orodreth

Earwen in the summer sea

Credit where credit’s due: Finrod’s nickname was inspired by MJ’s adorable art of Elwing catching minnows.

I tried to pick a less sad prompt today!

Also, for the purposes of this story, Orodreth is a son of Finarfin and Eärwen, and all five children were born fairly close together—Finrod’s the elvish equivalent of 10-ish, while Galadriel is not yet walking or talking, and the other three are spaced out more or less evenly between.

If you prefer, read it here on AO3.

My darling, you too are floating in the sea of my heart,
Let the sound of my song follow the breeze,
blowing open the curtain of your window,
Let my love follow the flowing water,
endlessly pouring out its feelings for you.

The sand was soft and warm where her feet sank in; Eärwen curled her toes for the simple pleasure of it. She would have a host of new freckles by the Mingling—but the heat of Laurelin felt too nice, too perfectly balanced against the coolness of the sea where she stood waist-deep, to seek shade.

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Anonymous asked: “hi! i am rereading the silmarillion after many years and i’m having some trouble with the noldorin royal family’s relationships. do you know a chart that shows who was on especially good terms with who and who disliked who? or if it interests you can you talk a bit about it? i love your blog!

Oh boy, Anon, you said the magic words: Noldor and chart. So have four! First a family tree to help keep the relations straight. Then a chart showing members of the family described by Tolkien as being on especially friendly or unfriendly terms. Then a chart showing everyone’s reaction to the Oath of Feanor, and finally one showing the lineup for the departure of the Noldor from Valinor.

If you’d like to read more about the Noldorin royal family and their complicated relationships, I’ve got plenty more posts for you:

What on earth happened in Nargothrond?

One of my biggest issues with the story of Beren and Luthien is that everyone else suddenly starts acting completely out of character for the sake of their story. Thingol demanding a Silmaril specifically, instead of, say, Morgoth’s head…Finrod the diplomat not communicating with Thingol at all, or trying to talk Beren down… Celegorm and Curufin suddenly trying to arrange a forced marriage…

Okay, especially that last one. Let’s talk about Celegorm and Curufin and how utterly uncharacteristic everything that happened in Nargothrond is. Because the more I think about this story, the less it makes sense to me.

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Finrod, Orodreth and their sister Galadriel

Journey to the Middle-Earth touristic art-project by ALEF-Club

Nargothrond - King Finrod’s Realm

Fell in 495 FA - Battle of Tumhalad

(Source: X)

  • Right side: King Finrod with his nephew and successor Orodreth
  • Top Row - Prince Finrod befriending the Secondborn & wounded Finrod in battle rescued by the House of Bëor
    • Central - The Ring of Barahir, which was given to the House of Bëor as a token of King Finrod’s oath to aid them in kind for saving his life in battle. 
      • The Men he had befriended rallied to and surrounded the Elvenking and bravely cut their way out of their enemies to rescue him.
    • Top Center: The ring of Barahir was once lost, briefly, but reclaimed by Beren.
      • This ring later passes down the line to Aragorn who stands against Sauron in the Third Age.
        • He used it as his engagement ring with Arwen.
  • In Flames - Finrod being revealed from his song-spun illusion and falling before the throne of Sauron during their song of battle.  He and his companions are taken prisoner.
    • Below: Elves in the dungeon of Sauron with Beren, attacked by werewolves and killed one by one, but none would betray their purpose. 
      • Finrod slew the werewolf sent for Beren with the last of his strength and died, thus keeping his oath.
  • Beneath the Ring - Finrod’s successor Orodreth, who was given advice from Ulmo, the Lord of Waters, to cast down Narog’s bridge. 
    • Ulmo is symbolized by the ocean and island to the right.
  • Center: Orodreth was rashly advised by Turin Mormegil (black sword) to not heed this message and continue in open war against Morgoth, which revealed the hidden city.
  • Lower left - Glaurung sacking Nargothrond and hoarding its gold.  
    • Center: Fair Finduilas, who loved Turin and could have saved him from his grim fate, was speared to a tree and left to die.

This series of First Age illustrations by ChoiStar for Nargothrond, Doriath, and Gondolin is absolutely excellent for helping people understand three major events and important characters of The Silmarillion.  I briefly explained the images so that people who are not wholly familiar with the text will be able to identify the reference of each scene.  Art really opens the door to Tolkien’s complex work.

(If I missed something or made a mistake, please drop me a note.  Thanks!)

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Names in the House of Finarfin

First of all, if you haven’t read this post about elvish naming customs, you’ll probably want to, since the rest of this won’t make too much sense otherwise. Also, I’ve got the Feanorian version of this post here, and Findolfin’s version here. 

Second of all, which house Gil-Galad belongs to really depends on which version you prefer, since theres some question to his parentage.  For more information on all of that check out this post. I personally consider him part of the House of Finarfin which is why he is part of this post.

Finarfin

Finrod

  • Father-name: Findarato (“Golden-Haired Champrion”), sindarized to “Finrod”.
  • Mother-name: Also Ingoldo (“the Noldo”).  Noldo is the singularized form of Noldor.
  • After-name/Epesse: Felagund (“Hewer of Caves”), given to him by the dwarves. Also Nom (“Wisdom”), given to him by Beor and his people.  

Angrod

  • Father-name: Angarato (“Iron Champion”), sindaraized to “Angrod”.
  • Mother-name: unknown
  • After-name/Epesse: Angamaite (“Iron-handed”).

Aegnor

  • Father-name: Ambarato (“Champion of Doom”).
  • Mother-name: Aikanaro (“Fell Fire”), sindaraized to “Aegnor”.

Galadriel

  • Father-name: Artanis (“Noble Woman”).
  • Mother-name: Nerwen (“Man-Maiden”)
  • After-name/Epesse: Alatariel (“Maiden Crowned with Radiant Garland”), given to her by Celeborn, and sindarized to “Galadriel”.

Orodreth

  • Father-name/Mother-name: It’s sort of unclear because Tolkien’s notes of Orodreth are a mess, but we know that his Quenya name was either “Artanaro”, “Artaresto” or “Artaher”.  I’m not sure on the meaning of any of these names, but “arta” means “noble”, so theres that.

Gil-Galad

Finduilas

  • Father-name/Mother-name: unknown, since she was born in Middle Earth it is possible that she didn’t follow the traditional Noldorin naming customs.
  • After-name/Epesse: Faelivrin (“Gleam of the Sun on the Pools of Ivrin”), given to her by Gwindor.  
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Just cute Silm and Hobbit doodles

- Sketch for my Christmas card that never happened OTL Santa Aulë & Krampus Melkor
- I don’t even remember why I drew this. Bilbo and Smaug ahahaha!
- Turin and all the elves that love him TwT I wanted to draw a bunch of cute art of edain peeps with all the elves that adore them. 

- Please don’t repost/use/post my art on other websites without my permission -