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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 96: Rescue party

27th January 2014 (18:17)

It was a little tricky deciding which Vala would be the patron of medicine, but I settled on Estë since she is the "healer of hurts and of weariness".

I also assume the Elves were a little too much in awe of the Valar to just ask them "Hey, go back and fetch the rest of us, can't you?" until after many years in Valinor...


Part 96: Rescue party



Next time: Part 97: Last 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: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 27th January 2014 23:04 (UTC)
tolkien

Hmm. Indis says "I didn't think anybody could become sick here," but the Elves can't get sick at all, can they?

Oh, and if the Elves were having children before they went to Valinor (as the first three couples gave birth to Ingwe, etc. in this version) would they still be confused by pregnancy?

I can see how the Valar might be confused, if they haven't been paying close attention to what animals do or if they expect the Children of Iluvatar to be different. Presumably Yavanna at least understands that living things reproduce, even if the Valar haven't personally seen pregnant or baby Elves yet . . .

Edited at 2014-01-27 23:09 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th January 2014 00:19 (UTC)

Darn it, you saw through my subtle hints about what's happening to Míriel! ;)


Actually, in one version of the story (in HoME), Fëanor was the first baby ever born. Ever.

However, that didn't fit with the alternative idea of the Elves growing from the original 144 to three mighty hosts before they ever left Cuiviénen - so I'm going with the alternative idea that he was the first baby to be conceived and born in Valinor under the light of the Trees. Still impressive enough.

It's possible the Elves are confused because in Valinor, a pregnancy will last 1,296 months (nine times 144). Or not, depending on how you think the Valinor Time Distortion Effect works. ;)


As for the Valar, everything about Elves is strange and new and exciting for them. The Music was quite vague about the Children though, so they're hazy on the details. Yavanna might well have a better understanding, though. And she might even be sarcastic about it to the other Valar...


the Elves can't get sick at all, can they?

Heh. Good catch. Though they can wither away and die of grief, and they'll presumably have seen sick animals while out hunting, and they do have the concept of 'healers'... so maybe I can get away with them at least having a concept of sickness. ;)

(Is it all Elves who never get sick, or only the Calaquendi?)

Posted by: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 28th January 2014 01:14 (UTC)

Actually, in one version of the story (in HoME), Fëanor was the first baby ever born. Ever.

Oh, interesting. I've only read parts of HoMe, and I'm not deeply familiar with it. The attention he got from that would probably make him even more insufferable . . .

1,296 months?? Yikes! D: No wonder Miriel was exhausted, if it happened that way! I'm going to choose not to follow that interpretation, because it just seems cruel and unusual. I admit that Valinor time confuses me, so I try not to think about it too much.

The Music was quite vague about the Children though, so they're hazy on the details.

Oh, that's true. I'd forgotten. It's almost kind of adorable, that the Valar would be amazed by everything the Elves do.

(Is it all Elves who never get sick, or only the Calaquendi?)

Well, if you look in the chapter "Of Men" in the Silm, it's pretty clearly talking about all Elves and contrasting them with Men. That's where it says things like Elves don't die of illness (though technically, you could interpret that as meaning that they still get colds or whatever.) And then part of the contrast between Elves and Men is that "Men were . . . subject to sickness and many ills." And one of the names the Elves gave Men was "the Sickly." I would interpret that as meaning that Elves don't ever get sick from bodily illnesses, and (I think) that's usually how I've seen it interpreted in fandom. But I don't know if it says anywhere in so many words that Elves can't get sick at all.

But I'm just nit-picking for the fun of it! I enjoy all these cartoons.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th January 2014 01:48 (UTC)

If I didn't enjoy nitpicking these details I never would have made all the cartoons! :)


I can imagine Estë going to Manwë after Míriel gives birth and saying, "Can we turn down the Time Dilation Effect so the poor Elf-women aren't pregnant for over a century?" :) But maybe that's more Doctor Who than Tolkien.

(I've actually gone with one Year of the Trees = 10 of our years, just because it's simpler.)



It's almost kind of adorable, that the Valar would be amazed by everything the Elves do.

One bit I loved in HoME was that when the Elves first arrived in Valinor, some of them tried to learn the Valinorean language, out of respect or curiosity. (And they struggled with it, because it wasn't designed for the voices of physical beings to speak.) But after a while they noticed that the Valar and Maiar had started speaking Quenya instead - and in fact, they even overheard them speaking Quenya to each other. It seems the Ainur were so fascinated by Elves that they adopted their language wholesale, and stopped using their own except for special occasions.

By the time of Fëanor's revolt, even the existence of the Valinorean language was a historical curiosity. As he left Aman he said a defiant farewell to Dahanigwishtilgún, but the Noldo who recorded his words didn't know what the word meant. In fact it was the Valinorean word for Mount Taniquetil, which Fëanor, being the insufferable genius he was, of course knew. :)

Posted by: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 28th January 2014 02:48 (UTC)
tolkien

Ahahaha. Oh, Feanor . . .

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