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I Will Not Say the Day Is Done

Which I suppose in some ways is a rather appropriate title since I have not been posting much on LJ since Brythen died.   It is a big thing to adapt to, that. It needs some time.

But mostly the title is this thing I wrote.  It's easier to write fiction.

It is another Return to Aman post-LOTR thing.  I wrote it mostly because Return to Aman had 12 stories, and obviously it would be Very Wrong to finish a Tolkien series on the 13th story, so I decided to send Finrod on holiday with the hobbits.  I don't know where the other bits came from, the characters seem to be mostly making their own decisions by this time.  I feel faintly guilty that I wrote this as a series and it's ended up almost like chapters of one story. I didn't know it was going to do that!  Also people commented to say it was philosophical, which was not my intent and confirms my suspicion that the whole thing has got out of hand.

I Will Not Say the Day Is Done
In which Maglor stays up all night, has breakfast with Elrohir and tests the truth of the Doom of the Noldor, Elrohir gives his opinion of the Shibboleth of Fëanor, Finrod Felagund goes on a walking holiday with hobbits in Eldamar and discusses Moria and his dissatisfaction with the Valar, Sam sees Elf-magic, and Elrond visits Nerdanel to discuss Silmarils.

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anna_wing
5th Sep, 2017 09:53 (UTC)
Just commented on AO3. Forgot to mention there that the business with the accent made me laugh and laugh.

I hope that this episode is not the last one.

The death of a friend is not something that one gets over in a few days.
bunn
5th Sep, 2017 11:29 (UTC)
I am very proud of Elrohir's accent! (I think I'm right in saying that when the Noldor decided to say 's' the Sindar didn't? Well in this version that's what happened at least in some dialects.)

I'm hoping there will be a part 14: that seems a very appropriate number to finish on.
anna_wing
6th Sep, 2017 03:28 (UTC)
The Noldorin language-masters in Valinor changed Quenya to use 's', partly to spite Feanor (even though, according to Tolkien-as-narrator, he was actually right on this point). Sindarin was a different language anyway (I suppose you could call it a dialect of Telerin,or vice versa, from the in-world point of view), and certainly always retained the "th" sound. So Elrohir's accent in Quenya is very proper! And will be very helpful to Elrond when making the point about how giving up millennial grudges is not a bad thing to do.
bunn
6th Sep, 2017 10:31 (UTC)
I think they are all related languages, aren't they? I was imagining it a bit like me trying to speak German and getting some of the sounds amusingly wrong because the words LOOK like English words when you see them written down.

Only in this case, producing something accidentally (and to Maglor hilariously recognisably) familiar as an earlier form of the language.

Presumably Elrohir would not have a lot of call to speak Quenya day to day, as it had become a book-language.
anna_wing
7th Sep, 2017 03:03 (UTC)
Yes, all descended one way or another from "Primitive Quendian" (I've just been reading "The Lost Road", which contains the Etymologies, so it's quite fresh in my mind). But when the Noldor and Vanyar went off to Aman, their dialect, Quenya, became significantly different from the language of both the Teleri in Aman, since they lived a fair distance away, and from the Teleri who stayed in Beleriand and became the Sindar. THough of course the Teleri in Aman thought that what they were speaking was their own, separate language, and the Noldor and Vanyar thought the Teleri were just speaking a cute, regional dialect of Quenya...

I don't think even the exiled Noldor in Middle-earth spoke Quenya day to day, certainly not by the Third Age. My own version of Caranthir speaks it with his household in Thargelion, and has taught it to his Laiquendi allies, just to spite Thingol ("and if he wants to make a fuss about it, he can come and defend this border instead of us").
scripsi
6th Sep, 2017 11:04 (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss! I missed it when it happened whne I was on vacation, but I just Went back and read about it. *hugs*
bunn
6th Sep, 2017 20:27 (UTC)
Thank you. It was a good way to go, really, but hard on us, because so unexpected. But at least we did find him.
heartofoshun
6th Sep, 2017 17:57 (UTC)
I have not been posting much on LJ since Brythen died. It is a big thing to adapt to, that. It needs some time.

I am sure it is a constant ache still.

I read this entry and then got lost. Came back to get the story link!
bunn
6th Sep, 2017 20:41 (UTC)
I've stopped getting out two dog plates and two lots of chews at bedtime, but still, there are a lot of things missing. :-(
heartofoshun
6th Sep, 2017 20:50 (UTC)
So sad!
timetiger
6th Sep, 2017 19:51 (UTC)
I left a comment on A03 but wanted to add how pleased I was to read a continuation of the series. With mushrooms!

Also, bah. I somehow missed your last couple of posts.
bunn
6th Sep, 2017 20:59 (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it! (I feel that hanging around with hobbits would cause anyone to think of mushrooms as being Of Special Value).
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