7. Credits, Appreciation and Notes
Credit and Appreciation:
[In keeping with the HASA rules for submitting a story for review, I have deleted names of various writers who helped or influenced me, or whose own work was referenced.]
You do not need to read these notes unless I wrote something above that annoyed you and you would like to argue with me, or unless you really enjoy geeky musing over the process used in the bending and twisting of canon.
This was strange story for me to write. It is somewhat of a crossover between Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion canon. The difference between writing a Silm fic or an LotR fic is less for me the question of knowledge or adaptation of the canon since I first wrote LotR stories and have gradually shifted to focusing on The Silmarillion, but that, in the process, I have discovered the accepted conventions between the two communities of fanfic readers tend to differ somewhat.
Elves, Men and human nature: One LotR-centered reader/writer questioned my use of the expression "human nature." I left it anyway. For all practical intents and purposes Elves are human (true they are enhanced, refined, semi-immortal); yet, they look like extremely attractive Men, they bleed when they are cut, and are able to produce fertile offspring when they interbreed with Man. Tolkien himself affirms this in his Letter #153, where he states: "Elves and Men are evidently in biological terms one race."
I use man or woman in reference to male or female Elves. The mortals are referred to as Men, capitalized.
Descriptions of Aman:
I have assumed that the descriptions of Aman in The Silmarillion could read as having been exaggerated or mythologized. For example:
Alqualondë: "Many jewels the Noldor gave them, opals and diamonds and pale crystals, which they strewed upon the shores and scattered in the pools . . . . And many pearls they won for themselves from the sea, and their halls were of pearl, and of pearl were the mansions of Olwë at Alqualondë . . . ." The Silmarillion, "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
Tirion: "There they dwelt, and if they wished they could see the light of the Trees, and could tread the golden streets of Valmar and the crystal stairs of Tirion upon Túna." The Silmarillion, "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
Eärendil in Tirion: "He walked in the deserted ways of Tirion, and the dust upon his raiment and his shoes was a dust of diamonds . . . ." The Silmarillion, "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
I played around a bit with making these locations seem slightly less fantastic and more inhabitable by the characters of this story as I interpreted them, while noting that Haldir was aware of these descriptions from the tales he had read of Elvenhome. On the other hand, I am not of the school of writers who believe the Elves lived in some sort of cleaner version of the European Middle Ages, or that the race of beings who were capable of creating the Silmarili would not have hot running water. So, Haldir gets to take a hot bath.
A café on the main square in Tirion? Indulge me on this one, please. ([name excerpted] said it best: "What is this Montmartre?") However, nowhere does it say there was not a fountain and that is [my own]verse. Already used it in another story. Doesn't a Royal Mail Coach seem very Noldorin though?
"A Farewell to False Love" by Sir Walter Raleigh
Poem from Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe
Language questions: I am presuming that Haldir has taken the trouble to learn some Quenya before coming to Aman. I also presume that Haldir and Beleg speak Sindarin to one another, if there were mutations Beleg would have mastered them by the period of this story.
There was a discussion over a reference that I made to the name of the city, Caras Galadhon, and the name of the Elves, the Galadhrim, the common element being the word "galadh" (tree). I appreciate [name excerpted]'s and [name excerpted]'s input on that question. I decided to let the sentence stand, although it may or may not be correct. I think it is a question of which came first the chicken or the egg; [name excerpted] thought the name of city and Elves who dwelt there would not necessarily be related.
Fanon/Hair: My reference to ancient Elves and the concept of associating long hair with virility is fanon, which I think I may have invented (probably not, but I don't recall having seen it done before). My inspiration is canon, however: "All the Eldar had beautiful hair (and were especially attracted by hair of exceptional loveliness)." ("The Shibboleth of Fëanor," The Peoples of Middle-Earth)
Haldir is neither strictly movie or book-verse; his title chief of the Marchwardens of Lothlórien is actually modeled on Beleg's title in The Silmarillion account of the tale of the Children of Húrin. I do not think I could ever write Haldir without being influenced by [deleted influences and credits here.]
Beleg is about as close to canon as I could bring a character in a slash romance (at least my personal and biased interpretation of canon). [Deleted credit here.]
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