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Comments For Character of the Month Biographies
Hi Oshun -- for some reason my review of your bio of Irime is posting as one for Erendis.
I will tell the mods! Thanks for reviewing! (Late in getting back to you since I moved and have been without internet.)
I never realized that Christopher actually had edited out women characters from the Silmarillion. Another example of (most likely) unconscious bias about the importance of women in history, that fortunately, we're more aware of today. I really appreciate your scholarship and your writing skills in these bios.
Thanks! He shortened the stories of others, notably cut my favorite citations about Nerdanel about how important her artwork was! Not stay-at-home mom even with seven kids.
It's really a pity that Tolkien never fleshed out the daughters, but actually, I think the decision to leave them out of the Silm makes sense. They aren't integrated into the narrative, so it would seem worse to describe each of the sons and their children and then say, 'and there were also two daughters'. We have a bit more in the Shibboleth, but as with the change of Arothir from a son of Finarfin to a son of Angrod, Christopher would have had to make even more editorial changes than he did.
In any case, you've pulled out some good points regarding the lack of information about this character, who must have been something of a challenge for a biography. Lalwen is important for what she is not.