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AU where Eru refuses to grant the Valar permission/power to destroy Numenor and sink Beleriand
  • the fleet (and Sauron) reaches Valinor and elves who had previously enjoyed 99% peaceful lives are now forced to fight and must look to those who died in war and were reborn (/those isolated on Tol Eressea)
  • Is an accord reached, and Sauron taken captive and truly imprisoned?
  • Do the Numenoreans rout most of the elves, or have a change of heart - or even assume they can and deserve to integrate/assimilate into Valinorean society?
  • Are the elves powerful and unified (and self-important enough (hello, firstborn)) to see the Men as far below them and kick them out easily enough (clearly the Valar were worried about this not happening…)
  • Valinorean elves who chose not to follow the hosts of Feanor or Fingolfin (and thought highly of themselves for it) are now faced with some of the horrors that their Exiled counterparts were fighting against for their sakes, and begin to maybe understand
  • Do the Exiles and/or sindar & avar attempt to sail to Valinor to lend a hand? or do they consider themselves broken off? betrayed? unnecessary? inaccessible? “Valinor has the Valar, surely the Powers will protect those who live there”
  • Do the Valar protect those in Valinor? How far can they go in doing so?
  • Does this all result in the great rift between Valinor and Middle-earth healing, or shattering further?

I welcome your thoughts!!

Tolkien would have wanted his works to inspire Fan Fiction

I don’t know where to find the quote now, but I’m pretty sure he had said he wanted in time other writers and artists to add to his mythology.  He knew full well no great mythology is formed entirely from the mind of only one person.  And I include in that both adding to the continuity and creating alternate continuities.

As massive as what he left us is, there is also much room to expand, even without continuing the story past the reign of Aragorn’s son.  And if you do go past that the options are endless.

I think he would have wanted people with different backgrounds and experiences and perspectives then him to explore Arda in ways he couldn’t.  So yes I think that includes women writers adding a female perspective.  Both further developing the female characters he already provided and creating more of them.  That is part of my defense of how lacking his handling of women was.

I think there is room even to expand Arda beyond just Middle-Earth, Numenor and Beleriand, and explore other less western (white) civilizations.  The Southorns and Easterlings get a bad wrap as seemingly just pawns of Morgoth and Sauron.  But Tolkien did leave more then enough hints that their being in that situation is not really their fault.  I love Faramir’s speech at the end of disc one of The Two Towers extended edition.  In the book Sam said it, but I think that’s one of the things the movies improved, Tolkien had described Faramir as the most like himself, and as those words as coming from Tolkien’s experience as a WWI solider.

I think it’s also plausible to create all new Civilizations for Arda.  Both outside Middle Earth and maybe even within in.  During the second age we know next to nothing about the humans who lived in Middle Earth rather then Numenor.  Then there is the fact that the lands of Middle Earth did exist during the First Age, but the story of the First Age is entirely further west.  Why not invent some matriarchal Amazon like tribes for Arda, both within Middle Earth and without.  Some Edain (white) Amazons who could make sense coming from an offshoot of Haleth’s tribe, and some ethnic ones too.

And the Dwarves (who had 7 clans but we only really ever see one) are equally as open.  The Dwarves seem far less likely to have ever had a matriarchal tribe, but the feminine side of the Dwarves is still entirely open for new writers.

Now it may seem difficult to believe a devout prudish Catholic like Tolkien would ever be Ok with Homosexuality being explored in his mythology.  But he also talked about Applicability, that a story should be interpreted beyond the Author’s intent, even in conflict with it.

And you know what, I think it’s telling that Tolkien never condemned Homosexuality at any point in his Legendarium (Lewis did with the Hardcaslte character in The Hideous Strength).  In-spite of how G rated his writing was when it came to Sex, he did address sex acts he viewed as wrong.  Eol and Ar-Pharazon are both Rapists in at least one version of their tales.

And Incest is explored, most famously with The Children of Hurin.  But what most annoys me about Tolkien’s sexual morality is how harsh he is even to relationships between First Cousins.  The Bible not only never condemns it but even encourages it to an extent.  For the most part being grossed out by Cousin relationships is entirely modern.  But Tolkien not only codifies it as wrong in Elvish law, but has it at the root of Meaglin becoming the Elvish Benedict Arnold.

So that he considered Same-Sex love less worth condemning then Cousin love, is interesting.  Tolkien also enjoyed a Lesbian Nrse Story.

Everyone has talked endlessly about the things in Tolkien that can be interpreted as male Homoerotisism.  But since Tolkien never passes the Bechel Test, actual relationships between women are virtually non existent.  So we have to look elsewhere for an excuse to interpret a character as Lesbian.

Tolkien may not have been aware of it, but it is now well known that Virginity in the ancient mythologies Tolkien drew on was often code for Lesbianism.  The most popular Tolkien character to see as possibly Lesbian by virtue of her seeming aversion to men is Tar-Ancalmine.  Unfortunately she seems to make a very problematic stereotype whatever orientation you give her.

The top two women in Tolkien I like to interpret as Monosexually Lesbian are Haleth and Tar-Telperien.  Both were leaders of their people who made a point of never being married.

Haleth as an early First Age human I don’t even visualize as a Medieval person.  The Human tribes during the First Age I see as Ancient, but not Greeco-Roman Ancient, more like the Ancient pre-civilized Celtic and German/Norse tribes.  Haleth however seems to me like exactly the kind of woman who would wind up being a lover of Artemis.  Since I see some of Artemis in Nessa, I wind up shipping them togather.  But there is also room to invent for her a human lover from her tribe, or have her meet an Elf.  A human from another tribe seems unlikely as I think she was always pretty far away from them.

Tar-Telperien, I have seen two people in the Fandom community already say she is Asexual in their head canon.  That is an equally valid interpretation from what little we are told about her.  But I really want to see a High Fantasy story about a Lesbian Queen, with a lover probably from a lower class.  Possibly drawing some inspiration from Berenice and Mesopotamia (free cookie if you know what I’m referencing).  And as far as room for that in Tolkien goes, Tar-Telperien is the best option.

All three Queens of Numenor get a bad wrap.  I feel like Tar-Telperien is the easiest to defend.  Her condemnation is entirely in her foreign policy.  Crap was going on in Middle Earth between Sauron and The Elves, and she choose to stay out of it.  In real life that is exactly the foreign policy I prefer as a Ron Paul voter, The U.S. should stay out of wars fought on other Continents.  It’s hard to apply that to a fantasy setting where one of the Geo-Political entities is a literal Fallen Angel.  And I’m sure Tolkien had the WWII era American Isolationists in mind when he wrote characters like this.  But I for one will not condemn her for refusing to take her people to a war that did not really involve them.

She is also notable for being the only Ruling Queen who’s known to have had a brother.  Speculation on that has been done elsewhere.  What I note here is the fact that her brother’s son became her successor, and we do not know a name or identity for the mother of that son.  I think it’s possible that if Tar-Telperien was exclusively Homosexual, but had a lover who was Bi/Pansexual, or at least more open to male-female intercourse for the purpose of reproduction then she was.  I could see her marrying her lover to her brother.

I do indeed consider the possibly of actual legal Gay Marriage in Arda unlikely, For the Elves Hetero-Intercourse and Marriage are the same thing.  We’ve seen in Fantasy and maybe History also examples of something like the above suggested arrangement with men.  A man in a royal gay male paring marrying his lover’s sister.   Like Renly and Loras on Game of Thrones.

The Tolkien women who have loved men could certainly still be Bi.  But there is one more character I want to discus who’s Sexuality is entirely up for debate.

Nienor Niniel, daughter of Hurin and sister of Turn Turambar.  Her relationship with her brother came about about from the dragon Glaurung’s manipulation of events, an argument can be made it tells us nothing about her actual Sexual Orientation.

You may be thinking “all he did it seems was wipe her memory?”.  The key thing I think in Tolkien’s mind was that their ignorance of their relationship to each other caused their natural sibling bond to be misinterpreted as romantic.  It didn’t at all happen simply because she thought Turambar was Hot.

I found one Fan Fiction once were Niniel had a romantic relationship with Nellas before she went to search for Turin.  Then she survives her jump into the water, Nellas tracks her down and they raise the baby together.

My Favorite of the Race of Men

Okay, so in no particular order, my 10 favorite humans:

  1. Tar-Ancalime: Numenor’s first ruling queen, Tar-Ancalime is probably the best thing I got out of reading The Unfinished Tales (and that’s saying something, because I freaking love that book.) And I’ve written before about how much I relate to her (except for the whole monarch part, lol.)
  2. Faramir: Honestly, who doesn’t love Faramir? Boy’s got a heart of gold, and while the movies didn’t focus as much on this, he really stands out in the books as an upstanding sort of guy (and given Tolkien’s tendency towards Pure And Noble heroes, that’s saying something.)
  3. Andreth: Not only do I just love Andreth on her own (she’s smart and wise and shares her lore with Finrod and wants so badly to understand her people’s place in this world) but she’s also one half of one of my favorite romances in Middle Earth.
  4. Cirion: In my opinion, Gondor’s greatest ruling steward. Established Gondor’s most important alliance, is to thank for the creation of Rohan, and generally a pretty great guy. And I just love his friendship with Eorl.
  5. Eomer: Aaw, Eomer. He’s been one of my favorites from the very beginning. I mean, talk about holding down the fort. This guy was trapped in a pretty tight spot (Theodred dead, Theoden controlled by Grima, Grima recognizing Eomer as the last obstacle in his path), but he still does everything in his power to protect Rohan. Also, this happened.
  6. Queen Beruthiel: Granted, we don’t know too much about her. But what description we do get for Beruthiel is straight-up Disney evil queen status, and that’s a really beautiful thing.
  7. Helm Hammerhand: Okay, so was Helm good at diplomacy? No, not really. But the dude was just cool. Oh, you think your son should marry my daughter? Let’s talk about that outside - WHAM! No more Freca. And he only got more badass as things got worse - stalking his enemies camps during blizzards like a snow-troll? Grade-A awesome.
  8. Tuor: You know what? I really love Tuor. He’s pretty much your classic epic fantasy hero (son of a great warrior, raised by elves, chosen by a demigod to deliver an important message to a hidden kingdom, falls in love with a princess, becomes a lord of the city, fights bad guys, sails off into the sunset), but he just does it all so well. And I will never stop being fascinated by the way Tolkien uses Tuor and Turin as foils for each other.
  9. Aghan: Okay, this ones’ kind of obscure, but bear with me. In the short story Tolkien included in the Druedain chapter of the Unfinished Tales, the main Drug character is Aghan, and I kind of think he’s the bee’s knees. He’s such a good friend to Barach and his family, and works some of the coolest and most mysterious magic you’re going to see among the race of men. I actually recorded his story here, if you’re interested.
  10. Haleth: Could anyone who does not consider Haleth to be one of their favorite humans please come to the principle’s office? Because we’re going to have to have a long talk about recognizing perfection when it’s right in front of you.

blackcliffskull asked:

I would to start reading the volumes of The History of Middle Earth. Does it focus mainly on the Silmarillion and what does include material that the Silmarillion doesn't? Thanks!

Certain volumes of the series focus on the Silmarillion, but not all of them. Here’s a very very basic outline of what you’ll find in each book:

  • (Vol. 1 and 2) Tolkien’s earliest writings about Middle Earth and the earliest versions of The Silmarillion;
  • (Vol. 3) early versions of the Children of Hurin and the Lay of Beren and Luthien;
  • (Vol. 4) maps, chronologies, and early histories of Valinor and Beleriand;
  • (Vol. 5) elvish languages and early versions of the Fall of Numenor;
  • (Vol. 6) early writings in The Lord of the Rings, from the Shire to Balin’s tomb;
  • (Vol. 7) early writings in The Lord of the Rings, from Rivendell to Rohan;
  • (Vol. 8) early writings in The Lord of the Rings, from Helm’s Deep to the Black Gate;
  • (Vol. 9) early versions of the fall of Sauron and the drowning of Numenor;
  • (Vol. 10) elvish culture, early writings about orcs and evil stuff, and the debate between Finrod and Andreth about the differences between elves and men;
  • (Vol. 11) the origins of eagles and Ents, the sundering of the elves, and later Silmarillion revisions;
  • (Vol. 12) essays of the races of Middle Earth, the Numenorean colonizing of Middle Earth, and the incomplete (abandoned) sequel to LOTR.
  • There’s also a sort of unofficial 13th volume which serves as an index for the first 12.

So, if you’re looking specifically for information on the Silmarillion, you’ll want to check out volumes 1-5 and 9-12.

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So yeah, Coming back to Sims 2 for a while… Figured I might as well pick up a project I concepted a while back, which was giving Lights their own custom lighting definitions, so that CC lights weren’t dependent on Game lights for their properties.

I’ll Explain More in a post on this so Here’s what I did

Holy Simoly Lights Fixed

  • All Lights have custom light definitions, which were made for Scriptorium Users. The NLO file will go in the Appropriate Scriptorium folder (Custom Lights, Duh).
  • Glowington & Curlee Lights now no longer require University
  • The Neverdim Floorlamp now has a proper catalog Name and description (Lovingly copied from it’s table buddy… Don’t tell Natalia Kills)

Instructions

  • You’ll Need Numenor’s Scriptorium (Without Radiance Light System)
  • Delete the old Lights from Holy Simoly and replace with Mine
  • Drop the NLO File into The Scriptorium_CustomLights Directory.
  • Start the game
  • Profit 

Recommended

Plasticbox’s Light Fixes for Basegame, Seasons, Pets & OFB (Basegame one needed to make colours show up like in the pics)

My Lightfixes for The Rest of the games Here & Here , Also My Store Fixes Part 1

And you people think Khuzdul is difficult.

I’ve been working on something for a while now where I have at least one character that speaks Black Speech. Let me be the first to say I never realized just how diverse Black Speech can be.

The LotR books themselves make a point of saying not all Orcs are cut of the same cloth. You have the Mordor Orcs, Isengarder Orcs, Gundabad Orcs (hullo Azog), and Moria Orcs.

AND NONE OF THEM LIKE EACH OTHER.

In the books especially, the Northern Orcs and the Isengard Orcs butt heads so much that it gives Merry and Pippin a chance to escape!

AND DID I MENTION THEY ALL SPEAK A DIFFERENT DIALECT OF BLACK SPEECH?

Mordor Orcs speak the ‘purest’ form of Black Speech, since Sauron is their landlord. Isengarder and Moria Orcs–really any Orcs not in Mordor–speak a watered down version that incorporates bastardized Westron (that’s how we get ‘tark’ which comes from the Quenya word ‘tarkil’ meaning man of Numenor).

But most sinister of all, at least to me? 

Gundabad Black Speech.

Wanna know why? Well, we can assume that Orcs tend to mix and match their speech with races near them. They pick up words, mix things up, and you get Bob’s your uncle. What startles me the most is how close Gundabad Black Speech is to Khuzdul. Example:

The Gundabad Orc word for ‘dwarf’ is Khozd.

The Khuzdul word for ‘dwarf’ is Khuzd.

Orcs are mimicking the secret speech of the Dwarves. I can hear Mahal screaming from here.

Upon that ship which was cast highest and stood dry upon a hill there was a man, or one in man’s shape, but greater than any even of the race of Numenor in stature.
He stood upon the rock and said: “This is done as a sign of power. For I am Sauron the mighty, servant of the Strong" (wherein he spoke darkly). "I have come. Be glad, men of Numenor, for I will take thy king to be my king, and the world shall be given into his hand.”
And it seemed to men that Sauron was great; though they feared the light of his eyes. To many he appeared fair, to others terrible; but to some evil.
—  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lost Road and the Other Writings