Baron wrote:This is probably the wrong place to ask this, but I bet someone can help me out with the answer. What did Eonwe in The Silmarillion say would happen to the Edain in Valinor? Thanks ahead of time.
And were you so to voyage that escaping all the deceits and snares you came indeed to Aman, the Blessed Realm, little would it profit you. For it is not the land of Manwë that makes its people deathless, but the Deathless that dwell therein have hallowed the land: and there you would wither and grow weary the sooner, as moths in a light too strong and steadfast. (From Akallabêth; emphasis mine)
Nope. When the line of Elros is able to choose to be either elf or man, do you think their ears mutate accordingly?"
Vaevictis Asmadi wrote:8 ) What color was Legolas' hair?
The Sylvan Elves are a branch of the Nandor people. Legolas himself however, (and all the Mirkwood royal family), was one of the Sindar. The Sindar and Nandor are both part of the Teleri kindred, so they probably looked similar anyway.
As described especially in "Quendi and Eldar" (War of the Jewels p. 384) the Sindar mostly had brown or black hair, with a small number of them having silver hair (such as Celeborn): "In general the Sindar appear to have very closely resembled the Exiles [Noldor], being dark-haired, strong and tall, but lithe." In fact, the only Elves who frequently had blonde hair were the Vanyar, and Noldor with Vanyarin ancestry, such as Galadriel.
So Legolas most likely had dark hair.
10) Do Elves have pointed ears?
According to the Etymologies, Elf ears are "more pointed and leaf-shaped" than Human ears, although this most likely does NOT mean they had huge ears six inches long, like elves are depicted in some fantasy art! (unrelated to Middle-Earth)
The etymological connection between the Elvish words for "ear" and "leaf" were retained in the Lord of the Rings, so this is an idea that Tolkien did not abandon after writing the Etymologies.
Of course this is still kind of vague. Some humans in real life have somewhat leaf-shaped ears, so how pointed they actually were is anyone's guess. I'd say slightly more than a Human's, but not by much.
#. Was Glorfindel of Rivendell the same elf as the Glorfindel who died fighting the Balrog in Gondolin?
Yes. Tolkien stated this definitively in a work titled "Glorfindel" (published in Peoples of Middle-Earth) which he wrote towards the end of his life. This is a finished text which exists in a first and a final draft (both published).
Glorfindel died but, like most Elves, was eventually brought back to life by the Valar. Unlike most Noldorin Exiles, he was allowed to live in Valinor instead of the offshore Lonely Isle of Eressea. After the forging of the Rings of Power and the fall of Eregion, the Valar decided the people in Middle-Earth might need a little help and sent him to Middle-Earth. Later they sent the Wizards for the same reason, since apparently Glorfindel wasn't enough of a help.
#. How many balrogs were there?
According to a note which Tolkien wrote on "The Annals of Aman" (Morgoth's Ring p. 80) "There should not be supposed more than say 3 or at most 7 ever existed."
MithLuin wrote:I would accept this logic willingly, except for one detail. Legolas' father Thranduil is identified as having blond hair in The Hobbit. So, anything goes.
The other problem is that Turin was sometimes mistaken for an elf in Nargothrond.
Yes, of course. But there are people who do not accept this work as canonical because it was written so long after LotR. Meaning...it is in the same book as "The Problem of Ros," and that can't be canonical because Tolkien wrote "most of this fails." A weak argument at best, but you have to admit that it is ret-conning, and that the details of elvish reincarnation had not been worked out when the story was written. The reason it makes the list is because it is a question that frequently comes up.
Why didn't Elrond send Glorfindel with the Fellowship instead of Pippin? Not everyone likes Tolkien's answer to that!
It probably would be kind to dig up links for each of them
Vaevictis Asmadi wrote: I think I am confused about the purpose of the list of questions. I thought it was a sort of FAQ. But if the texts which have the information cannot be used at all, then I'm sorry I can't be helpful at all in answering them. I guess I don't understand then why the list of questions was posted? I know that none of these questions have 100% certain answers and some of them are pretty vague anyway, but I thought that the texts other than the Lord of the Rings are at least considered to have some weight.
I will venture an answer to this one . A quote from the Readers's Companion, p. xli:dna wrote:The only REAL mystery is why the death of Gorbadoc Brandybuck is recorded as 1363, when he was clearly hosting Drogo and Primula at the time of their deaths in 1380...
In a letter to his publishers in 1967, Tolkien wrote:Personally I have ceased to bother about these minor 'discrepancies', since if the genealogies and calendars etc. lack versimilitude it is in their general excessive accuracy: as compared with real annals or genealogies! Anyway the slips were few, have now mostly been removed, and the discovery of what remains seems an amusing pastime!
I would accept this logic willingly, except for one detail. Legolas' father Thranduil is identified as having blond hair in The Hobbit. So, anything goes.
Yes... but when he wrote the Hobbit, he didn't even intend it to take place in Middle-Earth. He only connected the Hobbit to Middle-Earth when he wrote the Lord of the Rings
I dunno, Kez , I think that Tom and Goldberry are complementary, but I don't think Old Man Willow has anything to do with them. He merely lives in the same woods.
truehobbit wrote:The Eagles are nothing that can "be used".
They are a heavenly power, and only come in when someone has tried their best and has thereby 'earned' help.
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