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How interesting! There is quite a bit I didn't remember about the Haladin although I read both the Silm and Unfinished Tales in their entirety. But I couldn't remember anything about the Druedain people!
Thanks for such a thorough and compelling account of these people. You are right that Haleth's meeting with Caranthir is one of the heart-throbbing stories that a lot of fans fell in love with. (Including me.)
Oh, wow! Thank for the lovely comment. I missed this somehow, because I always get notifications for comments from the SWG.
I kind of slid over the Druedain in past readings. Don't know why because they are really interesting.
Haleth's meeting with Caranthir is one of the heart-throbbing stories that a lot of fans fell in love with. (Including me.)
Same here! One of the initial Silm stories that pulled me into reading Silm fic (after Fingon and Maedhros).
Well, while it's nice to see a daughter more famous than her father for a change, Haldad is a hero in his own right. Thank you for this great bio and bringing up a somewhat forgotten character up to the front row :)
Thank you, Binka. So happy you were able to read it and left a comment. I enjoyed working on it. I've been writing Haleth this past two months--two short stories, one for last month's challenge and finishing the other today. I couldn't bear to pry myself out of the history of the Haladin, so I chose Haldad. He was rewarding and a help with the second story as background. I hoped other readers and writers would find it useful.
Thanks again for the comment!
Nice character biography. Well done, Oshun!
(I never noticed before that we could leave comments on character biographies. Now that I know...)
Thanks!! I love to know that people read them. For a long while a comment here was rare indeed. But in more recently years less rare (I others discovered one could review), but they are always gratefully accepted! It's a fair amount of work under a tightish deadline--not that I don't push it until it screams every month.
I have a Haleth bug these days, so this bio was very interesting! :D Thank you again for your continued effort in these.
Awww! Thanks! Yes, me too. Writing the second part of a Haleth story right now (they are one-shots, but dovetail one another).
He is quite a hero himself, Haldad, isn't he? Organizing that retreat and getting the stockade up under those circumstances must have been quite a feat.
The bit where they throw themselves into the river in despair always makes me really sad when I come across it.
Thanks! Although I am making a lot of assumptions. I can't imagine what Tolkien is visualizing when he says "retreated to the angle of land between Ascar and Gelion [rivers], and in the utmost corner he built a stockade across from water to water." They really stumped me when I got to it. I actually spent hours looking at pictures of wooden so-called stockades and defensive structures on rivers--they varied from log forts which seemed almost like small villages to one-sided barricades of standing logs. I'm glad if it sounded like I knew what Tolkien meant, but I don't even now!!
I thought it was a lot of fun to observe that Haleth was the "big name" and her father and brother were the ones mentioned in passing. That was typical-Tolkien flipped on his head! There is something about this people which is reminiscent of certain cultures among indigenous peoples of the Americas. As usual, I get to the deadline for publication and wish I had a month or two!