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Comments For Character of the Month Biographies
An interesting summary of a minor but influential character! You bring up things that I hadn't thought of before, like Dorlas's long history of defying Brandir's orders. I like how you trace the different versions, and it was especially interesting to me that Tolkien in his revisions made the repeating patterns in Turin's life and the parallels to Nargothrond even stronger.
Thank you very much!
I'm so glad you found the bio worth reading and thinking about!
Very thorough examination and comparison, thanks so much for all of the hard work.
Not a happy story--good summary of the guy:
Dorlas ends outmatched in every way by the man he owed allegiance to, whom he underrated, undermined, and insulted--but he has also, by his relentless goading, pushed a wise and gentle man into committing manslaughter.
One of those characters I want to smack! Nothing like a heavy serving of ill-will, ill-fate, malice, and stupidity to cheer a reader up!
Thank you very much, Oshun, for reading and for your generous comments!
Perhaps I was almost too thorough, for such an unpopular character! But it did strike me, the more I looked into it, that Tolkien had devoted quite a lot of care to how he portrayed him.
A fascinating and well-researched analysis, Himring! I'll definitely be bookmarking this for future reference.
Thank you very much, GG!
Good to see you back!
I see you've posted another chapter of the Ulfang story.
I found this posted early (before newsletter publication) and couldn't restrain from reading it instantly before being officially invited to do so. It's very thorough and makes a confusing tale much clearer than it had been in my mind. I especially like the point by point comparison between the earlier and later version. Also, appreciate your points on the contradictory nature of Tolkien social conservatism and how it manifests itself particularly in this series of episodes and these characters. Really well done! I am certain it will be useful to me many times in the future.
Thank you very much, Oshun! I'm glad you like it and hope it really will be useful!
This is an intense and complex biography. I am so happy that you wrote this one, because I could not have done it half as well. I am fascinated about the parts of the Narn that cover her story and really owe them a careful re-reading. I love the reference to a possible parallel in Eowyn remarks with the story of Aerin. I am sure at some point, there will be an occasion for you to examine that connection more closely and refer to it.
Thank you very much, Oshun!
Of course, Aerin's story is a depressing one, because that is what almost all of the stories in the Narn are! But I have always liked her nevertheless and it has struck me how much strength would be required, just keeping going in that situation for so long.
I actually did write the discussion about Eowyn and Aerin--I wrote it for the August non-fiction challenge for the LOTR community. I never cross-posted it, because it was written in a hurry and I was hoping to revise it--my mistake, I should have known that I wasn't going to get round to any revisions for quite a while!
(I've also wondered whether the original version from the Tales could be salvageable for a fan fiction. You would have to change the names, of course, and some of the setting as well.)
Oh, what a great bio! Children of Húrin is full of so many fascinating ladies, of whom Aerin is not the least. And like all of them, she got something of the short end of the stick.
I have always found the House of Hador & the Edain of Dór-lomin very fascinating (and after the Nirnaeth, quite tragic). Tolkien seemed to imply a great about the political situation in Hithlum in the years before, during and after the Bragollach, without actually going into any interesting details, so your discussion of that--which works as context not just for Aerin, but also Húrin, Túrin and the rest of their family--here is very helpful.
Thank you! I'm so glad you found this bio helpful!
I've written a couple of shorter stories about Aerin and also about others of the House of Hador. But this is the first time I've tried to tackle the subject in the format of a bio!
I also had some vague thoughts about Aerin and Eowyn--you know the conversation with Aragorn where Eowyn talks about being burnt with the house? But I didn't manage to work them out in time for this (because I don't think it's a straightforward allusion or comparison), and, in any case, I'm not sure a bio like this is the best place to do so.