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Reviews For Character of the Month Biographies
Thoroughly researched, excellently thought out and well written. A pleasure to read :) Thank you!
Thank you so much! I'm so thrilled by the feedback.
This is very thorough! I really liked it.
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Very thought-provoking! Thank you for this.
Thank you, Himring! It was an interesting bio to write.
You already know I love this! It's so well done, not only the research but the conclusions you draw about Orodreth's personality and actions.
Great biography--extremely thorough and detailed. I am very glad to have access to the various evolutions and transformations of the texts relating to Orodreth presented in an orderly manner. I am also always happy to read speculation and opinions upon those alterations and the direction in which they might have been moving also.
I do agree with you in general that there are characters that Tolkien adores more than others. He loves Finrod (Finrod is a real renaissance man! and is the star of the Golden House of Finarfin--he gets better play in the texts than his father even) and JRRT is very fond of Fingon also, despite Fingon reflecting more of the less saintly side of the Finweans. (Actually, taken as a whole, he seems very fond of the Noldorin princes in general despite while being critical of them and casting that horrible doom over them!)
But poor Orodreth is not one of Tolkien's favorites. He is, however, one of the good guys, which makes him important in this story so filled with glamorous bad guys and doomed souls. Orodreth is IMHO a case where further insight from the author and some polishing might have given us a better story. It's relative though. The entire Silmarillion is unfinished and is still epic!
I enjoyed the bio very much and am sure I will find it useful in the future.
Thank you, Oshun! And also thanks for your comments on the penultimate draft. It was a very satisfying bio to write, and I hope people will find it useful.
I agree that Tolkien seems to like many of the princes of the Noldor, and the eldest of them especially. Even the likes of Maedhros and Maglor get a lot of positive attention paid to them, even while they also commit terrible deeds. I adore Finrod also, which begs the question, do so many of us love characters like Finrod, Fingon, etc. because Tolkien put such loving effort into them? Probably, at least to some extent.
I think that it's his UN-glamorousness that makes Orodreth interesting (at least after writing this!). I've been as guilty as anyone of not really paying him any great mind, but the more I read, I was surprised how much potential for depth there was. That would be one of my "if you could ask Tolkien one thing" questions: what were you doing with poor Orodreth?
Glad you enjoyed it!