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Jun 6 2013, 2:30pm

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.... as much as i'm getting a better picture of eol... i'm also getting a better picture of maeglin.

in my other post i was musing on how maeglin, being half-noldor, might have been, in part, hated by his father (perhaps on a subconscious level).

i'm thinking about all that hate and maeglin's possible inferiority complex and self-hate.... so.... he's in nan emloth, receiving hate and denigration about his +noldor+ side (from dad and probably a bit from himself), and is thinking about gondolin as a much better place where he might fit in, be accepted, and also be turgon's heir (hey! a father figure who might actually treat you well! -- and, yes, i think at this time maeglin was also thinking about power as well).

so, maeglin gets to gondolin..... and.... he doesn't feel he fits in. on the surface he does... everyone loves him, accepts him, they love his skills and gifts and he shares them with others and learns from them as well. they thought his mother was long-lost, and he arrives with her, a splendid addition to the kingdom, and the happiest of reunions. but he's still plagued by self-hatred... this time, towards his teleri side...

[david suchet's hercule poirot voice]

but inside now, this maeglin starts to think, i am unworthy here as well! i am but half a noldo... there is everything here that is good and fine and beautiful and magnificent.... how can the work of my hands compare? i am but one smith, one artisan, one person, how can i compete with the gifts and majesty of so many? also this maeglin thinks, the noldor are so skilled and mighty... and i am but half noldor. and half of me is of a kind that is inferior to these people.

do you see, hastings, how it was with this young elf prince? he has been thirsty all his life for the love and the acceptance and the recognition.... and yet... he cannot drink.

poirot was at first fooled by the fine manners and talent of this high-born prince. but all has been revealed. he tried to fool hercule poirot, but that is not a thing possible!

[/ david suchet's hercule poirot voice]

cheers ---


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 6 2013, 2:36pm)

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