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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 127: An ending

22nd May 2014 (12:38)

As I've said before, in the books Indis was rather more successful at hiding her feelings for Finwë than I've shown her in these cartoons - though I'm assuming Míriel, at least, might have had something of an idea about it. Finwë was clueless. And yes, it's canon that after her death Míriel declares that she now bears no grudge against Indis, although in HoME  that happens a little later on.

Part 127: An ending

Next time: Part 128: A moment of balance

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: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 23rd May 2014 12:37 (UTC)

Interesting. You know what Miriel says about leaving behind her resentment in her body actually touches on a subject many religions struggle with: How much of a person actually lives on after death. If there will be no more tears in paradise, does it mean we lose part of our humanity by going there? Does it mean we are not ourselves anymore?
Sorry if that was a bit serious, just stuff like that makes me think.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 23rd May 2014 13:13 (UTC)

Interesting. I think the argument Tolkien himself would make is that being dead - in a Catholic universe - gives you the opportunity for self-reflection and self-knowledge. You see things in the proper perspective at last. You become a witness to the Eternal, and so all your petty human squabbles and resentments take on their true proportions in the light of Infinity and God's grace.

The other thing I had in my mind when writing this was the idea that things like lust and jealousy and competitiveness are caused by hormones and brain chemistry, and Míriel's now an entity of pure spirit and mind, and so has left those things behind.

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 23rd May 2014 15:33 (UTC)

I wonder why Míriel's knitting needles don't fall through her hands.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 23rd May 2014 18:20 (UTC)

Because they're ghostly knitting needles, of course!

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