Tolkien week: Day 3 – Middle-earth Questionaire

Since I saw that fellow blogger James at A Tolkienist's Perspective had answered these questions put forward by this blog, I decided to have a go at answering them as well! 1.  What draws you to Tolkien's stories?  (The characters, the quests, the themes, the worlds, etc.) What caught me the first readings is the … Continue reading Tolkien week: Day 3 – Middle-earth Questionaire

II: The Book of Lost Tales part 2, VI: The History of Eriol or Ælfwine and the End of the Tales (2/2)

This post focus on the narrative the "Aelfwine story" which is a later construction developed from the "Eriol story" presented in the previous post. I will present the narrative and how the story attempts to merge history and mythology. The summary presented below is based on the section "Aelfwine of England". At the end I will have some final comments regarding the End of the Tales and the overall reading experience of The Book of Lost Tales.

II: The Book of Lost Tales part 2, VI: The History of Eriol or Ælfwine and the End of the Tales (1/2)

This post deals with the first half of the final chapter of The Book of Lost Tales part 2. While this chapter concerns very complicated issues regarding the narrative due to only having notes and outlines and no finalized written narratives, there are two main elements to take into consideration. The earliest plot, "The Eriol Story", and the later development "The Ælfwine Story" (which I will write about in post 2). "The Eriol Story" follows from the previous chapter on Eärendel and what happens with Eriol and the future of Tol Eressëa and the elves.

II: The Book of Lost Tales part 2, V: THE TALE OF EÄRENDEL

This post concerns the chapter The Tale of Eärendel. This and the next chapter are two chapters that are based on outlines and notes about the plot and do not consist of narrative form. Earlier chapters have been told as tales to which Eriol listens, but here we completely lack this element. The chapter provides outlines, notes and poems which Christopher Tolkien have commented. The Tale od Eärendel was meant to follow-up on the The Tale of the Nauglafring which left off at the flight of Elwing. However, this chapter also put some light on the Eldar leaving Kôr. I will give a summary of that first and then focus on the fates of Eärendel and his family. More of the Eldar leaving Kôr will be featured in the next post.