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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 223 - Custody battle

22nd June 2015 (17:00)

This episode is from HoMe. Is Nerdanel merely being pessimistic or is she speaking words of prophecy (in the actual, literal sense)?  You decide...

Part 223: Custody battle

Next time: Part 224: Leadership contest.

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: 22nd June 2015 18:59 (UTC)
El 2

Just think how very different things would have been if he'd listened to his wife!

Not necessarily better, either!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 22nd June 2015 21:41 (UTC)

THe thing is. it's too late because their sons have all sworn the Oath as well, so they have to go with Fëanor. (The narrative skates over that part, it seems to me.)

He should have listened to her earlier, though, definitely. :)

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 22nd June 2015 19:21 (UTC)

Poor Nerdanel. I often wish at least Amrod would have stayed with her.

Anyway I love how you portray Feanor clearly still caring about Nerdanel (just not enough to just forget the whole thing). Since he was introduced you managed to show me Feanor in a whole new light.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 22nd June 2015 21:45 (UTC)

Nerdanel is, basically, the only elf who's doomed to be a widow to the end of time. (Apart from the whole Indis-Míriel-Finwë revolving door business). I have a lot of sympathy for her.

I've also never seen Fëanor as evil; just doomed by his flaws.

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 23rd June 2015 01:52 (UTC)


Widow and most likely without any of her children till the end of time, they all swore that oath after all and iirc only Eur can release them from it.
At least she'll have her daughters in law and (probably) Celebrimbor :-/

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 23rd June 2015 08:18 (UTC)

Actually, it's only Fëanor who is specifically called out as being held in Mandos until the end of time - his sons aren't mentioned. Neither is Maeglin, who I'd say did worse deeds - and in Tolkien's world view nobody is beyond redemption.

I'm sure they'd be in Mandos for a long, long time though.

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 23rd June 2015 14:02 (UTC)

I'm always fascinated by these ancient myths (which Tolkien was emulating here) that assign a magical weight to words. Once an oath is sworn, it's almost physically impossible to go back on it, no matter what the consequences.

It probably goes all the way back to the dawn of spoken language, which must have had such a transformative effect on human life as to seem supernatural.

Edited at 2015-06-23 14:02 (UTC)

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