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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 215 - Melian's support

25th May 2015 (15:51)

Canon actually describes the Girdle of Melian as "an unseen wall of shadow and bewilderment", but you can't draw an 'unseen wall' so I used artistic licence. :).

Bonus geek points for anyone who can translate what Melian says in the bottom left.

Part 215: Melian's support

Next time: Part 216: Put a girdle around the world

Chibis by the now-dead website formerly known as 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: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 25th May 2015 21:20 (UTC)

Yay Melian! Good catch on the "interference" part, when I was younger I was often annoyed that it was Thingo who ruled Doriath, when Melian was both more powerful and smarter than him.
It wasn't until much later that I realized she's an Ainu and if she took leadership of Doriath she'd run into the danger of going down Morgoth's path (she took enough risks birthing Luthien)

Also like the idea of Luthien wanting to help defend her people. She and Finrod are pretty much DnD bards with their magic songs.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th May 2015 22:06 (UTC)

Thanks! I get the impression Melian was breaking a lot of rules with what she did, but it was still part of The Plan. I can imagine Yavanna giving her the old, "Your mission to Middle-earth does not officially exist; if you are caught I will have to disavow you" speech before she set off to meet Thingol...

The other thing about Thingol is that he's an elf, ruling elves. For a Maia to rule them might seem a little, well, colonial. (Although while I show Melian with wings and a halo here, my impression is that in canon, she didn't just create a body that looked like an elf's; she created one that actually was elven in all respects. That's why she could have children with it.)

I see Lúthien as having led a sheltered life because her father is insanely over-protective, but her heart's in the right place.

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 26th May 2015 14:18 (UTC)

I think Melian is saying "Fence, protect us."

Either that or "Klaatu barada nikto."

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 26th May 2015 15:03 (UTC)

'Let there be a protective fence', actually. Close!

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