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This is a very interesting and comprehensive assay.
It shines light on Míriel's story and character, but more important to me, is the context in which some of the Valar are shown, as well as Finwë.
One cannot "wish" for something to be different in a fantasy story which this history is part of. But if I could, I'd say that had Finwë a little more patience, or had the Valar understood their role to be the guardians of the habitation, NOT of the children, the history of the Eldar might have been a bit easier.
Of course, it would also lack the mighty characters of Indis' children, who some of them, we love so much.
Thank you for a in-depth character stady which I enjoyed reading.
Oh, thanks, Scarlet! I am thrilled. I put a lot into that one, along with Finwe's. I am pretty convinced that Tolkien did not intend his Valar to be considered perfect. Who would want to give up Indis' children and grandchilren. Big stories all and the heart of the Silmarillion, along with Feanor's passionate brood, of course.
That was interesting. I liked the idea of Míriel as an artist who might not have looked at her husbands plans for a large family with much enthusiasm. That view on her makes her actions more understandable, I think. Especially if by bearing they really poured parts of their spirit into the children: that would be more painful to someone who wanted her strenght for herself, to create.
I missed this before! What a treat. I put a lot of thought into Míriel. I am so happy that you found it interesting.