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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 133 - With apologies to Filippo Brunelleschi

16th June 2014 (11:54)

Second part of the chibi version of the story I also covered in the fic 'A Matter of Perspective'.

Filippo Brunelleschi was the Florentine sculptor, architect and painter from the 15th century who's credited with inventing linear perspective - that is, the way of depicting the illusion of three-dimensional shapes on a two-dimensional surface. In this cartoon, I've given his discovery to Fëanor and Nerdanel instead. Sorry, Filippo.

Part 132: With apologies to Filippo Brunelleschi

Next time: Part 134: Here comes the bride

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: engarian (engarian)
Posted at: 16th June 2014 13:02 (UTC)
I Love Art

Perfect 'break the ice' topic between two creative people. Love it. And obtaining the proper perspective in art is as essential as defining POV in writing - so basic and so very important.

- Erulisse (one L)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 16th June 2014 23:40 (UTC)

Thanks! Though I have to say I've never invented an entirely new application of art when breaking the ice with someone; maybe I'm just not creative enough? :(

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 16th June 2014 14:01 (UTC)

Oh I love how you have Feanor and Nerdanel discover perspectives in drawing. I love it when people show the Elves discovering something, because let's face it their culture was probably not very sophisticated when they arrived in Aman. We know Feanor invented the art of creating gems and Rumil invented writing. But did Miriel perhaps invent embroidery? Did Mathan invent smiting? Who invented breeches? Tableware? Sculpting? Round Towers? Jewellery? Tolkien never gave the answer.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 16th June 2014 23:51 (UTC)

Míriel inventing embroidery is actually HoME canon: "By her was the craft of needles devised". I agree, the Elves of the Great Journey probably were still at the hunter-gatherer stage, at least until Yavanna sent them seeds for the wheat that makes lembas and instructions on how to grow it.

I suspect the Valar would have taught them a lot; but also, as I hinted in my fic via Nerdanel, they'd prefer to let people discover things for themselves too rather than just let the Valar spoon-feed them. (And I do think the Elves came up with some things that even the Valar had never thought of.)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 16th June 2014 14:13 (UTC)

Come on now, we all know Fëanor would whip that tablecloth off without disturbing the drinks.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 16th June 2014 23:51 (UTC)

Heh. That is actually a good point I'd not considered. :)

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 16th June 2014 16:02 (UTC)

Elves use tablecloths? I thought they just dined on a bed of leaves or somesuch?

(And that trick always makes me think of this.)

(And talk of perspectives always make me think of "Why do the columns around the Parthenon look straight?" "Because they are.")

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 16th June 2014 23:55 (UTC)

That's Wood-Elves you're thinking of. These are highly civilised Noldor!

The inspiration for Nerdaenel's ideas on sculpture was actually based on the idea of the Parthenon, even if the story turns out to be apocryphal in reality.

Posted by: Koramay (koramay)
Posted at: 16th June 2014 22:11 (UTC)

Oh goodness they're adorable!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 16th June 2014 23:56 (UTC)

Wait till Fëanor starts killing people I mean, yes! They are, aren't they? :)

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