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Comments For Character of the Month Biographies
There is so much to love about this biography! I’d forgotten all about “and in his wrath he smote Orgof with a cup.” There is nothing not to love about a knock-down-drag-them-out-fight-in-the-mead-hall, in the great northern tradition of story telling (Tolkien is showing his roots here)! There is so much to glean out of those early versions (and sadly I find them dense and turgid reading—I should have read them first and then the rest would have seemed easier rather than these seeming difficult). Anyway, I love it so much when you delve deeply into them and break them down for me into the relevant details.
I loved this comment!! “Saeros might have feared that Túrin would become the real star of Thingol’s court, and he himself – like Antonio Salieri in Miloš Forman’s Amadeus – would be forced to accept his being the second best.” Alas, however, to anyone who runs afoul of Turin or those who stay on his good side as well, I suppose. I have to agree with you that he was a bully and had it coming! But somehow still think he got caught in the wake of Turin cursed existence.
This is an impressively documented biography—you’re making me feel lazy. I need to up my game, I think. I particularly loved the table of comparing the three most basic sources. Very useful in this case (as such method might be in many of the more complicated and convoluted variations of character development over time we encounter in Tolkien’s body of work).
Thanks so much for another stellar contribution.
Author's Response: Thank you, Oshun, so much for your lovely comment and your kind words about my work :) I have to admit that Saeros surprised me and his bio kept on growing and Dawn and I even discussed whether I should cut it in half. I'm really happy that I kept it in one piece. And I'm beyond happy to hear that it's interesing. I wasn't sure whether or not to include all those early versions in the beginning, so it's truly great that my idea worked. Thank you so much again! And sorry for having you wait so long for my response. (((hugs)))
Great bio, Binka!
I find I had forgotten quite a number of those details, including the friendship with Daeron, although, come to think of it, I believe it features in one of your fics?
A very problematic character, Saeros, but interesting! And the implications about Thingol's court are interesting, too.
Author's Response: Yes, Saeros and Daeron both appear in my "Once Upon a Springtime in Doriath"! :) Thank you so, so much for reading and taking the time to comment on this bio. I'm really happy to hear that you find it interesting.