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Reviews For Character of the Month Biographies
Gotta say I don't think I've ever really registered this character's name. Bad me ;) But, the bio by you brings Erellont out of the shadows, so he can poke me in the shoulder and say, now, Binka, you should really do your homework. Those 'one-sentence' characters can be pesky like that ;)
Excellent job, Oshun!
Thanks so much, Binka! Enjoyed thinking about that one sentence and trying to figure out how it went with the whole story.
I didn't know there was any controversy about Erellont's ethnicity! Somehow I've always assumed that Eärendil's companions would be mortal, since such a point is made of Eärendil going alone to spare the others the wrath of the Valar (which, one presumes, would fall less heavily on Elves, even Noldorin Elves, since Idril seems to have been let in without a fuss earlier)! You learn something new every day. Anyway, thank you for another enlightening bio of a character so minor that it's hard to find any information on them! It must be such a thankless task to do the research on them, but they're serious life-savers when for some reason, one suddenly needs to know more about them. ^^
Awww! Thanks so much! I have to admit I tackled this one with minimal curiosity and then got interested when I started collecting the facts. It only seems thankless when no one reads or reviews. (Although people do over time! Read them anyway!)
eloquently expresses 'who knows ?'
seriously though, i use these biographies all the time when i'm writing, they are clear, concise, trustworthy, well-documented and kindly. both intelligible and intelligent.
i mean, who in arda is Erellont ?
but putting him into the context of his life gives a much better understanding of his likely point of view and allegiances, and now i'm really curious to know 'the truth' and 'what really happened' and i'd never heard of him before aargh this is all your fault
Thanks! I know--Erellont! You never know when you might across a need for him. I get a kick out of dredging up characters that I struggle to find something to say about. They can't all be the chatacter that ate three months of my life. I am so happy you find these useful. I learn a lot writing them.
I suppose the three mariners could have been each of different origin--that would sort of match the logic by which Earendil is supposed to be able to represent everyone to the Valar due to his mixed heritage.
Thank you for this bio!
Thank you for reading, Himring! I was speaking to a old discussion actually I stumbled upon which debates whether the companions were Elves or Men. Just entertaining myself! The idea that they are Elves of three disparate people's united in exile is a very appealing one indeed. (Reminds me of Keiliss's wonderful stories with Gil-galad, et al., set in Sirion and on Balar before the War of Wrath. Which, of course, reminds a little of living in Brooklyn.)
I want to thank you again for this. It is really well written and covers all the essentials that someone would need to know about this obscure character. (On a personal note, I think this was the easiest one in years to edit/code! I realized while making the PDF that that is because it only has ten references!) I feel like characters like this are deceptively simple: There's not a lot about them in the texts, but that means that the context in which they exist is all the more important, and you always do a really great job of deciding what is important to include to locate that character in the story for a newcomer to the Silm or a writer tackling a character for the first time. Again ... awesome job. I am so thankful for all you do for us!
Thanks! That is really nice of you to say. I am grateful that you give me a bully pulpit. I try to make the bios just a little "extra"--one can look up the basic facts up in a lot of random places, including the indice at the end of the HoMe books! But I like to give them a context. Also, being the busy-body that I am, I like to try to respond to ongoing discussions I stumble across. Even this guy--one of those you'd call perfect for a Tolkien trivia game--has stirred up differences of opinion.
On the number of references: I think the least footnotes I've had in one of these is around 10 and the longest ones have had between 60 to 70 footnotes.
I know I whine a lot to my friends, but I do like doing these. It's satisfying to unsnarl one. I wish I could allow myself more time on them, but I need the whip of the deadline to make me work.
And thank you again!