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Felagund
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Jun 28, 8:01pm

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the ominous sickle moon [In reply to] Can't Post

I hadn't noticed the extent of that CJRT edit until last year, during a research project on Umbar, and I can't fathom why he sliced off the sickle moon reference.

I've always found that Berúthiel passage you cite very evocative, sickle moon and all, and I reckon the landing of Ar-Pharazôn scene loses some of its vividness without the lunar reference.

I like you idea of a link between the sickle moon and the presence of the Enemy. I don't have any of my Tolkien texts in digital format, so can't ran a control-F search but I recall another one in the 'Uruk-hai' chapter of LotR, where Merry and Pippin have been seized by Uglúk's warband, and dragged away from Parth Galen, down into East Emnet.


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"They had gone only a mile or so from the cliff when the land sloped down into a wide shallow depression, where the ground was soft and wet. Mist lay there, pale-glimmering in the last rays of the sickle moon. The dark shapes of the Orcs in front grew dim, and then were swallowed up."


The evening in question is certainly a dire one: the Fellowship breaks, Pippin and Merry are abducted, and the entire Quest is on the verge of disarray.

For something akin to balance, I also note that the sickle moon gets a mention in the description of Aredhel's sojourn in Nan Elmoth:


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"For though at Eöl's command she must shun the sunlight, they wandered far together under the stars or by the light of the sickle moon; or she might fare alone as she would, save that Eöl forbade her to seek the sons of Fëanor, or any other of the Noldor."


Certainly creepy but not ominous in thee same sense as the other quotes. I have a feeling that The Silmarillion might have a few other examples to test theories but that'll take me a while!

I had a quick Google for how various (non-Middle-earth!) cultures interpret the sickle or crescent moon, and I can't find an equivalent ominousness. I've been far from thorough though, to be fair!

Welcome to the Mordorfone network, where we put the 'hai' back into Uruk

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