Monday, April 8, 2013

Eärendil's Story

Eärendil's story is one Tolkien worked on in several formats and over a long time in his life. What aspects of this story seem to you to be most similar to aspects of Tolkien's other works? Are any aspects vastly different from themes in Tolkien's other works? What parts of this story seem most appealing to you? How about most puzzling?


Michael Lott said...

The story of Earendil is one of my favorites among all of Tolken's works. One of the most fascinating aspect that I see in the tale is where Maedhros save Elrond and Elros from being killed at the third kin slaying. This and his remorse at the deaths of Elwing's brothers are really the only places where one of the sons of Feanor shows actual remorse for his actions. I believe this is why he in the end is the only one of the brothers who understands that they lost the right to posses the silmarils.
Also once again we see Ulmo being the only one of the Valar who shows any concern for the world outside of Valinor. And for once he comes up out the sea and attempts to deal with the other Valar, albeit unsuccessfully.

Lorin said...

To me, Earendil's story feels very different from a lot of the rest of the Silmarillion. I think we sort of talked about this in class, but it just feels a lot more fairy-tale-like and almost mystical. Elwing's transformation into a bird and Earendil's falling asleep with said bird strikes me a little oddly. I also find it amazing that Earendil was able to reach Valinor and convince the Valar to return and fight for Middle-earth. It almost seems impossible, actually. And Earendil eventually becoming (sort of) a star harkens back to the sort of mystically charged creation of Arda and, more specifically, the sun and moon. At the same time, though, Earendil/his ship becoming a star is I think one of the coolest things Tolkien's ever written.