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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 150 - Harder than diamond

14th August 2014 (14:19)

Melkor's initiative to be friendly and helpful to everybody continues! Instead of him talking to Maglor (bottom left corner) I did at first consider showing him talking to Maedhros and offering to lend him a hand, but decided that was just too cruel...

The reference to Curufin's new girlfriend is specially for lignota (Curufin is the only one of Fëanor's sons to be specifically noted in canon as having married and had children, though it's possible at least some of the others did so off-camera).

Part 150: Harder than diamond

Next time: Part 151: Brighter than 10,000 suns

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: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 14th August 2014 13:43 (UTC)

I am laughing at Feanor's mad scientist hair (but not to his face). Yes, Feanor would have a whole bunch of diamonds lying around.

Thank you! I appreciate it. I also like having a reference to a female character who must have existed but who isn't acknowledged by Tolkien. (If anyone was wondering, I didn't ask specifically for Curufin to have a girlfriend, but I requested references to Celebrimbor, which this is presumably leading toward.)

Wasn't there a one-sentence reference in HOME to Maglor and Caranthir having wives? (Though I wouldn't blame anyone for deciding not to follow that.)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th August 2014 14:04 (UTC)

Fêanor probably invented diamonds...

I think you're right. I remember seeing fanart of "the wives of the sons of Fëanor", anyway. But I do think Celebrimbor is the only recorded child of a Fëanorian.

Posted by: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 14th August 2014 14:08 (UTC)

It wouldn't surprise me.

Yes, that's my belief also.

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 15th August 2014 10:49 (UTC)

Wasn't the "Noldor invented gemstones" just part of the very early version of the mythology, the "Book of Lost Tales" version where the Valar where still gods and the Elves were called fairies?

In the later version to Noldor discover precious stones in the mountains while quarrying for marble and the only gemstones Feanor is credited with creating were basically early version of the Silmarils that "caught starlight".

And yeah Maglor and Caranthir were said to have wives in HoME, but Tolkien took the easy route out with them and said that they stayed in Valinor. Which sounds like the Noldor version of "having a girlfriend in Canada" to me.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th August 2014 14:41 (UTC)

Yes, in the published book the Noldor only find gems, they don't make them. Still, I do like some of the ideas from the Book of Lost Tales, and find them more evocative than the later stuff.

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 15th August 2014 21:18 (UTC)

That's true. I always liked the early version of Melian as well as the Lost Tales version of Beren and Tenuviel's story.

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 14th August 2014 13:55 (UTC)

Fëanor should throw his notes in the air and shout "SCIENCE!!!!"

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 14th August 2014 14:17 (UTC)

Something about Fëanor here makes me hear his lines in Christopher Lloyd's voice.

Posted by: mikeda (mikeda)
Posted at: 14th August 2014 22:32 (UTC)

lend him a hand

Or demonstrate the sound of one hand clapping...


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