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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!


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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