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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 128 - A moment of balance

26th May 2014 (12:57)

Confession: I'm kind of playing fast and loose with Fëanor's age in these cartoons to suit the storyline (he's at least 130 solar years old by now - or 13 Valinorean years - but I'm depicting him here as a teenager). Then again, Tolkien kept on changing his mind about how old Fëanor was at the time of these events, so I'm in good company.

In The Two Towers, Gandalf says this to Pippin about the Palantír:

"Then it was not made" - Pippin hesitated - "by the Enemy?"

"No," said Gandalf. "Nor by Saruman. It is beyond his art, and beyond Sauron's too. The palantíri came from beyond Westernesse, from Eldamar, The Noldor made them. Fëanor himself, maybe, wrought them, in days so long ago that the time cannot be measured in years."

Here we find out the truth of that! :)

Part 128: A moment of balance

Next time: Part 129: A beginning

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: mikeda (mikeda)
Posted at: 26th May 2014 13:07 (UTC)

13 Valinorean years

Which does make Feanor a Valinorean teenager. :-)

So I guess Indis is happy to see Finwe? :-)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 26th May 2014 15:37 (UTC)

Yes, I think Tolkien just thought, ~"oh hey, Fëanor is 13" without remembering that 1 Valinorean year = 10 solar years, and he'd written elsewhere that elves come of age at 50 (= 5 Valinoran years).

Indis isn't good at hiding her feelings. :)

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 26th May 2014 18:01 (UTC)

Ah, is Indis' behavior here a reference to that weird scene from the HoME when Finwe leaves Ilmarin and suddenly Indis runs towards him while singing?

And with the ages, yeop. What Tolkien wrote in his timelines and in his stories sometimes did not mesh well. I can't remember how long he said the Noldor lived in Valinor, but with Elves generally "marrying young and bearing children shortly after" there should have been way more than just two generations of Finwians(+Idril) in Tirion. With all that talk about the Noldor constantly growing it's weird that their princes were so reluctant to spawn.

Edited at 2014-05-26 18:03 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 26th May 2014 18:38 (UTC)

"And when Indis saw Finwë climbing the paths of the Mountain, and the light of Laurelin was behind him as a glory, without forethought she sang suddenly in great joy, and her voice went up as a song of the lirulin [the lark] in the sky." That's the one.

The Noldor are in Valinor between YT 1133-1495, or 362 Valinorean years. So yes, according to HoME there should have been space for about 70 generations. Even if you assume that time just moves more slowly in the Blessed Realm, and people there get the same amount done in a Valinorean year as we do in a solar year, there should be seven generations, not just three.

But then that opens the other can of worms: how many Noldor went into Exile? Are we talking hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions?

Edited at 2014-05-26 18:39 (UTC)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 27th May 2014 13:56 (UTC)

Noldorin princesses should not squee.

But at least Finwë is smiling again.

Is Fëanor off working on his new 4G palantír with retinal display?

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 27th May 2014 15:43 (UTC)

But she's a Vanyarin princess, not a Noldorin one. Although that probably makes the squeeing even worse...

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 27th May 2014 15:55 (UTC)

I guess the Vanyar don't have much else to do... might as well squee.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 27th May 2014 17:36 (UTC)

She's the sister of the High King of the Eldar, and one of the most powerful and respected of all the Firstborn Children of Iluvatar. She can squee if she wants to.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 27th May 2014 17:38 (UTC)

Actually, Fëanor has realised that the small pocket-sized palantíri he has designed aren't good enough, so he plans to make them bigger and heavier, the size and weight of a solid glass bowling ball, so they'll have more power and range.

So pretty much the exact opposite of how mobile phone technology develops...

Edited at 2014-05-27 17:39 (UTC)

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