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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 276 - Going into hiding

21st March 2016 (16:09)

So — back to Valinor. We last saw these guys in #256, just after the Kinslaying of Alqualondë.

The reactions of Vána and Aulë here are based on the Book of Lost Tales version of the story, which I'm going to be drawing on for extra details. Aulë is mad at the Noldor because he's taken their rebellion as a personal slight against him, after all the help and training he gave them.

The hours are 'measureless' because without the Trees, there's no easy way to tell the time. :) (Though having said that, I wonder if the stars were already rising and setting once per solar day?)


    Part 276: Going into hiding



    Next time: Part 277: Vána's plan

    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!

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    Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
    Posted at: 21st March 2016 20:09 (UTC)
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    Wow, Vána is out-crying Nienna.

    The flower in her hand is kept alive by her angelic light, I guess. :-)

    Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
    Posted at: 21st March 2016 21:49 (UTC)

    It's a plastic flower...

    Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
    Posted at: 22nd March 2016 14:41 (UTC)

    Poor Vana, she was so central to the older versions of the mythology, and then almost completely vanished from it.

    Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
    Posted at: 23rd March 2016 03:08 (UTC)

    I know she was heavily involved with the Trees (both their creation, and making a replacement for them) but what else did she do of note?

    Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
    Posted at: 24th March 2016 18:27 (UTC)

    Well pretty much that, the Sun was even called the "Lamp of Vana" (or something similar) in her honor because she created it and sacrificed her golden hair so it could be woven into a sail for the sunship.
    She was howeve also one of the first two Valar to propose that the Elves should be invited to Valinor (together with Yavanna)
    And she gave Orome some of her hair (again) so he could create one of the three remaining paths to Valinor out of it.

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