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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 258 - Crossing the Rubicon

14th December 2015 (09:28)

I'm sure Araman had many more terrain features than shown,. but unfortunately Tolkien's only map of the place was an extremely rough large-scale pencil sketch.

    Part 258 Crossing the Rubicon

    Next time: Part 259: They called me mad! Me!! Mad!!!!

    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: 14th December 2015 15:36 (UTC)

    Agreeing on Aruman having more features than shown, I think the same holds true for the whole of Aman. I bet Eldamar had way more settlements and landmarks than just Tirion and Alqualonde. It's most likely also true for Beleriand and the area of Middle Earth shown in the LoTR map.

    Because of this event (Feanor abandoning the rest of the Noldor) I always assumed the Feanorian faction in Beleriand had a much more militarized population than Fingolfin's and Finrod's lands, who probably were left with the bulk of the civillians.

    Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
    Posted at: 14th December 2015 16:21 (UTC)

    I'm inclined to think that Tirion was the only Noldor city in Eldamar, but there'd certainly be outlying villages and farmsteads and mining communities and so forth.

    The Teleri I suspect often wandered in small bands up and down the coast, or lived in ships in the Bay, and treated Alqualondë as their 'home port' as it were.

    The Fëanorians being more militarised is certainly supported by Maedhros volunteering to defend the most dangerous part of the siege lines around Angband. On the other hand, I don't think the term 'civilians' really applies; all the Noldor were civilians until the Exile. At most, the most daring/aggressive/warlike in mood among them might have chosen to follow Fëanor rather than Fingolfin.

    Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
    Posted at: 14th December 2015 18:48 (UTC)

    Yeah I agree on Tirion being the only city, but I imagine a lot of the Noldor (even some Finweans like Finarfin and Irime) living like English gentry in estates and manor houses in the countryside. I'm also imagining Mathan's people as a sort of "sub-tribe" living in mining villages.
    With the Teleri I'm too attached to the BoLT version where many of them live in cottages on the beach or in grottos and Alqualonde is (like you say) there home port. I also agree with them probably travelling around a lot.

    Yeah I agree "civillians" is a bit of a wonky term her, but I still had the feeling that even in exile there were some Noldor who could be classified as non-combatands. I also somehow imagined that Fingolfin was left with the bulk of women and children.

    Man thinking like that makes me sad again that Tolkien did not have the chance to put these tales into a shape akin to the Lord of the Rings...

    Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
    Posted at: 15th December 2015 15:05 (UTC)

    Giant Fëanor wading across the sea with swan ships trailing behind him reminds me of a scene from Gulliver's Travels.

    No doubt that's how Fëanor saw himself, too.

    Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
    Posted at: 15th December 2015 17:09 (UTC)

    Maybe the swan ships actually were that big? I mean, transporting tens of thousands of people across an Atlantic-sized ocean needs either big ships or a whole lot of them...

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