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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 115: Swanhaven

10th April 2014 (13:40)

The thought did occur to me: when the Teleri got swans to pull their ships along, were the swans flying (as I've shown them) or swimming?

Míriel doesn't appear in this episode because she's just gone into labour. I know, world's longest pregnancy (#93 to #115). I recently re-checked the Annals of Aman in HoME for the chronology, and it's actually this (dates are Valian years since the Two Trees were made):

1133       Noldor and Vanyar arrive in Valinor.
1140       City of Tirion is completed.
1162       Teleri arrive in Valinor and found the city of Alqualondë.
1165       Last of the Vanyar leave Tirion to live in Valinor.
1169       Birth of Finwë and Míriel's son.

(I don't know if anyone noticed, but in last week's episode #113 Míriel's usual ball of white yarn was replaced by a ball of pastel blue yarn.)

Pedantry corner: most of the Vanyar are now living in Valmar with the Valar, but Ingwë himself has built a house on the western slopes of Mount Taniquetil. Indis is living with her brother. I assume they visit Valmar regularly, and perhaps Tirion as well from time to time.

Part 115: Swanhaven

Next time: Part 116: When a child is born

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.
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Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 10th April 2014 15:59 (UTC)

From a physics standpoint, flying swans would pull the boats more efficiently than swimming ones. In both cases, though, you'd need a hell of a lot of swans and they'd have to be moving in synchronization and at exactly the same speed.

OSSE: "Boss, the wife feels sorry for the swans. Can we tell them about oars now?"

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 10th April 2014 17:02 (UTC)

But what if Teleri swanships are perfectly frictionless?

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 10th April 2014 16:34 (UTC)

"...And that, O Best Beloved, is how the swan came to be so ill-tempered and distrustful of everything that walks on two legs."
- Kipling, if he wrote Tolkien fanfic

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 10th April 2014 17:12 (UTC)

Take up the Noldor's burden--
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve the Sindar's need;
To wait in heavy harness,
On Moriquendi wild--
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-uruk and half-child.

Take up the Noldor's burden--
The savage war and siege-
Fill full the mouth of Morgoth
Take back his stolen gems;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch oath-bound sons of Fëanor
Bring all your hopes to nought.

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 10th April 2014 17:22 (UTC)


Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 10th April 2014 19:55 (UTC)
Feanorian penguins


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