The Land of Gift

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On the final fate of Tuor and Idril, and the roots of certain important events of the Second Age. Slightly uncanonical, or at least Untolkienesque.
 

 

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Ch# Title Words Com. Updated
1 The Land of Gift 1,418 6 10 May 07
Appx. Word Count 1,418 6  
 

 

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The Land of Gift

Klose - 07 Jan 07 - 3:39 PM

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Hi Maeve,

It's strange, a few days ago I had been wondering about the fate of Tuor and Idril - was pleasantly surprised to see a fic about just that when I logged in to HASA that day...! :)

Anyway! The lag between my reading this and commenting is probably because it's taken me a while to wrap my head around what you've done in this story. I suppose I just wanted to suspend what we know of Tolkien's Ardaverse and believe that Tuor was counted among the Eldar. (And that he remained handsome, young and hale, but never mind that. :P) But, having had some time to think about it, I quite like the approach you've taken here. 

Idril's bleak-Exile-fatalism and Tuor's tormented struggle to deal with his mortality set up the ending very well - that they met their apparent ends together, but still separated from the other people they know and love. Sad, but with the right touch of romantic... And I'm probably not seeing the point here, but ah well. :S

I liked the mythical conclusion - very cool. :D Does the island happen to correspond to anything in our contemporary context, by the way?

The Land of Gift

Maeve Riannon - 08 Jan 07 - 5:16 AM

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Hi, Klose!

Thanks for commenting on my story- yess, I love tormented struggles to deal with mortality. Almost as much as people who defy the Valar. ;)

<i>Does the island happen to correspond to anything in our contemporary context, by the way? </i>

I´m not exactly sure of what you mean here (sorry!) but the island is supposed to be Númenor, the Land of Gift. In our contemporary world, I think it´s called Atlantis...

The Land of Gift

Klose - 08 Jan 07 - 6:38 AM

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Almost as much as people who defy the Valar. ;)

 Oh, yes. "May they stand up from their thrones and know of us," indeed! :D I had goosebumps reading that.

I´m not exactly sure of what you mean here (sorry!) but the island is supposed to be Númenor, the Land of Gift. In our contemporary world, I think it´s called Atlantis...

No, I should be the one apologising - I wasn't sure how to word that part of the comment, myself. :P The following line in the story, 

 And even many years later, when the Men who inhabited the island walked its shores at dawn, it was rumoured that a man and a maiden could be sometimes seen holding hands and dancing among the breaking waves.

- Made me think of Hawaii, for some reason. Well, I figured geographically it wouldn't make sense, even if we figured Middle-earth became what is known as modern Europe; but that line just spoke to me, it felt almost like a real legend you took and adapted to Tolkienverse...? :)

 But I like the fact that the island = Númenor, very appropriate symbolism having link between Middle-earth and the Undying lands result from the dust of an Elf-Man union. I think. Really, there are so many theories in my mind as to why this story just works, but I'll spare you my ramblings...!

Thank you for sharing! :D 

The Land of Gift

Rhapsody - 21 May 07 - 2:29 PM

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Hi Maeve,

This story is simply a gem on many levels. Not only how you interpreted canon and wrote this fantastic gap filler about the fate of Tuor and Idril, but the writing is excellent.

From the start, you captivate the reader: we - just as Tuor - do not know where we are and as a hook for a story, you truly want to find out. The conflict within this story shines through on many levels: the current state of Tuor and Idril's relationship, the frustration on not finding Valinor. Both cannot reach it for obvious reasons: Idril is an exile (the thought that just as Galadriel that she has not found redemption in the Valar's eyes is my idea alone, but nonetheless very intriguing) and Tuor as a man is forbidden to find Aman.

I think in this piece you captured the tragic consequences of a man/elf union incredibly well (Tolkien stated in his letters that such unions were often ill-fated). Tuor will die; Idril will have to live on without him. I know that the Silmarillion does not state much about their final fate, but this was a skilful interpretation. Both fates are tied to Númenor, being spirits that can be heard. But oh! The moment Númenor arose from the seas: that was such a brilliant moment and so incredibly well written. Magnificent! I can go on much longer about the wonderful details you left in this story... but I will end here. :) I will end with this... your writing simply shows great craftmanship in storytelling!

The Land of Gift

Maeve Riannon - 22 May 07 - 12:26 AM

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Hi Rhapsody!

Thank you for your long and nice comments! Smile

Both fates are tied to Númenor, being spirits that can be heard.

And heard indeed they were, alas.

Maeve


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Story Information

Author: Maeve Riannon

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 1st Age

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 05/12/07

Original Post: 11/26/06

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