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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 156 - Whispers

11th September 2014 (21:17)

I'm going with Orodreth, son of Angrod, son of Finarfin, son of Finwë here, for the record. Also, the events shown in this series of cartoons are actually taking place over the course of about 350 years, hence why it takes a while for people to work out what's going on.

'Leadership principle' in German is Führerprinzip. Unfortunately, the Elves haven't realised that taking advice on political philosophy from Melkor is a bad idea, though hopefully Finarfin, at least, doesn't seem entirely convinced...

Part 156: Whispers

Next time: Part 157: Muttering

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: Igenlode Wordsmith (igenlode)
Posted at: 11th September 2014 23:15 (UTC)

face-hardening, or case-hardening...?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 11th September 2014 23:25 (UTC)

Two different terms for the same thing. (Face-hardening is the expression usually associated with armour plate, to be specific.)

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 12th September 2014 07:01 (UTC)

I like how Nerdanel has slowly been drifting towards Indis :-D Yes Nerdanel, come to the side of good, we've got Lembas!

Boy, how exactly Melkor sold the Noldor on weapons has been a favourite topic of speculation for me. Personally I often saw him appealing to their craftsmanship and drive to compete and excel. So he taught them how they could create armors and weapons with intricate ornaments, portrayed sword-fighting just as another type of sport and perhaps even a form of tournaments and joust (though that last one might be a bit too High Medieval to fit into Middle Earth) still it's easy to imagine the Noldor to be enthusiastic about flying banners competitions and crownings of champions and such...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 12th September 2014 18:40 (UTC)

I think pretty much the same. He'd initially present it to them as a matter of purely technical skill, an intellectual exercise and a challenge to their craftsmanship. Swordsmanship would be, as you say, a sport and a method of honing your body.

There might also be an element of "You'll need weapons if you ever decide to reclaim your birthright and go back to Middle-earth to take it back from the Men who will steal it from you.

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