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Characters of the Silmarillion

Haleth the Hunter : the daughter of Haldad and twin sister of Haldar. In time she became leader of the Haladin, one of the Three Houses of the Edain, who were after known to Elves and Men as the People of Haleth.

The Pros and Cons of Silmarillion Movie Adaption(s) (Abridged)

PROS TO SILM MOVIE(S):

  • You’d need at least 5 movies to get through the entire thing, so hooray, more Arda! More gratuitous scenery-porn shots, most probably of New Zealand’s stunning landscapes.
  • Epic Ainulindalë / Creation of Arda montage.
  • Phenotypic and linguistic differentiation between the Vanyar, Noldor, Teleri and Sindar, and their countless offshoots beyond a casual mention in the Hobbit.
  • Sauron in delicious corporeal form.
  • Fëanorians.
  • “Let the ships burn!” *fans self*
  • Howard Shore musical scores.
  • Battle Elves. Dirty, sweaty, just hacked my way through 3000 orcs and I’m still ready for more Elves.
  • Gondolin.
  • The race of Men in the glory of their youth. 
  • Glorfindel.
  • Visual context for Beren and Lúthien, and hence Aragorn and Arwen so I can stop explaining it to people.
  • Elves depicted as actually complex characters, rather than the somewhat glossed-over presentations in LoTR. 
  • Endless sales revenues for Kleenex, and other facial tissue companies.
  • Mind-blowing Blind Guardian end credits song. 
  • New wave of Silmarillion appreciators!!

CONS OF SILM MOVIE(S):

  • Cost of retrieval of Christopher Tolkien’s head from up his own arse so he’d consider it/them being made.  
  • Ships not included (unless porn parody also put into production).
  • Some characters undoubtedly left out, or interpreted oddly, leading to paroxysms of self-righteous fanperson rage.
  • Watching everything and everyone you love be slowly destroyed, now gratuitously in 3D.
  • People who would only like it because the Elves are hot. 
  • Nirnaeth Arnoediad. *teeeeeaaaars unnumbered*
  • Let the ships burn!” Fëanor u little shit.
  • Thangorodrim.
  • Maedhros being told that he came too late, that Fingon had perished. 
  • Looking really gross as you crawl out of the movie theatre with tears and snot all running down your face.
  • Beleg. Túrin and Beleg. Turin being near Beleg. Túrin being friends with Beleg. Túrin being on the same continent as Beleg. 
  • Trying to conceal your tears from people who ask why you’re crying when this guy Beleg has only just appeared onscreen.
  • Maedhros and Maglor reclaiming the Silmarils at last, at the end of their suffering, and for a moment watching the smiles break across their faces, in relief, in the fulfillment of their oath. And then their hands start burning.
  • Medical complications due to heart arrhythmia, followed by excessive clogging of airways, chest pains, violent mood swings and chafing of cheeks due to drowning in your own fucking tears.

If you’re looking for a female human character in Tolkien’s works who is neither a saint nor a villain, who is impossible to put up on a pedestal, who lets her pride get the better of her as much as any of your favorite male Silm faves, who works hard to protect her family but messes up because she doesn’t know how to compromise, who has agency in her own storyline and complex motives…

might I recommend Morwen?

Like, actually, might I recommend her so that people actually pay some attention to her?

So that Fingon post. . .

I’m one of the artists who portrays Fingon as dark-skinned. I draw him and his family as black. There have been a few instances where people complain about that in the tags or in my ask box, but, whatever. That post though–

First off, I want to say that I’m not black nor am I dark-skinned. I am Asian, however, and have first-hand experience with racism. Seeing that post, seeing someone complaining about dark-skinned Fingon existing in what they consider to be a white people space, it takes me back. That has happened to me before, personally, to my face. And it’s funny, because these people are always polite. Look how nicely and reasonably this is written:

After all, it is the right thing to fight racism and prejudice.
But prejudice can be a double-edged sword.
I invite you to question your own unstated, and likely subconscious, assumption that Fingon should not be white.

But it translates to: “It’s right to fight racism and prejudice, so think about all the white people who face racism and prejudice and under representation. Friendly reminder: prejudice is a double-edged sword.” 

Oh my god. 

The Silm fandom has been really, really welcoming to my silly drawings, and I’ve seen a lot of diverse interpretations of the characters. It’s great. It’s better than when I was a child concerned with how different I looked compared to my friends, watching my favorite movie series and being thrilled by the fact that Arwen had dark hair like me. And that’s just hair color! So seeing someone like Luthien drawn with Chinese influence–like, wow. It’s acknowledgment. It’s sorely needed representation in the very monochromatic world of entertainment media. Not only that, it’s a nod to my right to exist as I am. 

So please, if you really want to see white people represented in middle earth, watch the movies. If you are concerned about racism and prejudice against white people, watch the movies. They are all yours. Why get up in arms about a different interpretation of an obscure character in a nigh unreadable book?