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Comments For Character of the Month Biographies
It seemed to me that there were quite a number of women in the Silm but I'd like to know the ratio of women to men because for sure there are many more men than women. I mean just look at the Finwians: Feanor - seven sons, no daughters! Fingolfin - two sons, one daughter, and Finarfin - three sons, one daughter! That's 12:3 just for the Finwians! Hardly true to life, is it?
I love that Tolkien's genius as a writer carried him beyond his personal beliefs and prejudices, but I adknowledge that he is still hampered by them.
I also love the idea of exploring the material for essay material. There is certainly no lack of fodder.
You're very welcome and oh gosh, please don't rush to read anything! Look at me! I'm gradually catching up on things I have to read - I haven't even finished The Princess and the Horse Lord for Eru's sake. And there were so many awesome-sounding recs from B2MEM last month that it's going to take me awhile to read all of those too!
I first of all owe you an apology for taking so much longer than I anticipated in telling you how much I adored this bio! In the rush to get the newsletter finished (it felt so much more a pita this month, probably because of just getting back from travel), I didn't get to show much appreciation, and it is very much deserved.
Of course, I love the connections to myth and ancient story and the application of Monsters & Critics to the legendarium. Especially your point about Glaurung's "psychological warfare" makes it impossible to believe that these are mere monsters, best for gracing children's tales. Especially given that Tolkien was himself a veteran, I have to wonder whether Glaurung, in addition to the fear of pain and death that he represented, didn't also embody the fear in all of us that we will one day be forced to discover just what we are capable of and find we are not as noble as we want to believe.
I have been lately thinking a lot about the "northern courage" of the Noldor. (I can't think too much about Turin, as it is bloody depressing!) This essay is definitely provoking some interesting thoughts in this direction, namely how Glaurung--the quintessential Northern foe!--in himself embodies the futility of what the Noldor strive against ... and yet strive they do. It is fitting that Glaurung's death comes only at the hand of one whom he simultaneously kills, much as Beowulf only kills his own dragon by accepting death himself. (Tolkien seemed to like that device, especially in relation to the killing of Balrogs, and I hadn't really seen the Northern connection till now.)
Of course, the connections to The Hobbit and Smaug are intriguing. (I always wonder how much of TH--such as the Arkenstone--Tolkien borrowed from the Silm, not expecting that the Silm would ever be published.)
Finally, I just have to say that one of the things I consistently love about your bios is that you make summarizing the texts into an art form. You actually manage to create suspense and paint vivid pictures. In a biography. This is part of the reason, I think, why your bios are always so engaging and readable.
You are really kind! Your constant encouragement is what makes me able to churn them out every month.
As you well know, I am quite the Noldor lover. I think I like them so much, not because they are perfect, they certainly are not, but because they do what they believe they have to do and just keep doing it despite defeat after defeat--principles and trying to do the right thing. My grandma used to say to me, with a great big grin. "Courage!" Not bad life advice actually.
This was interesting. I noticed the lack of male elf/female mortal as well. It bothers me a little that the one instant of this reversed pairing has the male making what seems like a rational decision, whereas in instances of a female elf she seemingly without any pause for rational thought decides to just go for it. Sexist Tolkienian ideas about the supposedly sentimental nature of women maybe? I don't know.
Thanks so much for reading this somewhat obscure bio and commenting. It is a great romance to try to tell, but Tolkien does not give mortal women a break at all. One can draw their own conclusions as to why that is!
I'm so glad to see Aegnor have his own biography. Finrod and Galadriel keep stealing the spotlight with their long hair. ;) Wonderful job as always. I like your last line for this one regarding the fact that the one time a male elf loves a mortal woman, they don't have their happy moment. Thanks for writing this!
Hi, Alquawende! I'm so happy that you read and enjoyed this. I'm still thinking of possible inferences one might draw from the fact that in the few cases we have of elves loving mortals that none of them involve a tale of a mortal woman and an elf bearing a child, or having a fulfilled relationship.