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Comments For Atanatari: Of the Three Houses of the Edain
It's a haunting little snippet of invented folklore--a cross between poetry and dark nursery rhyme. Not sure how I missed it before. Oral history often survives periods of oppression and serves as a spark of light and hope when things are very dark. Like many short-shorts or drabbles, this one feels more like a magnificient plot bunny than a story within itself.
Thank you very much, Oshun! Good to hear that this caught your interest.
I guess I think of it as a kind of prose poem, inviting the reader to think about recurring situations and how mothers and children have to deal with them.
I had been reading EverleighBain's stories about Rangers and their children, I think, which may have influenced me, although it's not directly related.
A longer story could be written but it would probably be more specific and, as I see it, an entirely other animal.
That said, I remembered yesterday that I have an OFC named Glorwendil, who was a ringleader in the uprising during the War of Wrath. She could be one of those First Age children. Maybe I will write more about her one day.
I like this sequence (and I remember liking it from tolkien_weekly). It's both sweet and sad.
It was Oshun, I recall, who pointed out originally that Lalaith might quite have liked Turin to play with her, perhaps.
Such a loss to the whole family, that little girl.
Seeing these again on SWG has reminded me how much I like this collection of fics! They're beautifully written and very emotionally satisfying to immerse onself in.
I like how this one manages to be whimsical and painfully sad at the same time. The unfinished owl trapped in stone is something that I could imagine happening on a literal level, and an appropriate representation of Finrod's fate, but it also seems like it could be foreshadowing of how neither Turin nor Finduilas is able to escape their own fate, so their life becomes something beautifully started but remaining half-finished.
Thank you very much!
Once you start thinking about it, I guess the owl could even stand in for Beleriand as a whole--or the fate of both the Noldor and the Edain.
But I'm glad that it also works for you on quite a literal level.
Ah, these are all beautiful and subtly heart-breaking -- as one expects from you!
Thank you very much!