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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 145 - One golden hair

28th July 2014 (17:19)

This is a new storyline, but I included the reference to Melkor inventing honey as continuity to the previous one. :) Which is my own idea, not canon, but the idea that God will ultimately bring good out of evil is an inherent part of Tolkien's worldview - and bees certainly do sound like they were something originally invented by Morgoth.

Part 145: One golden hair

Next time: Part 146: Catching the light

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 July 2014 16:30 (UTC)

Heh... look at Galadriel grinning as she hides behind her mother's skirt.

You know, it just occurred to me: Galadriel refused three times to give Fëanor a single strand of her hair. And then, centuries later, she freely gave Gimli the Dwarf... three strands of her hair.

You can still hear Fëanor's voice echoing through the Halls of Mandos: "Oh no you didn't..."

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 28th July 2014 18:16 (UTC)

Yeah, I think Tolkien actually said that it was supposed to show how much humbler Galadriel had grown over the long years of her exile.
And also that Gimly, isn't a creep, unlike Feanor (my interpretation)

Edited at 2014-07-28 18:19 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th July 2014 18:27 (UTC)

Oh yes, I'm sure "three requests for one hair" > "Gives three hairs" was deliberate.

I don't think little!Galadriel was actually Machiavellian enough to deliberately get Fëanor into trouble this way... but you never know.

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 28th July 2014 16:57 (UTC)

How different things might have been if he'd just asked if he could borrow her comb... Or she had just given him a hair when he asked!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th July 2014 18:36 (UTC)

The Crown Prince of the Noldor doesn't sneak around pulling hairs off combs like a common valet de chambre!

Posted by: Pen (pensnest)
Posted at: 28th July 2014 17:25 (UTC)

NO! BAD TOUCH! Daddy! Help!


Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th July 2014 18:37 (UTC)

Oddly, Tolkien never specified how old Galadriel was when Fëanor asked her for her hair...

Posted by: samtyr (samtyr)
Posted at: 28th July 2014 18:05 (UTC)
sea shore

If only she had given him that one hair, right?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th July 2014 18:38 (UTC)

You could say that the destiny of the world is currently hanging by a thread of hair...

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 28th July 2014 18:13 (UTC)

No! Bad Touch!

You tell him Lil' Galadriel! I love so many little things in this comic:

1) It shows Feanor is socially awkward *whispers* Because he has no empathy, mainly because Finwe never taught him how to look at things from the point of view of others.

2)The rivalry between Galadriel and Aredhel

3) The interesting idea of honey being Melkor's invention. I would have rather seen it as Melkor corrupting Yavannah's work with poisonous stings and a hive mind.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th July 2014 18:53 (UTC)

#1 Definitely!

#2 I'm not sure I'd go as far as calling Galadriel and Aredhel 'rivals', but they're certainly both strong-willed and competitive (even as children).

#3 Well, what actually inspired me was this:

"And Ilúvatar spoke to Ulmo, and said: "Seest thou not how here in this little realm in the Deeps of Time Melkor hath made war upon thy province? He hath bethought him of bitter cold immoderate, and yet hath not destroyed the beauty of thy fountains, nor of thy clear pools. Behold the snow, and the cunning work of frost! Melkor hath devised heats and fire without restraint, and hath not dried up they desire nor utterly quelled the music of the sea. Behold rather the height and glory of the clouds, and the everchanging mists; and listen to the fall of rain upon the Earth!"

In the same way, I imagine Melkor trying to corrupt and pervert Yavanna's sphere of interest by devising bees, but instead managing to create something new and delicious.

I also have a backstory, too long to put in the cartoons, that Yavanna herself told Nerdanel about this, one day when Nerdanel was visiting Aulë's house for special smithcraft training.

Afterwards, whenever Melkor visited the Fëanorians, Nerdanel served him tea and scones with honey on them, supposedly in his honour. Melkor hated the taste of honey but couldn't admit it, since he was still trying to persuade Fëanor to accept his help and was trying to play nice...

(Whether Nerdanel and Fëanor realised Melkor hated honey and served it to him anyway, to send an unspoken message, is another matter *g*)

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 28th July 2014 19:54 (UTC)

Yes I love that passage. And yes, now I understand so the honey was a byproduct of Melkor making the bees stingy and hive minded? Yes that is a very good interpretation!

And I love that backstory, it would make an amazing cartoon or another of those little sidestory fanfics, like the one about Feanor and Nerdanel's first meeting.

Posted by: salazar_quinn (salazar_quinn)
Posted at: 29th July 2014 01:37 (UTC)
avpm totally awesome


... Oh my God. Words cannot express how much awesome that is.

Um... also, I've been trying not to comment twice a week with "OMG I LUV U!!!11!!1", but a distilled version of my intense love for this comic, mostly involving me stating things about it followed by lots of exclamation marks and not even trying to sound like a rational person, can be found on my tumblr, where I recommended it to people. :)

Fangirling Overdose

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th August 2014 13:11 (UTC)

For some reason I totally missed this comment when you made it - it was hidden and I didn't notice the little icon that says "There are hidden comments". Sorry about that. :(

And thanks for the enthusiastic rec. ♥ I even found myself laughing at some of the things I'd forgotten I did...

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