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Mar 3 2013, 3:43pm

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1. Do you suppose Tolkien did that so he could just file them all under "F" when he was writing this?
Well, at first Feanor was the son of one Finn, not of the royal house at all; the king was
(IIRC) Noleme Turgon's father - who was the first king of the Noldor (like Finwe), led them back to Middle-earth (like Fingolfin) and was betrayed, surrounded and slain in the great battle (like Fingon).
Later he identified the first king with Finn Feanor's father, and created this whiole history.

At a later stage, he decided that all the high prince should have the "fin" ellement in their name - so he gave Feanor the name of Curufinwe, and decided that Felagund Finrod's son was really Finrod Finarfin's son.

Do you have any tricks for keeping all these characters straight?
By now I just remember them.

2. Do you have a favorite name from the cast list Tolkien gives us here?

Not really.

Which of Feanor’s sons would you like to get to know better or have a beer with?
I don't really like beer, thank you.

3. Why do royal sons outnumber daughters?
There were more daughters - they just didn't do anything important enough to recount.

And if every elven child lives forever, why doesn’t Elvenhome become overpopulated?
Why are you insisting on asking questions about elves' demography? Suffice it to say that Tolkien never answered this properly - not even the question what all these folk eat.

Just how many elves can live in Aman, in Túna, or if you are Teleri, on the Lonely Isle?
After a few millenna it became the Barren Island.

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?
It seems to follow seemlessly.

And what kinds of things might they have surpassed their teachers on?
In thinking for themselves, for sure.

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?
I'm not sure what's wrong with this.
The trouble starts once they realise they surpass their masters in some things, and begin thinking independently.

Is “attachment” the opposite (or even the dark side) of “longing” in Tolkien?
No, I don't see it that way. Could you please explain?

Subject User Time
*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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