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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 103: Lúthien MarySúviel

24th February 2014 (17:17)

Disclaimer: despite a certain level of snark in today's cartoon (and the next one to come) I do, in fact, like Lúthien. She's one of my favourite characters in Tolkien's work. But then again, my favourite character on 'Buffy' is late- and post-season Willow. Clearly I have a thing for ridiculously overpowered Strong Female Characters™.

Lúthien is the daughter of Elwë, who (at least in my version of the story) is the son of Enel and Enelyë; hence she's Enelyë's granddaughter.


Part 103: Lúthien MarySúviel

Next time: Part 104: More Sue than mortal tongue can tell.

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: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 24th February 2014 18:37 (UTC)

...Her prettiness, her sumptuousness,
Her scrum-diddly-iddly-umptiousness,
Her infinite ability,
Her finite rhymability...


Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 24th February 2014 18:56 (UTC)

Don't be rude about Tolkien's poetry skills!

...well okay, you can if you want.

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 24th February 2014 18:38 (UTC)

She inherited her mother's halo, but had it surgically removed because it was always giving away her position when she tried to sneak out into the wilderness.

For all the criticism Tolkien gets for the small number of prominent women characters in his stories, the ones he did write all seem to be feminist icons... Lúthien, Galadriel, Eowyn... Tauriel...

(OK, scratch that last one. I could hear CJRT's blood pressure rising all the way from France.)

Edited at 2014-02-24 18:39 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 24th February 2014 19:02 (UTC)

Actually, it's just as well she didn't inherit her mother's wings, or it would spoil a certain major part of her story...

Somewhere in HoME Tolkien even talks about how Elven society is egalitarian, with men and women equally permitted to do any job they want to do (though admittedly some occupations - such as warrior - tend to be predominantly one sex or the other).

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