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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 117: Why?

17th April 2014 (15:48)

You'll notice that the Noldor have a different opinion on the usefulness of literacy compared to the Sindar! Rúmil's alphabet was invented separately and independently of Daeron's alphabet mentioned in a previous episode, though I suppose it's possible they discussed the issue on the Great Journey (if Daeron is old enough, and wasn't born in Doriath) and influenced each other.


Part 117: Why?



Next time: Part 118: To die, to sleep

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!

Comments

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 17th April 2014 15:20 (UTC)

Oh God.... Miriel apologizing to Feanor for being "so tired all the time" in this comic, actually made me cry. No joke. I'm in tears at the moment.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th April 2014 10:16 (UTC)

Aww.

I'd offer a hanky but hopefully you've stopped crying by now? :)

There's no denying, parts of the Silmarillion are pure tragedy.

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 17th April 2014 18:26 (UTC)
Mums are like buttons

I can't help thinking Miriel is a bit of a wimp...

I'm a bit 'Well I coped with it...'!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th April 2014 10:18 (UTC)

Heh.

I've often wondered how Fëanor handled the fact that his own mother died (spoilers!) after bearing one child, but Nerdanel managed six pregnancies perfectly well. Was he proud of his wife, or secretly resentful?

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 18th April 2014 16:27 (UTC)

Don't know what people expected if the poor kid had no playmates his own age. When did the other elves start having children?

Of course, I don't think I'd like to get into a game of marbles with Fëanor...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th April 2014 10:22 (UTC)

Very soon after, in fact (by Elven standards). One of the factors in Finwë's later actions was that while he only had one son and no daughters, the other Elves - including Ingwë and Olwë - were all starting large families. He felt left out.

You should be fine playing marbles with Fëanor until the day he turns up with ones he's made himself that glow with their own light... he won't be happy about losing those!

Posted by: שני ריקושט (שני ריקושט)
Posted at: 19th April 2014 06:48 (UTC)

But, didn't Miriel die a few days after Feanor was born?

Edited at 2014-04-19 06:48 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th April 2014 10:27 (UTC)

Depends on the version of the story; Tolkien wrote several different drafts of this. In one, Míriel died when Fëanor was in his late "teens" (or the Elven equivalent). According to the Annals of Aman, Míriel died the year after Fëanor's birth - but that's a Valian year, equal to ten of our own, so Fëanor could have been anything up to ten years old.

I decided it would be better for the story if Fëanor had childhood memories of his mother rather than only knowing about her from the history books. I think that makes his later reaction to his stepmother and half-brothers more convincing.

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