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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 225 - Move 'em out!

29th June 2015 (20:16)

"Who's going to rule the Noldor who are left?" is a question Tolkien left unanswered. There are fan theories.

Part 225: Move 'em out!

Next time: Part 226: See me rolling

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: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 29th June 2015 20:14 (UTC)

Never actually thought about that....since Indis, Nerdanel and Findis are off to join the Vanyar....Mathan? Curufin's wife? I can't think of anybody else... though presumably Anaire's and Eldalote's fathers would also have been high ranking if their daughters were in positions to get close and get noticed by Fingolfin and Angrod. So perhaps one of them.

Anaire would be a candidate too, perhaps if you assume she stayed in Tirion straight away rather than turning back with Finarfin, but I always assumed the latter.

What's your theory?

Edited at 2015-06-29 20:16 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th June 2015 20:41 (UTC)

My theory is that Findis, Anairë, Irimë and Eärwen all try and persuade Nerdanel to be Regent, because she's the wife of the High King. Nerdanel is highly reluctant, because she doesn't want anything from Fëanor even indirectly, and also she doesn't want power. Neither do any of the others, so they're at an impasse.

It's entirely uncanonical but I do like the idea that eventually they decide to hold elections and let all the remaining Noldor vote for a term-limited ruler. :) (When Finarfin returns he's rather taken aback by this, but eventually settles into the role of constitutional, figurehead monarch.)

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 30th June 2015 10:42 (UTC)

Well, according to Tolkien Irime went with Fingolfin, because she loved him most of all her kin and was known as Lalwen in Beleriand.

Aside from that (and that in my head Anaire and Earwen only turned back after Alqualonde) I saw the post-Rebellion government of the Noldor in a similar way with a sort of council replacing the absolute monarch.
But that's probably our modern sensibilities influencing our views :-)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 30th June 2015 15:56 (UTC)

Good catch on Irimë; i'd forgotten the line in The Shibboleth of Fëanor that she went to Beleriand.

Actually, while it would be perfectly in character for Fëanor not to care who was left in charge of the 'cowards' who remained in Tirion, I can imagine Fingolfin sparing some thought for it. Even if all he said was, "Choose someone to rule you".

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