?

Log in

No account? Create an account
StephenT [userpic]

The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 154 - Holy, holy, holy

4th September 2014 (17:36)

I remember once seeing a trivia question, "Which of Tolkien's characters has physically touched a Silmaril?" There was some debate over whether Varda would have held them in her hands to hallow them, as shown here, or if she could have done it remotely.

Interestingly, in the earliest drafts of the Silmarillion it was Manwë who hallowed them and Varda who made the prophecy that in the published book Námo gives.


Part 154: Holy, holy, holy


Next time: Part 155

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!

Comments

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 6th September 2014 11:28 (UTC)

Always found it interesting that the Silmaril are associate with air, sea(water) and earth, but not fire. What's so bad about fire?

And then the three mightiest of the Elven Rings (created by Feanor's grandson no less) go ahead and are the rings of Air, Water and Fire... why does Earth get discriminated against here?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 6th September 2014 14:05 (UTC)

Well, "land, sea and sky" are all major and easily-identified parts of the physical universe. The idea that 'fire' is also an element is more of a Classical Greek thing, and we know what Tolkien thought about the Greeks...

Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 8th September 2014 19:05 (UTC)

"Ahoy, Ahoy! Land, sea or sky!"

Great, now I've got Into The Valley going through my head. And I keep getting it muddled up with the version from the old Maxell adverts... :(

"Ahoy, Ahoy! Barman and soda!"


Edited at 2014-09-08 19:06 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 8th September 2014 20:25 (UTC)

I own a vinyl 45 of that record. Shame I have nothing to play it on...

11 Read Comments