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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 171 - Changing the guard

24th November 2014 (21:50)

Strictly speaking this is a Roman Catholic universe and there's no such thinng as divorce (at least for Elves) so Nerdanel's characterisation of Fëanor is poetic licence.

Part 171: Changing the guard

Next time: Part 172: New homes

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: 25th November 2014 00:13 (UTC)

"A bunch of very silly people"? Aw, Indis. Keep practicing. ;)

I like how Maglor is carrying his mandolin with him into the northern hills. These are the same people who think a harp is essential equipment for a rescue mission, after all. (I know, spoilers.)

I know no one cares but me, but did Curufin's wife and son come along to Formenos?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th November 2014 03:02 (UTC)

'Very silly people' is beyond harsh when it's Indis saying it. :)

(Though I do like the fanon that back at Cuiviénen Indis and the other Vanyar did things like hunt mammoths with flint spears, and underneath that blonde-bimbo exterior she's actually an extremely dangerous person if you get her angry.)

Curufin's son certainly did; I suspect his wife did too, but I haven't designed a chibi for her.Though maybe she emulated Nerdanel and stayed with her mother-in-law?

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 25th November 2014 00:41 (UTC)

Well it's easy Indis, you are the official Queen Mother of the Noldor....unless Fingolfin is a regent rather than king then you are still queen(which would make more sense, but, I think the text says he's king while Feanor and Finwe are at Formenos)

Though the question is really how much ruling any of those kings did,

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th November 2014 03:32 (UTC)

The text only says that Fingolfin "ruled the Noldor", not what title he used. Finwë does say that he considers himself "unkinged" while his son is in exile, but whether that extended to officially making Fingolfin king is unknown.

In the 'Etymologies' Tolkien does say that there were two words for 'king' in Quenya. Táro meant "legitimate king of the whole tribe" and was Finwë's title (and also Ingwë's, while Thingol used the Sindarin version tór). Tári was the feminine, as in Elentári 'Queen of the Stars'.

There was also the word haran (or aran in Sindarin - erain is the plural, as in 'Fornost Erain') That was a more general name for 'king' or 'ruler', especially in the sense of 'person with authority over a particular territory'. Haran would be the word used in Quenya to say 'King of Nargothrond' or 'King of Gondolin', or indeed 'King of Tirion'.

My suspicion, though Tolkien doesn't say this, is that haran would be the title used by Fingolfin while his father was absent.

I tend to imagine Elven kings and their courts engaging in a lot of elaborate rituals, simply as a way of passing the time and because they enjoy it (Elves are immortal and by their nature don't feel boredom), though they can presumably act decisively or informally when they wish.

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