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The Prisoner of Dol Guldur

 February, 24 2006

And other topics, related to Mirwood and its Kings, from the beginning to the Fourth Age. And in my stories their beginning reaches back to the Time of Awakening, actually.

As you can see, "The Prisoner of Dol Guldur" has been finished. I hope it turned out according to your expectations. :)

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 [1] Oh goody! Thank you very much!!

OK, question #1 is not about the story itself as it currently is on TFF, but about a very similar story that I must have seen somewhere... now I'm not sure where ... in which the prisoner was Eärnil, the last king of Gondor. And he died almost as soon as he was brought into the light. Am I conflating this with something else, or was there an earlier & different version of this story? Just trying to get my head straight.

Posted:Feb 24, 2006 09:32 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [2] Sorry, I haven't figured out how to answer while logged in yet.
Anyway, the story Rebecca asked about isn't mine. I have read it a long time ago and liked it, but I can't remember who wrote it.


Posted:Feb 26, 2006 10:11 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [3] Ah, I'm not crazy then, there was such a story ;)

Onto yours, I really like how you're bringing the ents into the story.

I also appreciate your portrayal of the inner emotional lives of your characters, and the ambiguities that exist in relationships. I'm curious about the dislike Thranduil has for Galadriel -- is that elaborated on in some of your other stories? Is it mutual?


Posted:Feb 26, 2006 21:04 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [4] Re: Thranduil's dislike of Galadriel
Read "Between the Darkness and the Light", it's posted here. There's just a prologue, a scene between Thranduil and Celeborn, where they discuss Galadriel. It will answer some questions, or so I hope. :)

Posted:Feb 27, 2006 01:52 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [5] I'm going to answer a few comments Lynn has made to my Mirkwood stories, as I don't know how to reach her otherwise.

You thought to have found a couple of errors in various stories. I'm sorry, Lynn, but I'm afraid you were mistaken.

Re: Dwarven origins:
Aulė had indeed created the Dwarves the same way it was portrayed in the opera in "A Dwarven Yuletide". You can find a detailed description in the Silmarillion.

Re: the existence or nonexistence of female warrior Elves:
- Tolkien mentions that in times of dire need, female Elves indeed picked up a weapon to fight alongside their males;
- Galadriel fought during the Kinslaying, and she was the one to overthrow Dol Guldur. Both facts that figure prominently in LOTR's appendices;
- Turgon's sister, Aredhel, wasn't the one to sit idly, either; and her niece, Idril, girdled herself in armor to protect her son while Gondolin was sacked.

Re: the supposed out-ot-time mentioning of spices:
As someone pointed out to me, spices have been around for a very long time. The more exotic ones were brought to England by the Romans, long before Marco Polo, he was simply looking for a quicker route as was Cristforo Colombo, it was economics not discovery.

Besides, based on this, Hobbits shouldn't have potatoes and tobacco, either, and Tolkien gave them both. For the very reason that his stories wasn't meant to take place at any particular historic time. He'd toyed with the idea, yes (see "The Book of the Lost Tales 1&2") but never went all the way consequenty. Therefore, we don't need to force medieval history on fanfiction, either. We are dealing with a medieval-type fantasy world here, not with true historic facts.

Re: the mentioning of Christma:
Where did you find that? Christmas was never mentioned in that story, or in "Winter Solstice", either. However, Yule (celebrated by men in middle earth, according to the great one himself) Winter Solstice, Solis is a celebration as old as the first humans who figured out the seasons.

I don't mind people pointing out factual errors to me. I do a great deal of research to my stories and wish to avoid mistakes. In the above cases, however, there were none. :)


Posted:Apr 8, 2006 04:24 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [6] Soledad: ...we don't need to force medieval history on fanfiction...

I'm always glad to see this important distinction pointed out, Soledad. So many times I read reviews where people DO tend to think that Middle Earth must parallel our world's recorded history.

I thought I read somewhere that Tolkien partially invented ME so England would have it's own folk tale beginnings (as well as providing a landscape for his invented languages). Meaning that LotRs took place many ages before "actual" recorded history and knowledge of it was subsequently lost, mankind having fallen to a low uncivilized state before rebuilding itself again. If you wanted to be particular, I think one can claim that anything "medievalish" could have been known in ME and then lost in the mists of time before being rediscovered, and not be AU unless Tolkien specifically excluded it.

Besides, even Tolkien had occasional interesting canon inserts. To borrow something recently pointed out in JunoMagic's journal (Fellowship of the Ring, the fireworks scene in "A Long-Expected Party"): "The dragon passed like an express train, turned a somersault, and burst over Bywater with a deafening explosion." Italics mine.

A happy reader,

Posted:Apr 8, 2006 14:47 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [7] Yes, indeed, it was Tolkien's original intent to create what he considered an original mythology for England. If you read "The Book of Lost Tales", you can find his early efforts of make parallels between his imaginary realm and actually existing places. For example, Eriol, the traveller who got to Elvenhome with the explicit purpose to hear those tales, came from a place named "Angol" (unless I remember falsely), and some parts of the tales and/or poems also exist in Old English translation.

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Posted:Apr 9, 2006 13:13 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [8] Since this is the place where all Mirkwood-related stuff is collected, I wanted to point out that "The Web of Darkness" is finally finished. I know, it's hard to believe, but it's so. *g*


Posted:Jul 25, 2010 06:03 GMT  Reply to this Comment

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