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Comments For Character of the Month Biographies
Great essay as usual. I particularly like the Beorians although the people of Haleth remain my favourites from the world of Men. (These are few because I love the Elves best.) But Beor's people saved Finrod, and I love them for that.
You have a wonderful way of making the characters in your biographies seem so real - they just jump off the page.
Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I have to give Tolkien credit for making them "jump of the page." The Silmarillion has a lot of great character portraits while lacking the novelist tone that would call one's attention to it more strongly. But it is there! It has been a constant surprise to me to find how clearly he paints a lot of characters--others not so much!
Dear Oshun, Such a well researched and written biography of Barahir.
Certainly it will be my go to bookmarks for future ref.
I didn't remember that Aragorn gave his ring to Arwen - it's such a long time since I read the book.
A story of bravery and a hero in the most horrific of times.
Many thanks for doing this.
Tia (Mithrial) XX
That you so much for reading and giving me a comment! I am so happy you enjoyed it.
Actually, what do you think might have happened to the ring in the end?
No idea from the texts! Since it was Arwen's "engagement ring" so she could have felt justified in wearing it when she left Minas Tirith and went to Lothlorien to die. On the other hand, as her father's daughter she would doubtless have enormous respect for the history and lore it represented, so I would vote that she would have left it with her children as an heirloom of their house rather than disappear it.
If I were to create Silm trivia Q&As, I'd put "Who was less famous than his ring, and why?" there ;)
But, your bio proves me wrong, because it shows that Barahir was a hero in his own right, not only the father of Beren and an original owner of the famous ring. Your bio brings all these details together and beautifully composes them into a tale of life, death and legacy.
Great job, Oshun!
Thank you so much! Yes he was certainly a super hero by their standards of chilvalry and honor wherein Finrod had protected his people and in turn Barahir defended his liege lord with his life. Barahir and his men came into the battle with the purpose of saving Finrod when they "made a wall of spears about him; and they cut their way out of the battle." The reader should be glad he did that, as he contributed to the ultimate victory over darkness four Ages later by that act.