obscure Tolkien work (more obscure than the miscellaneous Silmarillion versions and so on), the Arthrabeth would probably be it. Such an important topic, and it's fascinating to get a sort of "first-hand" account of how mortals might perceive Elvish immortality. Great twist at the end too, when we see that Andreth was in love with Finrod's brother. On top of the issues of mortality/immortality, you also have that moment of very Christian hope, in Finrod's vision of the future--and I think it would be interesting to debate how that fits in with Tolkien's notions that he should avoid the explicitly religious in his fantasy world. And the fact that Tolkien chose to tell this information with Finrod as one of the debaters is also very interesting. You're right, we should have a discussion about this work sometime.
is one of my top favorite pieces by Tolkien, and one I would be very interested in discussing some day here on TORn. Menelwyn, who also mentioned it in this Poll (about Finrod), just answered to me that he would also be interested indeed. Would you? I guess not so many people know it yet, so it might be good if all those who do would participate; so my idea is that I would contact you and Menelwyn whenever it happens; would that be agreeable to you?
Oh him definitely-- from his actions and personality when Aredhel brought him to Gondolin, his whole admiration for Idril in Gondolin, to his final betrayal of Gondolin to Morgoth..i always wonder what he thought when both parents died and especially what he thought of Turgon executing Eol in the way that he did. Has he no sympathy, or any heart?
Also not spoken much about is Maglor--- his reason for taking in the children of Elwing and Earendil is interesting to me-- Elrond and Elros lived instead of perished and it was because of Maglor's gentle nature that made it possible that Maedhros and he didn't kill them outright.
And of course Turin-- we can go on ages about him and his temperament and the many reasons that caused his downfall but i'll wait for CoH discussion to start to type more. ;)
One of my fave Tolkien characters; though he is a bitter pill to swallow so to speak. So powerful yet so foolish in his pride; the shaper of much tragedy but which good inevitably came. A thorn in the side of both the most good and most evil; driven not by one or the other but only by his need to fulfill his own self interests. The most self contained of all the Eldar and cared not for consequeces, for himself or others. I'm rambling again!!