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Thank you to Oshun for this excellent biography. It is as complete as possible and insightful. One question I wonder about is why Tolkien contrasted Huor with Hurin, Tuor with Turin, and what it meant that Tuor saw Turin in that one sad moment.
I have always been amazed that Tuor got to see one of the gods, and yet still had to live on in fear and doubt and struggle. It is a fine point that destiny, the dooms of Mandos, have cracks but we must wor t follow our call through them. This biography holds up these themes without overly speculating on them.
It was because of a lack of a bography of Tuor like this one that I began writing about his life. I wanted to put the whole arc of his story in one place. Instead, I got caught in the details of the first part of his life.
This biography will help me in furture writing. Good job.
Peace to You.
Thanks so much for reading and commenting! I enjoyed writing that bio tremendously. I learned an enormous amount about Tuor and about his how beautifully it fits into the board fabric of The Silmarillion.
I've always thought, which I think I hinted at in the bio, that Tolkien liked the balance of the stories of the two families and the links between them, the ways in which they were similar and then ways in which they were different, without explicity connecting all the dots. I think the sighting of Turin by Tuor is intended as a strong and emotional moment for the reader--deepening of both stories by its inclusion. In that scene the reader is the observer while the two cousins do not realize how close they come to actually meeting one another. I am not trying to make something out of it that is not there. As Tolkien has said he dislikes allegorical interpretations of his work. His desire is to tell a moving tale, which the reader may inhabit and fill with meaning. He wants us to immerse ourselves into the world within which these tales occur. The more successful he is at that, the more he has accomplished his purpose.
He answered a lot of readers questions about his work, but the spirit in the writing of it was that not all questions have an answer, nor does he want them to--all worlds are filled with unanswered questions and lost answers as well.
In On Fairy Stories Tolkien says:
The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords. In that realm a man may, perhaps, count himself fortunate to have wandered, but its very richness and strangeness tie the tongue of a traveller who would report them. And while he is there it is dangerous for him to ask too many questions, lest the gates should be shut and the keys be lost.
I'm no fun at all. I like to give each reader the space for his own imagination and needs, while providing him with more small details to use to fill out that world. I don't try very hard to hide my own opinions, quite the opposite, in general I hope they are transparent.
I think I mentioned this before, how Tuor feels like the classic hero: Ones that suffers, proves worthy, and gets to get the golden princess in the end (I am one of those more romantic you mention in the essay).
You describe this topic best in the cousins comparison, the classic hero vs. the tragic hero.
This bio is both educating and interesting, and at the end, I found you left no stone unturned. Every topic I ever thought of in regard to Tuor and this angle of Gondolin, was addressed.
I appreciate the time and effort you put into all your bios and this one is no exception. Thank you for being so dedicated.
Thank you so much, Scarlet for the lovely comment. I am so happy to have another romantic reading the story. After all The Silmarillion puts us through, I don't like to think Tuor was lost in a storm at sea.
I actually spent oceans more time than I had intended working on this. I am happy that you think I covered most of it! It was a little overwhelming at certain points that last week of pulling it together.
Oshun, this is amazing! There is so much here, all pulled together from the various works through which the bits are sprinkled. And well-written, as always!
Thank you so much for reading it, Drummerwench. It really sank its claws into me. I spent most the month pulling lots of those bits together in a realaxed, fairly lackdaisical way, until I had almost reached the end of the month and realized how much there was to write. I had a lot of fun with it despite all that!
A fascinating essay which I greatly enjoyed reading and gave me lots of food for thought.
Thank you so much for reading it, Linda. I am really happy you enjoyed it. It gave me a lot of food for thought also.