30 Jun 04 6:41 AM
Reply To: 27973
Thanks for your suggestions. I definitely cannot keep track of all the Silm characters in fics wherein authors start tossing out chosen-names, mother-names, father-names, and so on. I think even if I use use them in dialogue only and use the more familiar, Sindarin names otherwise, it might be confusing ("wait... who is that? who is he talking to?").
Another sort of related question that is subject to many interpretations:
I think it stems from the fact that Tolkien was not a very psychological writer. I don't have a copy of the Silm on me at the moment, so I can't quote exactly, but after Feanor and his sons secretly boarded the stolen Teleri ships, took off with them leaving Fingolfin and Finrod's people, and arrived on the shores of M-e, Maedhros asked his father (here I paraphrase), "So, who are we going to go back and get first? Fingon?" And Feanor said, "Haha. They all can stay there in Araman and suck it." And then he burned the ships.
Um, this seemed like a semi-stupid question on Maedhros' part. They snuck on board the ships and didn't tell anybody. What did he think
they were doing? I am struggling to work out how Feanor communicated to his sons that they were going to steal the ships, without making it readily apparent that they were going to steal the ships. It has to be vague enough so that Maedhros can ask that and not seem completely daft.
The best idea I have thus far is that Feanor says that if they don't take action, they will be debating all day who gets to sail first across the straits, which is what they have been doing. He leaves it open whether or not he is coming back, and doesn't say anything about it since he knows not all of his sons will be like, "Yeah... Lets leave everybody! More land for us!"
Anyone who knows Elves better have any thoughts?