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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 120: That sleep of death

28th April 2014 (11:34)

Most of today's cartoon is canon (from History of Middle-earth volume X) but the bit about the souls of other Elves arriving in Mandos before Míriel is my own interpretation. (I know we've talked about this before.) As presented by Tolkien, it was't until Míriel died that the Valar were really confronted by the idea of the death of a souled creature, and it disturbed and confused them. This also leads to the implication, which I'll cover next time, that Death wasn't originally in the Great Music - or at least the Valar didn't notice it there.

I'm assuming that Námo has his reputation as a Man of Mystery to uphold, which is why he kept quiet about the other Elven souls appearing. But the Valar knew Míriel personally - I imagine she and Vairë swapped knitting tips -  so they were aware of it when she died.

Part 120: That sleep of death

Next time: Part 121: What dreams may come?

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: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 28th April 2014 14:56 (UTC)

Here's where Manwë does a "slow burn" worthy of Oliver Hardy...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th April 2014 15:04 (UTC)

Since I portray Manwë in this as kind of a well-meaning doof, it's hard to remember that he's actually the most powerful entity in the universe*, and the other Valar do respect his leadership...

*Eru being outside the universe

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 28th April 2014 15:34 (UTC)

It wasn't easy to make him angry, though... which is why he'd probably just grit his teeth and mumble when confronted with the fact that Námo and Vairë knew about the awakening of the elves centuries before Oromë found them, and didn't tell anyone.

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