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Oh wow, so many factoids I completely missed! Finrod lover of giant amounts of bling...and part time wizard? Somehow I got the impression that Tolkien wanted only the Istari to be "wizards". I recall reading something about how the magic of the Elves was in reality just highly developed art ( maybe it was just Haldir's quote on it though). Then again, that might be their own perspective on it: a song battle would definitely require more than just a good voice, or American Idol would be a different story entirely.
I am so glad you liked Finrod’s biography. It is one of my favorites. There are a lot of definitions for wizard. Tolkien has his own; then there is the whole Harry Potter world, of course. And the legends of Merlin and Arthur, etc. But however one formally defines elf-magic or those with preternatural powers within Tolkien’s work, Finrod was special in a variety of ways. He used whatever one would call elf-magic (as did Fëanor or Maglor or Daeron, and Galadriel, etc.). I would definitely call Finrod a wizard by the most basic dictionary definitions of the word within the English language: one who has special powers, esp. in legends and fairy tales—magical ones; wonderful; excellent; a skilled or clever person. People are often distracted by Feanor’s accomplishments, the role of Galadriel in LotR, the enormous influence of Celebrimbor’s creations, and the heroic and flamboyant courage of Maedhros and Fingon to underestimate or overlook Finrod. Until I did the research for this piece, I had no idea how BIG he really was. What a cast of characters Tolkien created for us!
Reviewer: Alquawende Anonymous [Report This]
Date: November 24, 2009 - 11:07 am
Title: Finrod Felagund
Oshun, I was so happy to find one about Finrod! I really enjoyed reading this. I think you did very well writing it.
Btw, might want to change Finarfin to Finrod.
>>It appears that Finarfin is not only among the wisest of the Elven leaders, he is wise in the sense not only of the ñolmë and kurwë, often ascribed to the Noldor as a people in general, but he is said to epitomize ingolë, which seems to encompass both of the previous forms of wisdom and then add something unique, one might even call it Elven magic.
Pandemonium, I loved the drawing. XD
Author's Response: Alqua, hi! Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Nice to know a Finrod lover enjoyed it. I really enjoyed writing it. It was--a big surprise to me--my longest one so far. (Even longer than the one I wrote about Fingon who is my obsession). Finrod was a complex character to cover.
Thank you also for spotting and noting the typo. I will see if I can get Dawn to correct it.