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wait who has fins? is this a Jimmy Buffet song?

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Feb 28 2013, 6:53pm


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wait who has fins? is this a Jimmy Buffet song? [In reply to] Can't Post

1. I confess, I find all those "F" names are confusing. Do you suppose Tolkien did that so he could just file them all under "F" when he was writing this? Do you have any tricks for keeping all these characters straight?
I have to make sure I know who the main guys are, and when that fails I have to look at the family trees in the back. I'm assuming Tolkien used some form of patronomic(sp) from some forgotten culture to make these names. When I get confused most of the time I can figure out if its one of Feanor's boys by just reading on and seeing what theyre doing.

2. Do you have a favorite name from the cast list Tolkien gives us here? Which of Feanor’s sons would you like to get to know better or have a beer with?
I prefer Turgon, all those Fins get somewhat cumbersome and annoying. That and I find most of the sons of Feanor deplorable. Especially the C's. But I guess a musician I'll take Maglor for a beer.

3. Why do royal sons outnumber daughters? And if every elven child lives forever, why doesn’t Elvenhome become overpopulated? Just how many elves can live in Aman, in Túna, or if you are Teleri, on the Lonely Isle?
apparently elven wisdom had a huge chapter on excellent birth control means. Other than that, I have no idea. Perhaps immortality makes you less apt to procreate.

4. What do you think about the description of the Noldor as a people? Can you see the connection between the qualities Tolkien shares about them here and the way they turn out later? And what kinds of things might they have surpassed their teachers on?

The Noldor remind me of the concept of the Middle Child syndrome. They seem to always be seeking to outdo the other elves. They go over the top on gift giving, and they just dive right in to learning so they can be smarter and better.


5. The Noldor strike me as being acquiring in nature – though it’s mostly knowledge at this point. Does the trouble start when they start to feel attached to the things they’ve learned or made? Is “attachment” the opposite (or even the dark side) of “longing” in Tolkien?

I think linbe between longing and attachment are very very close to one another. In order to long for something, one would have to be attached to it. Now the line they both tread is covetousness, and jealousy. Once that line is crossed we begin to see the dark side.



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*Silmarillion Discussion: Chapter 5, "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalie", Part 3 -- Meet the Noldor Cast** weaver Send a private message to weaver Feb 28 2013, 2:28am
    The Quenya alphabet stopped at F CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Feb 28 2013, 3:43am
    The F Words Finwe Send a private message to Finwe Feb 28 2013, 2:52pm
        Jumping ahead to other chapters CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Feb 28 2013, 3:08pm
            That Makes Sense Finwe Send a private message to Finwe Feb 28 2013, 3:15pm
    wait who has fins? is this a Jimmy Buffet song? elevorn Send a private message to elevorn Feb 28 2013, 6:53pm
    More Late Answers sador Send a private message to sador Mar 3 2013, 3:43pm
    a few more comments telain Send a private message to telain Mar 5 2013, 6:39pm
    some answers elostirion74 Send a private message to elostirion74 Mar 11 2013, 9:46pm

 
 
 

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