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Comments For Family and Wolves
Oh, I see, you also tend to the opinion that Huan must be some Maia of Orome, somehow bound to the shape he has once chosen.
I like your version of blurring the difference between Thingol's younger brother Elmo and Beren, and the reference to Finrod.
But somehow in my mind Elmo is changed into an orc, don't know, if it is canon, or from the several fanfictions dealing with it.
There's only one line about Elmo from canon - the footnote explaining that he's Elu and Olwë's younger brother, father of Galadhon who was father of Gaalthil and Celeborn. Despite that slim reed, I must admit he is my favorite minor elf character (just off the sheer fun of telling someone there's a Tolkien elf named Elmo, plus the possibilities of stories about teh Eglath and Sindar he provides). Huan as a Maia of Oromë is one of those things that I'm not sure has a quote anywhere in HoME, but seems so obviously implied by canon that I can't imagine otherwise.
That Beren has a couple similarities to Thingol tends to amuse me- and that Thingol does this 180 in attitude towards his son-in-law I always found moving. Their mutual connection to Finrod was there, but only after hindsight after coming up with my possible explanation for Elmo's death did I realise there was a story there about parallels.
Captivating! I adore the way you blend the actual action with the turbulence of Thingol's thoughts and memories. Thank you for sharing :)
Thank you! I wasn't sure how effective the stream-of-conscious thoughts as written were, but I'm glad it worked for you as the reader. The contrast between epic battle in the background to the intimacy of Thingol holding Beren and how his own thoughts alternate between frantic and frozen was something I knew how it'd be filmed, but to put into prose is a whole other kettle of fish.