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This is well worth waiting for. What a great bio. When I read the story of Tuor in the Unfinished Tales I was immediately drawn to Voronwe and wanted to know more about him. I didn't realize he appeared in other sources too. It's always fun to read your bios and find out that Tolkien spent a lot more time with some of these characters than we know.
What great plotbunnies it generates to think of Voronwe and Earendil sailing together to lands that haven't yet been discovered. I always liked the line about the tides washing upon evil shores. Great stuff. You did an amazing job with this one.
What great plotbunnies it generates to think of Voronwe and Earendil sailing together to lands that haven't yet been discovered.
That sounds terrific! I had not even thought of that; would allow almost as much free rein as original fiction. My plot bunnies around him involve the trek through the wilderness and/or Voronwe trying to provide a soft-landing in Gondolin for Tuor. Acclimating him to the customs and practices of that isolated and somewhat unusual environment.
Still one of my favourite characters in the Silm (actually, probably the character that made me want to read the Silm after meeting him in UT). As you point out, he's pretty consistent through the various versions - even though the backstory and circumstances change, he always Tuor's loyal companion. Evidently, Tolkien felt that this was an important role in Tuor's story.
(I'm also intrigued by those cannibalogres...)
Thanks! I am still giggling at PJ's movie version. The halls of Vinyamar and finding the armour, the sword, the swans, meeting of Tuor and Voronwe (3 minutes film time--actually covered by opening credits)l; the trip through the wilderness (45 seconds--lots of snow); dragon footprints and the big worm (25 minutes); gates of Gondolin (wow! 3 minutes but a lot of dialogue--count the words, most so far!); cannibalogres (56 minutes!), etc., etc.