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Mar 12 2013, 10:33pm

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Wow, many thanks, Ardamire

She seems a shadowy character in both the brevity of description of her in The Sil and how quickly she becomes a ghost. The book would be far richer if all that detail had been included so we could see the fullness of her personality, as well as more detail about Valar councils and Elvish society and spiritualism. And the description of her that you quoted is a sublime one--praise Tolkien with great praise. :) It easily conjures an aura of enchantment about her, the way she sings, and the embroidery she invents and perfects. Knowing more about her makes her death all the more tragic, more so than the quick-to-expire version we get in The Sil.

And so much for my perception that she was nearly homely. :)

It's touching that she had good feelings toward Indis. From the description that Indis was in all ways unlike Miriel, I concluded they would have only politely tolerated each other while both alive, but this shows she could see a nobler purpose in her replacement and not play the jealous (dead) wife. (Aren't ghost stories full of angry dead spouses resenting new loves by their still-alive spouses?)

The other bit that's revealed is that she is yet another strong female character. I can hear Aredhel, Morwen, or Eowyn being that stubborn in refusing to leave Mandos. "I told you NO. How many times do I have to say it before you leave me alone?!" But I think there's a beautiful ending that she could become the handmaid to Vaire and aid in the embroidery of history, which would serve a double purpose on giving us more info on Vaire and making her less of a "filler wife," as I dub her.

Thanks again.

(This post was edited by CuriousG on Mar 12 2013, 10:35pm)

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