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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 200 - Thieves' quarrel

30th March 2015 (13:50)

Issue 200. We're scored a double century!

I dealt with my problem with how Morgoth must have really huge hands if he was holding the entire treasure pillaged from Formenos in one of them, by giving him a sack to hold. :)

Part 200: Thieves' quarrel

Next time: Part 201: Blisters on my fingers

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: 30th March 2015 15:25 (UTC)

My assumption is that it's simple selfishness and greed. Morgoth doesn't care about the gems in themselves; he only cares that he has them so nobody else can. He's consumed by jealous rage at anything that's not entirely under his control.

Money isn't really mentioned either way as far as I know. In the Third Age they use money in the Shire and Bree, and so do the Dwarves. In a note Tolkien mentions that there was a silver penny used in Gondor and gives the Common and Sindarin names for it. (Castar and mirian). But whether the Dúnedain invented money themselves or learned the concept from the Elves, we don't know.

(When in doubt, I usually assume that Middle-earth economic and social customs are similar to those of heroic-age Germany/Scandinavia/England unless otherwise noted.)

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