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Another Man's Cage

Iel_o_Thorongil - 20 Jan 07 - 10:44 PM

Ch. 26: Chapter Twenty-Six--Macalaure

Yikes. Tyelkormo must really want to see Orome's halls to risk Feanaro's anger. hmm. That will be a very interesting chapter. Also, I like the insight into Macalaure this week. As a musician, it would make sense that he is not a physical man, or rather elf. Here's to the next chapter!

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Another Man's Cage

oshun - 21 Jan 07 - 11:16 AM

Ch. 26: Chapter Twenty-Six--Macalaure

This chapter continues to compare and contrast the differences between the brothers. Appropriate that it should be in the voice of Macalaurë, as an artist, that we receive these insights into the evolution of thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. Its just the beginning of relationship of Tyelkormo to Orome. The sons begin to move off the path Feanor wants for them (in this chapter Tyelkormo, recently Macalaurë, and canon gives us plenty on Nelyo/Maitimo). The author simultaneously reinforces how they are always inexorably drawn back into their father's orbit whatever breaks or departures they make along the way. On first read I was floored by the humor, naturalness and poignancy of the revelations about Macalaurë's adolescent sexual anguish—so real (ridiculous and beautiful at the same time). I would disagree with an earlier comment that Macalaurë is less physical, and agree with Feanor that he is just a late-bloomer. (I have my own theory, which intrudes here for me, that an extreme focus early in youth on performance arts or sports often does delay the onset of the normal annoying obsession with sexuality that often hits other less-focused kids earlier.) 

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