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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 203 - Batsignal

9th April 2015 (12:16)

Some more characters we've not seen for a long time!

For Sauron's song, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsIfeALyEnA (I hope after they made that video they fished those bottles out of the river again...)

Part 203: Batsignal

Next time: Part 204: Rescue mission

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: 11th April 2015 16:48 (UTC)

If he'd been as clueless as you portray him

I don't portray Sauron as clueless, though. I portray him as naive, over-enthusiastic and with a bad case of hero-worship, but also intelligent and competent at what he does, when Morgoth gives him a chance. (Which is rarely, because Morgoth is contemptuous of him. But Morgoth is contemptuous of everybody; increasingly so as time goes by.)

In effect, I'm depicting Sauron as immature. If these cartoons ever reach the Second Age, then you'd see a Sauron who has grown up, and asserted himself as someone independent of Morgoth.

the "pet dog" was officially one of the toughest, most badass and hardest-to-beat creatures of all time, ever, and Sauron had been willing to go claw-to-claw in single combat against it anyway

Yes, because he thought he had the cheat code. He knew how Huan could be beaten.

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 13th April 2015 01:56 (UTC)

I don't take issue with your portrayal of Sauron, BTW. I think it's kind of hilarious, and I know this project is part faithful adaptation and part comic strip. I just wondered where this portrayal came from because I didn't really get far into the HoME books. (I only made it up to the Books of Lost Tales.)

And honestly, my eyes kind of glazed over during the Silmarillion, too... full disclosure.

Edited at 2015-04-13 01:57 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 13th April 2015 09:06 (UTC)

I try to always comment in the introduction if I'm using a story from HoMe or my own extrapolation; but I do definitely consider this a "retelling" rather than a straightforward adaptation of the Silmarillion into cartoon format.

For one thing, Tolkien himself often wrote multiple contradictory accounts of the same events and characters, so it's not like there's a single 'official' canon interpretation of many things.

I didn't really get far into the HoME books

I actually did similar to you: started with the Book of Lost Tales and got bogged down and gave it up. But later on I found that 'Morgoth's Ring' and the 'War of the Jewels' were more interesting to read; and after that, it gave me the motivation to go back to the earlier works.

I've not read the whole of HoMe straight through cover-to-cover, though. It's more something to dip into.

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