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Jun 4 2013, 4:17pm

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Parallels --Aredhel and Galadriel

Parallels --Aredhel and Galadriel

Some Aredhel quotes and observations:

"I am your sister and not your servant, and beyond your bounds I will go as seems good to me. And if you begrudge me an escort, I will go alone."

"fearless and hardy"

"But she wearied of the guarded city of Gondolin, desiring ever the longer the more to ride again in the wide lands and to walk in the forests, as had been her wont in Valinor."

"There for a while she was content, and had great joy in wandering free in the woodlands; but as the year lengthened and Celegorm did not return, she became restless again, and took to riding alone ever further abroad, seeking for new paths and untrodden glades."

A lot of this could also describe Galadriel, her cousin. Both want to seek the wide lands. Aredhel wishes to wander and explore. Galadriel, too, with the addition of governing them. They are both proud, and are authority-buckers.

1. Is Aredhel a pale imitation of Galadriel? Or does she have her own, distinct personality? Do you think they were close, having such similar personalities? Interesting... when Aredhel finally gets out of Gondolin, and even arrives at the borders of Doriath, she doesn't inquire whether her cousin Galadriel might be staying there. We know Galadriel was hanging out for a long while in Doriath.... was she there at the time of Aredhel's arrival?

2. A friendship would seemed most natural between Aredhel and Galadriel. Why isn't this described? Is it because Tolkien had some weaknesses with writing female characters? To describe two of them as having a strong bond of friendship and conversations seems natural in reality but is absent in his writings (the closest we get are some lines between Melian and Galadriel). Or do you think they would not have gotten on? Both too proud, too similar?


aka. fili orc-enshield
the scene, as i understand it, is exceptionally well-written. fili (in sort of a callback to the scene with the eagles), calls out "thorRIIIIIIN!!!" just as he sees the pale orc veer in for the kill. he picks up the severed arm of an orc which is lying on the ground, swings it up in desperation, effectively blocking the pale orc's blow. and thus, forever after, fili is known as "fili orc-enshield."

this earns him deep respect from his hard-to-please uncle. as well as a hug. kili wipes his boots on the pale orc's glory box. -- maciliel telpemairo

(This post was edited by Maciliel on Jun 4 2013, 4:17pm)

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Post edited by Maciliel (Valinor) on Jun 4 2013, 4:17pm

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