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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 111: The thousand caves

24th March 2014 (18:53)

I'm planning one more cartoon about the Sindar of Doriath (for Thursday), then it's time to go back to Valinor to see what Finwë and Míriel and their friends are up to. Unless anybody is really desperately pining for me to do a bunch of cartoons about the arrival of the Nandor and settlement of Ossiriand?

Part 111: The thousand caves

Next time: Part 112: Easy as ABC

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: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 24th March 2014 23:27 (UTC)

Glad you liked them - and you're pretty much spot on with the identification.

Turgon is the one in white; it's actually mentioned in his description somewhere that he wore that colour of clothing.

I don't think anything at all is known about Argon, but according to Wikipedia the element argon is a gas that glows magenta when electric current is run through it - so he wears a magenta shirt. :)

Angrod is the one wearing iron gauntlets ('ang'), and I took the translation of 'Aegnor' to be 'sharp hair', so he has a quiff you could cut paper with. :)

I did briefly consider putting Finrod in a miner's helmet with a lamp on the front, but decided that would be too silly. :) As for Galadriel, all chibis look sweet and innocent pretty much by default.

You might notice that Fingolfin and Finarfin (and most of their sons) have the same hairstyle as Finwë - long but quite neat; while the Feanoreans all have rather shaggy and unkempt hair, because they're rebels.

Also, Fingolfin is wearing blue and white, which I've established as the Vanyar colour scheme, in honour of his mother. Finarfin wears Noldor green, because his hair honours his mother's kindred so his clothes don't need to.

I possibly put too much thought into this. :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 24th March 2014 23:58 (UTC)
Still "Celegorm the Fair"

Ha! You put my complaint from ages ago into this comic, love it! :-)
I love Galadriel's sprite, but Aredhel looks far more tomboyish than I'd imagine her.
I like how you put the emblems of their houses on the shirts of the boys, did you edit that yourself?
You sure you can't include Findis and Irime into the story somehow? You could use the fanon that Glorfindel and/or Aranwe (Voronwe's father) are their sons.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th March 2014 01:59 (UTC)
Re: Still "Celegorm the Fair"

Given that Nerdanel's father and three of her sons are the only known Elven redheads, I'm just going to assume that her family has the gene for "random hair colour". :)

Regarding Aredhel, her's how she's described in HoME (the Silm passage is a little shorter):

"She was greater and stronger than woman's wont, and she loved much to ride on horse and to hunt in the forests, and there was often in the company of her kinsmen, the sons of Fëanor; but to none was her heart's love given."

Totally butch. :) And I even wonder if that "to none was her heart's love given" was a clueless historian (Pengolodh?) hearing that she "never loved any man" and jumping to the wrong conclusion. :)

Yes, I added the House symbols to everyone's chests myself. There needs to be some way to tell them all apart! And Galadriel actually has the symbol too, but it's as a tassel hanging from her sash.

Edited at 2014-03-25 02:07 (UTC)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 25th March 2014 19:00 (UTC)
Re: Still "Celegorm the Fair"

Wow... seems for all these years I had figured Aredhel completely wrong O_o Because of her later history I always interpreted her as a "wannabe tomboy" and, in comparison to (young)Galadriel, the more feminine and timid one (kinda the Cordielia to Galadriel's Buffy)
It's just strange that while Galadriel gets "Nerwen"(Man-Maiden) as her mother name none of Aredhel's proposed names even slightly reflect her "action girl" tendencies: Aredhel (Noble Elven Woman), Ar-Feiniel (White Lady) Irisse (probably connected to the Quenya word for desire).

If we combine the idea of her physical prowess with her strength of will, I'm now left to wonder how Eol actually managed to keep her in Nan Elmoth for so long.
Just once again a reminder that Tolkien's characters are often more complex than it seems at first glance.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 26th March 2014 12:26 (UTC)
Re: Still "Celegorm the Fair"

Remember that Gondolin was the Hidden Kingdom; nobody was allowed in or out - and what Aredhel said when Turgon seemed to think that rule should apply to her too:

"I am your sister and not your servant, and beyond your bounds I will go as seems good to me. And if you begrudge me an escort, then I will go alone".

What happened to her with Eol can be put down to Stockholm Syndrome, in my eyes. She was kidnapped and held against her will (by magic), and came to terms with her captivity to the extent of agreeing - "not wholly unwilling" as Tolkien puts it - to marry her captor.

It's funny that Finwë had all those grandsons, and only two granddaughters, both of whom were noted as being much more masculine in behaviour than the average woman. The testosterone runs strong in the House of Finwë...

Posted by: mikeda (mikeda)
Posted at: 25th March 2014 00:05 (UTC)

Hopefully, we will also get to see Argon's lesser-known siblings Neon, Krypton, and Xenon.

(Argon, of course, was noted for having a good eye, although people quickly got tired of hearing about it.)


Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th March 2014 02:07 (UTC)

I had to look that one up...

"scintillating, many fauceted scarlet emerald, a brilliant gem seeming to possess a life all of its own. A priceless gleaming stone, capable of domineering the wealth of conquering empires...the eye of Argon."

I think I'll leave that out of the story. :)

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