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My Fëanor story I wittered about previously has now morphed from just being the tale of Dead Fëanor zooming around invisible becoming increasingly infuriated, through How to Fill up 42 Years of War of Wrath, through to: Hey, while I'm at it, I could try to answer my various questions about the latter end of the Silmarillion, specifically:
1) Maedhros: WHY? (this has been my number 1 question from the Silmarillion since I was ?13, I think)
2) Where the hell is Celebrimbor?
3) Apart from the breaking of Thangorodrim, what are Elrond and Elros up to, and given their seemingly unpromising foster-parents, how come they grew up so well-balanced?
4) Gil-galad, Galadriel and Celeborn: what were they up to?
5) Who sank which bits of Beleriand, and did they have to?
6) What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Vanyar as a fighting force?
7) Whither the Dwarves of Belegost?
8) Whither the Sons of Bor (remnant) given that they are not Edain?
9) Can you get ships up the Brandywine river, and if so, how far?
10) how does the economy of a dwarf-city interact with the surrounding agricultural area?
11) ETC.

65,000 words and still there is absolutely shedloads of War of Wrath to go, AND I still need to decide what to do with Dead Fëanor, who is now frivolously bantering with Gandalf and bloody-mindedly refusing to be in a story with a proper ending to it.

Normally I can never write anything this long or anything like this fast, and to be honest, I never thought I would or could write Tolkien fanfic at all. It is all most odd.


13th Feb, 2017 12:00 (UTC)
I suspect it's not helpful at all to say that I would happily read thousands of words of your Dead Fëanor frivolously bantering with Gandalf?

When it comes to question 1, I suspect at least some of your answer is going to depend on just how binding you see the Oath as being - does it just have moral force, or is it actually compelling them in some way.
13th Feb, 2017 12:18 (UTC)
I didn't even invite Gandalf! I only invited Galadriel. She went and brought friends and family!

(and for some reason now I can hear Movie Pippin: Don't talk to it! Don't encourage it! Alas, Dead Fëanor doesn't need much encouragement... )

I'm going with the Oath being powerful, semi-sentient, and bound up with Dead Fëanor. It's the only way I can make sense of the whole forswearing, torment, attack thing, let alone the very peculiar 'no you can't - yes you can' behaviour of Eonwë.

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