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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 170 - Things fall apart

20th November 2014 (14:17)

Fëanor's exile is 12 Years of the Trees, which is about 120 of our years. Fëanor and Nerdanel have been married about 306 years, or 3060 of our years, at this point.

In one version of this story Nerdanel went back to live with her father after becoming estranged from Fëanor; in the other version she "asked leave to abide with Indis, whom she had ever esteemed, though this had been little to the liking of Fëanor". The second makes for a much more interesting story, I think. Though I do wonder whom she had to "ask leave" from? Indis herself? The Valar? Fëanor? Finwë?

The fact that Indis didn't go with Finwë either is implict in the fact that Nerdanel stayed with her, but Tolkien doesn't really go into her reasons - except for a whiny comment much later by Finwë that these days she prefers the company of her son to his own. I extrapolated from there.

Part 170: Things fall apart

Next time: Part 171: Changing the guard

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: 20th November 2014 15:33 (UTC)

Fëanor forgetting their 306th anniversary was the last straw.

In subsequent years, Indis and Nerdanel's house came to be known as "the Nunnery."

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 20th November 2014 18:03 (UTC)

Nunnery as in place where nuns live, or nunnery in the Shakespearian sense ('brothel')?

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 20th November 2014 19:12 (UTC)

Nuns! Tolkien would never have used the Shakespearian sense of anything.

Posted by: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 20th November 2014 16:02 (UTC)

I hardly think that Feanor would have made Indis welcome at Formenos.

Also, CAPTCHA is giving me an ad for jewelry insurance. Clearly that's what they needed . . .

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 20th November 2014 18:05 (UTC)

True enough - though I'm not sure he'd have a choice if she was going to accompany Finwë. Or the two of them could have set up a separate establishment a short walk away from Formenos.

Does the jewellery insurance cover against Acts of God or Acts of Giant Spider?

Posted by: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 21st November 2014 01:34 (UTC)

It's possible. I just think it would have been very awkward. Wiser of Indis to stay in Tirion, anyway.

Well, the picture shows a crab scurrying off holding a diamond ring in its claws, so apparently it does cover arthropods!

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 20th November 2014 20:45 (UTC)

Maedros: "We have to go with father now. It's our duty."

Oh Maedros you poor fool, no, no it isn't you and Maglor (and possibly Amrod) are better than that! He's an effing madman and you have your own lives.

I like the idea that they'll visit Nerdanel though.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 20th November 2014 21:16 (UTC)

Definition of a classical tragedy - the protagonist is brought to his doom by his virtues. In this case, loyalty.

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 20th November 2014 23:05 (UTC)

True that, same with Finwe.

Posted by: Simon (prunesquallormd)
Posted at: 20th November 2014 23:45 (UTC)

Fabulous as ever :)

I'm curious about the '1 of their years = 10 of our years' thing. Admittedly, I've only read The Silmarillion, LOTR and The Hobbit so I probably missed it, but I wondered how that works? Is it stated somewhere or did you extrapolate from other information?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 21st November 2014 00:37 (UTC)

It's in the 'Annals of Aman', which is published as part of the History of Middle-earth series.

Tolkien made various attempts at a chronology/timeline of the First Age, none of which are entirely complete, but this one - written in the 1950s - is the most detailed, and so it's the one I'm using as my reference.

A Valian year equalled 1,000 'days' of the Two Trees (the time for each of them to blossom and fade again). When the Valar made the Sun and Moon, they originally planned for one year of the Sun to equal one-tenth of a year of the Trees - but the Sun was slightly slow on his path, so one solar year was actually 0.10436 of a Valian year instead of 0.1.

Or put the other way, a Valian year is 9.582 solar years. But in these cartoons I generally use a round 10-1 ratio for simplicity - and because Tolkien himself often did the same.

Trivia: the year Fëanor was exiled was YT 1490. The Elves were created in YT 1050, so the oldest Elves in existence are currently 440 Valian years old (4400 solar years). Fëanor was born in YT 1179 (or 1169).

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