Anonymous said to dwimmerlaiks: Would you be okay with doing Aredhel in 16?

yes!! anything related to aredhel is always an excellent idea. tbh doubting at this point that im doing the palette challenge right but I’m gonna get the hang of it if I do enough of them (i hope)

Maeglinweek day 2: childhood / life in Nan Elmoth

Eol and Aredhel often walk through the forest, showing their son the different plants and animals or talking with the ents that tend to the trees. Today they have encountered a troop of soldiers from Doriath, the first elves outside of the Nan Elmoth Enclave that Maeglin has ever seen. He’s not certain what to think of them. 

Bonus: 

Eol doesn’t care about your messages, Mablung, he’s far more concerned about how cute his son is.

Semi-random Aredhel meta:

Aredhel’s story from Gondolin on is a sort of microcosm of the Doom of the Noldor.

She is ensconced in what seems to be the safest, most comfortable, and most peaceful kingdom possible, watched over by Manwë’s messengers. By all rights, she should be happy to remain there indefinitely. 

But she yearns for more, for new lands, for adventure. She’s bored. She won’t listen to the reason of authority figures and she breaks out, demanding more for herself. You get the feeling, reading her story, that we’re supposed to be sympathetic to her. Her needs and desires aren’t unreasonable or condemnable. 

But we also get the feeling that, well, she isn’t supposed to leave. It’s a dangerous world out there, and, sure enough, she gets lost. She’s attacked and imprisoned and suffers and even if she does make it back home, she’s lost some of herself and won’t be the same. Ultimately, she dies. And it’s tragic and unfair.

And we knew it was going to happen.

Because she was Doomed.