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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 216 - Put a girdle around the world

28th May 2015 (18:24)

Will anyone come to rescue the Sindar? Tune in next week to find out!

Also, because i'm feeling silly, a bonus.

Part 216: Put a girdle around the world

Next time: Part 217: Rebel rebel

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: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 28th May 2015 21:07 (UTC)
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Oh I do love Melian's girdle!

I wonder if Thingol had a girdle fetish?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th May 2015 23:01 (UTC)

Given that the Girdle of Melian was presumably several hundred miles in circumference, I doubt it. :)

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 29th May 2015 12:26 (UTC)

Well the 'girdle" Tolkien meant was just the word for "belt" in the somewhat archaic style he wrote in ;-)

Still a bloody hilarious picture though! And the description XD

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th May 2015 15:01 (UTC)

I still wouldn't like to meet someone whose belt was several hundred miles long!

Though I wonder if there actually is any theoretical limit on the size of an Ainu's physical manifestation. Yavanna takes the form of a tree sometimes. Could Varda take the form of a star? (As in, a million-kilometre-across ball of nuclear fire.)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 29th May 2015 13:52 (UTC)

Of course where Beren was concerned, the Girdle of Melian was no match for the Suspenders of Lúthien.

(Just kidding, it's highly unlikely that Lúthien ever wore stockings.)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th May 2015 15:11 (UTC)

But how else would she keep her legs warm when she went running through the forest of Neldoreth in the middle of winter?


Tolkien's own drawings of his wife Edith in 1918. We all know he based Lúthien on her, and these drawings were made at the same general time that she went dancing amid the hemlock-umbels in a forest clearing, and she's definitely wearing stockings in some of those drawings!. Ergo, Lúthien also wore stockings. :)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 29th May 2015 15:33 (UTC)

Heh... I like how he didn't dare try to draw her face...

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 30th May 2015 16:37 (UTC)

What about Eol, that left Doriath in that time because the girdle was set by his house, and gave Thingol a sword that became Beleg's sword and later Turin's?

Did you forget him?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 1st June 2015 17:04 (UTC)


(I've never been keen on that particular story.)

Also, I think I prefer the idea of Eol being one of the Avari than him being yet another of Thingol's kinsmen. Narratively, too, it doesn't really fit the concept of a beleaguered and surrounded Doriath beset by enemies, if someone is just going to say, "I don't like it here, I'm going to live outside the barrier!" I think it works better if Eol goes to Nan Elmoth to hide from the Sun when it rises.

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