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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 125: Till death... oh wait

15th May 2014 (21:14)

There's nothing wrong, of course, with an author putting their own political or moral views into the mouths of their characters - within reason. Even so, poor old Tolkien was rather out of step with modern ideas on marriage and relationships. It's one thing to be opposed to divorce - that's still orthodox Catholic doctrine, after all. But when you even have serious moral qualms about widow(er)s getting remarried after the death of their spouses, that's hardcore...

I'm envisaging that group of Valar popping up behind Manwë to gasp in unison, to be rather like the Bad Horse Chorus in Dr Horrible, but without the frothy beers.

Part 125: Till death...oh wait

Next time: Part 126: Marriage laws

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: 16th May 2014 13:38 (UTC)

MANWE: "Okay, we've decided in this special case we're going to allow it. Is there any particular woman you have in mind?"

FINWE: "Well... does it have to be a woman?"


FINWE: "Just kidding."

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 16th May 2014 15:06 (UTC)

Heh. I suspect you're right, even though Tolkien did give us Fingon and Maedhros who were "really close friends" and neither of them ever got married to a woman; and Fingon's sister Aredhel who liked to go riding and hunting and gave 'her heart's love' to no man...

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 16th May 2014 17:49 (UTC)
Galadriel 2

I do think, at least in the case of Aredhel, that Tolkien's thoughts would match Queen Victoria's...

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 17th May 2014 18:06 (UTC)

Seems like it, uh? Though compare Galadriel, who in her youth was very similar to Aredhel. In the Unfinished Tales Galadriel is even once mentioned as fighting in Alqualonde (on behalf of the Teleri)We never hear of Aredhel picking up a sword.

I think Tolkien just saw strength of will and pride, as long as they are not tempered by compassion and wisdom, to be very destructive forces. And then it doesn't matter if the person in question is male or female. Compare Feanor and Finrod to Aredhel and Galadriel, there are striking parallels.

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