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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 190 - Charging - clear!

23rd February 2015 (12:27)

There may be a theme to this current run of titles. :)

Trivia for the day: when Tolkien first wrote this section of the story, he hadn't yet come up with the idea of Míriel's death and Finwë's remarriage to Indis - so Fëanor just said, "I will be the first Elf to die in Aman". Once Tolkien decided that the honour actually belonged to Fêanor's mother, he had to re-write this dialogue to be 'the first to be slain'.

Also, in the original draft it was Ulmo who said Aulë's lines about "give him time", so I gave Ulmo a speaking part in the scene anyway.

Part 190: Charging - clear!

Next time: Part 191: We're losing him...

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: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 26th February 2015 10:54 (UTC)

I kind of do believe it, though.

The thing about Tolkien's elves is, their spirits are in far greater control of their bodies than is true for humans. They can endure for days with little food or sleep (36 years chained to a mountain, in Maedhros's case), they can walk over the top of fresh-fallen snow without breaking the crust. They're just more spiritual and less material than humans.

So if an elf's spirit decides 'I can't handle this any more, I want to die', I can imagine their body simply shutting down its functions in obedience to its spirit's will.

"But the starlight was quenched and darkness had fallen even upon Lúthien Tinúviel. (...) But the spirit of Lúthien fell down into darkness, and at the last it fled, and her body lay like a flower that is suddenly cut off and lies for a while unwithered on the grass. Then a winter, as it were the hoar age of mortal Men, fell upon Thingol, but Lúthien came to the halls of Mandos..."

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