram would be pretty pointless in that family.

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 18th December 2013 10:20 (UTC)

I'd thought Gil-galad would be more famous than Fëanor. He's mentioned quite prominently in LOTR and that's been read by more people than The Silmarillion.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th December 2013 10:32 (UTC)

Hmm. Interesting point. Still, I think that within Middle-earth everybody and his dog will have heard of Fëanor, but Gil-galad will be more obscure.

Not to mention that the book I'm adapting here is called the Silmarillion...

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 18th December 2013 10:14 (UTC)


Will be be getting a chart for all the "Fin" elves later in the story?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th December 2013 10:23 (UTC)

Almost certainly, once I get a critical mass of new characters. The Seven Sons of Fëanor will definitely have at least one dedicated to introducing them all.

There's also this which I made last year:

I've changed the design of some of the chibis since then, but you can see the origins of many of the ones I'm using now.

Posted by: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 23rd December 2013 22:30 (UTC)

Luthien is very recognizable! And I was thinking that might be Feanor before you said it (though I wasn't confident, with the number of dark-haired Noldor).

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 24th December 2013 01:58 (UTC)

Thanks! I tried to include all the important details for Lúthien -

Her robe was blue as summer skies
but grey as evening were her eyes,
Her mantle sewn with lilies fair
but dark as shadow was her hair.

Though I suspect I won't include the detail of flowers springing from the earth around her feet as she walks; that's a bit too mythical for me. :)

For Fëanor - it's true, there's not much distinctive about his image there. It's more a matter of, "Which Elves would I have created chibis for in advance?" Especially given the big Clue that I've already created a Nerdanel chibi as well!

This version of him might have been easier to guess:

Edited at 2013-12-24 01:58 (UTC)

Posted by: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 24th December 2013 02:12 (UTC)

Ooh, shiny . . . *stares at silmarils* This part is interesting, but I admit I'm really looking forward to the Princes of the Eldalie. I want to see all the chibi Finweans running around and arguing with each other and wreaking havoc.

Though maybe the sword should be in his right hand? Looks like the image got flipped or something.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 24th December 2013 02:21 (UTC)

Well spotted! /o\

Obviously the chibis often get flipped for the cartoons, but I need to remember that some of them aren't symmetrical! I had great "fun" with the First Six Elves, if you remember, with those numbers on their shirts...

I'd have covered by saying all Elves are ambidextrous, but that doesn't work considering the whole Maedhros thing.

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