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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 147 - Super-secret project

4th August 2014 (21:46)

I imagine Fëanor's household would have loads of servants to bring meals etc,. so Nerdanel taking this meal to her husband in person may just possibly be because she's wanting an excuse to see what he's up to...

Part 147: Super-secret project

Next time: Part 148: Dedication

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: 5th August 2014 13:30 (UTC)

Ah, so that's how he got the light of the Two Trees into the silmarils.

With a hammer!

I wonder what elves ate for dinner... and who raised the food. It's hard to imagine them farming.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 5th August 2014 14:31 (UTC)

The Valar farm, so why shouldn't the Elves?

Below them lay the woods of Oromë, and westward shimmered the fields and pastures of Yavanna, gold beneath the tall wheat of the gods. (...) And even as it was then the delight of the Valar to clothe themselves as in a vesture of the forms of the Children of Ilúvatar, so also did they eat and drink, and gather the fruits of Yavanna from the Earth.

In HoME we're also told that the special grain used to make lembas - a gift from Yavanna - was grown in sheltered glades, and harvested by hand rather than using a metal blade on it.

Personally, I've always imagined Elves not needing to eat nearly as much as humans do; their bodies are less material (and ultimately will fade away to nothing). So they don't need extensive agriculture; they can live by hunting and gathering, fishing, tending animals, and just a small amount of arable farming.

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 5th August 2014 19:04 (UTC)

That's a good explanation on how Turgon managed to feed all of Gondolin with just a narrow dale and a bit of forrested slope.

Also, can it be that the dinners are still there because 1)There is no decay in Aman 2) Because biological processes were slower before the sun and moon rose.

Edited at 2014-08-05 19:05 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 5th August 2014 20:04 (UTC)

Pretty much, yes.

Although the Plain of Tumladen was over 40 miles wide, not a "narrow dale". (According to the Book of Lost Tales, at least.)

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