September 16th, 2013


The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 65: Brought to bay

Today's cartoon contains an easter egg for Harry Potter fans who speak ancient Aramaic! :)

There isn't much flashy and obvious magic described in Tolkien's works, but there are two interesting exceptions. In the Silmarillion, Lúthien stands outside Sauron's fortress of Tol-in-Gaurhoth and causes it to collapse into dust with the mere sound of her voice. And in the Appendices to the Lord of the Rings, Galadriel apparently does something very similar to Dol Guldur:

"Celeborn came forth and led the host of Lórien over Anduin in many boats. They took Dol Guldur, and Galadriel threw down its walls and laid bare its pits, and the forest was cleansed."

I'm assuming she used magic, rather than physically going around with a sledgehammer knocking down the walls. :) And I don't think it's coincidental that her first cousin once removed did the same thing to another of Sauron's fortresses a few thousand years earlier. For the purpose of this series, I've assumed it's a special power given to Magical Princesses and Faery Queens in Middle-earth; so Varda Elentári naturally qualifies.


Part 64: Did the Earth move?

Next time: Part 66: A fair fight

Chibis by
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!