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Silm Posters → Aredhel Ar-Feiniel

Their sister was Aredhel the White. She was younger in the years of the Eldar than her brothers; and when she was grown to full stature and beauty she was tall and strong, and loved much to ride and hunt in the forests. Ar-Feiniel she was called, The White Lady of the Noldor, for she was pale, though her hair was dark, and she was never arrayed but in silver and white.

For Sandra 

Here’s the thing that’s great about the Silmarillion:

If you don’t like something, you can always claim “unreliable narrator” or question “textual authenticity”.

According to Tolkien’s fictional historiography, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion are all translations based on content found in “The Red Book of Westmarch.” Specifically, the Silmarillion is said to be based on “Translations from the Elvish” made by Bilbo Baggins while living at the house of Elrond in Rivendell. 

The published version of the Silmarillion was edited by Christopher Tolkien …based on his father’s unpublished writings …which the elder Tolkien claims are based on a copy of the Thain’s Book curated at Great Smials by Pippin’s descendants …which is based on the original Thain’s Book annotated and updated by the scribes of King Elessar (Aragorn) in Gondor …which was copied from the original Red Book kept by Sam’s descendants at Westmarch …which contained Bilbo’s Translations from the Elvish …based on “books of lore” provided to him by Elrond and the elves of Rivendell.

You got that? The Silm is…

  • …Christopher Tolkien’s edit
  • …of J.R.R Tolkien’s translation
  • …of Pippin’s copy
  • …of Aragorn’s copy
  • …of Sam’s copy
  • …of Bilbo’s translation
  • …of Elrond’s personal library
  • …of songs and legends and histories about the First Age.

Even Professor Tolkien uses the conceit of unreliable narrators to explain discrepancies in the text. In the first edition of The Hobbit, Bilbo says that Gollum promised to give him The Ring if he wins their riddle contest, …which Tolkien later says is a total lie that Bilbo just put in there to make himself look better.

Look, I think it’s time we can all admit something:

The Silmarillion is totally biased in favor of Elrond’s family. If you read through Elrond’s family tree, the Silm makes all of his ancestors look like total bad-asses

  • Luthien and Beren steal a Silmaril from Morgoth’s crown.
  • Tuor and Idril rescue the last survivors from the Fall of Gondolin
  • Earendil and Elwing sail into the West and convince the gods to come to the rescue of the Elves and end the War.

So, like, maybe there were some people in Beleriand who thought the Half-Elven were freaks for their *cough* unusual intermarriages. But as far as Elrond and the Silm are concerned, the Half-Elves were the heroes who saved the freaking day.

So, reinterpret the Silmarillion however you want. Professor Tolkien would probably even get a kick out of it. As a philologist, he was all about how languages and stories shift and morph over time based on the migrations and changing attitudes of their people.

The Silmarillion: Haleth

…a woman of great heart and strength…Haleth was proud, and unwilling to be guided or ruled.

But they remained a people apart, and were ever after known as the People of Haleth. Haleth remained their chief while her days lasted.

Where are Haldad my father, and Haldar my brother? If the King of Doriath fears a friendship between Haleth and those who have devoured her kin, then the thoughts of the Eldar are strange to Men.

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Silm Posters → Valar →  Manwë Súlimo

He was appointed to be, in the fullness of time, the first of all Kings: lord of the realm of Arda and ruler of all that dwell therein. In Arda, his delight is in the winds and the clouds, and in all the regions of the air, from the heights to the depths, from the utmost borders of the Veil of Arda to the breezes that blow in the grass. Súlimo he is surnamed, Lord of the Breath of Arda. All swift birds, strong of wind, he loves, and they come and go at his bidding. 

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The Silmarillion: Maglor

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.

Ruling Queens of Númenor, 4/4

Monica Bellucci as Tar-Míriel

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The seven sons of Fëanor were Maedhros the tall; Maglor the mighty singer, whose voice was heard far over land and sea; Celegorm the fair, and Caranthir the dark; Curufin the crafty, who inherited most of his father’s skill of hand; and youngest Amrod and Amras, who were twin brothers, alike in mood and face.

Paul Telfer as Fëanor
Danila Polykov as Maedhros
Michael Freeby as Maglor
Ed Skrein as Celegorm
Mark Dacascos as Caranthir
Thyago Alves as Curufin
Wouter Peelen as Ambarussa

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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.

Now when Tuor was sixteen years old the Elves were minded to leave the caves of Androth where they dwelt, and to make their way secretly to the Havens of Sirion in the distant south; but they were assailed by Orcs and Easterlings before they made good their escape, and Tuor was taken captive and enslaved by Lorgan, chief of the Easterlings of Hithlum. For three years he endured that thraldom, but at the end of that time he escaped; and returning to the caves of Androth he dwelt there alone, and did such great hurt to the Easterlings that Lorgan set a price upon his head.

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Queens of Númenor

“The sixth King left only one child, a daughter. She became the first Queen; for it was then made a law of the royal house that the eldest child of the King, whether man or woman, should receive the sceptre.”

We may have been mortal when first we met the Elves far away, or maybe we were not: our lore does not say, or at least none that I have learned. But already we had our lore, and needed none from the Elves: we knew that in our beginning we had been born never to die. And by that, my lord, we meant born to life everlasting, without any shadow of any end.

Andreth for @an-animal-imagined-by-poe​  *:・゚✧*:・゚✧

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CARANTHIR THE DARK ||||

the fourth son of Fëanor, the harshest of his brothers and most quick to anger 

Caranthir dwelt furthest east beyond the upper waters of Gelion, about Lake Helevorn under Mount Rerir and to the southward it was where they came upon the Dwarves and they made an alliance and had of it great profit.

cycas replied to your photosetvardasvapors: berrysphase: alwendil: So I did…

Can I just mention FINROD SONG ..? youtube.com/watch?v… (sorry, I do love it)

cyc this is fucking incredible. it is a russian musical of the silmarillion as far as I can tell. opens with a bunch of wide shots of galadriel picking flowers in a meadow and kind of placing them significantly on rocks while her fea tries to escape her hroa. the following song is a rocking trio performed by caranthir curufin and celegorm expositing on the oath of feanor. at the time of writing I’ve got as far as the third song, thingol and melian arguing over whether beren can be allowed to live.

the musical was written in 2001 but the whole thing has an unquenchably low-budget-80s-music-video aesthetic