30 days first arda age challenge

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30 Days First Age of Arda Challenge

2- Who is your least and your most favorite of the Valar? 

My favorite Valar is Aulë the Smith. I like him because he’s one of the edgier good guys (or, at least, he isn’t like Manwe, who’s so good he doesn’t understand evil). Like Melkor, Aulë also wants to make things as yet unthought of, and struggles with pride, though he ultimately submits his will to Ilúvatar. Also I love that his relationship with Yavanna is sort of contentious and generally adorable. (picture by Ted Nasmith) 

Honorable mention: Oromë, the only Valar who ever goes anywhere or does much of anything productive.

Melkor, later renamed Morgoth, is, predictably, my least favorite, and probably for the incident pictured here where he kills Fingolfin. He also kills Finwë, steals the Silmarils, tortures Maedhros (my main man), tortures other elves into orcs, tries to rape Luthien, psychologically tortures Húrin, etc, etc.  He’s the main big bad, of course he’s going to be my least favorite. (picture by John Howe)

Honorable mention: Námo (Mandos), who is just creepy. 

30 Days First Age of Arda Challenge

  16- In your opinion, what was the saddest thing that ever happened to Túrin Turambar?

Túrinmakes bad stuff happen to him. And number one on that list is killing Beleg, whose only fault was being loyal to Túrin.

If this is not your answer, you are wrong.

(Art: Ted Nasmith)

30 Days First Age of Arda Challenge

17- How did you feel about the end of the story of Húrin’s family? 

Okay so. 

It’s a tragedy. Sad ending. I get it. I know how these go. I’ve read it before in The Silmarillion and recently reread it in The Children of Húrin. I knew what I was getting myself into. I was prepared.

I cried explosively. 

I turned to the last page, read about Morwen and Húrin’s reunion over the grave of their children, and Morwen asks Húrin what happened—and he knows, because he saw everything, Morgoth made sure of that—and he just does not answer her—because he doesn’t want to tell her all the horrible things he was made to witness—and so she dies not knowing, maybe a last small mercy. 

And then I burst into tears.

Art by Alan Lee.

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30 Days First Age of Arda Challenge

 11- Out of the three houses of men, which one is your favorite? 

Third House, because of this guy. 

But an honorable mention for the First House, for Hurin and Huor. Because I like sad things. 

(From The Silmarillion, “Of the Coming of Men into the West," and the entry from Robert Foster’s Complete Guide to Middle-earth)

30 Days First Age of Arda Challenge

 22- What are your thoughts on the The Battle of the Thousand Caves? 

Elves suck.

So I’m on the side of the Dwarves, not because they’re necessarily more right, but because no one else is on their side. The narrative is anti-Dwarf (as it always is), but basically no one is behaving nicely, and it ends in slaughter and mayhem. Part of a longer series of the inhabitants of Middle-earth behaving like jackwagons and getting butt-hurt when it ends badly:

“Hey, this is that shiny thing Fëanor’s boys are after so keenly and have killed people to try to get. I know, I’ll keep it, because it’s pretty and I’m pretty. And I’ll piss off the dwarves, too, while I’m at it, because they’re ugly. King of the Year is in the bag.”

Thingol dies though, in this battle, and that’s cool. I hate that guy.

Art credit: Ted Nasmith, via Texts From Arda (a blog everyone should follow to encourage the author to post more)