Bright Are the Stars Upon the Margin of the World

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A tale of Beleg's awakening: *You are children of starlight*, the water sang, *the fairest and most favored of Ilúvatar's design. Great deeds will you bring forth upon the world*. And he smiled and listened still, but in his heart, though born of starlight and culled from dream and song, he was a son of the wilderness who wist no sire but the wood, and he cared little for great deeds.
 

 

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maeglin - 23 May 09 - 5:55 PM

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Kenaz, this is a great story!  Your Beleg "rings true" :)  One question, though, which I'm sure you've considered.  What about Cuthal (Beleg's father; hence Beleg Cuthalion)?  Not a criticism - it's very hard to write of the Elves before the Summons.

 Thanks,

Maeglin 

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Neaththetrees - 25 May 09 - 5:10 PM

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I don't want to impose: but I thought Cuthalion was to be interpreted "steadfast hound of the hunt", as opposed to "Son of Cuthal"... I suppose we can only guess, if what I've been taught it true, what Beleg's father's name might have been.

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maeglin - 25 May 09 - 5:47 PM

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Ah, could very well be.  Usually "ion" means "son of", but I guess "thalion" is a compound word meaning "steadfast"?  As in Hurin Thalion?  Anyway, I wasn't being serious, sorry if it came across that way.

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kenaz - 26 May 09 - 8:52 AM

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Hey there!

For what it's worth, my "vision" (such as it is/was) for Beleg's history in this particular piece was cobbled together from references I found in "The Lay of the Children of Hurin" and "The Lays of Beleriand."

In the Lay of the Children of Hurin, Beleg is referred to as "A son of the wilderness who wist no sire," which I translated as meaning Beleg 'knew no father.' Oshun wrote very convincingly about this particular tidbit in her character bio of Beleg on the Silmarillion Writers Guild. (http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/reference/characterofthemonth/beleg.php)

Later, in the "Lays of Beleriand," Beleg says of himself, "I am the hunter Beleg of the hidden people; the forest is my father and the fells my home." He may merely have been speaking in a poetic sense, but since it confirmed the 'fatherless' reference in CoH, I ran with it.

I certainly make no claim whatsoever that my interpretation is the correct one-- and with such a courageous character as Beleg, I rather enjoy the air of mystery clinging to his origins-- but I felt there was enough textual support in canon to justify my choice to write him as one of the Primordial Elves. 

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Author: kenaz

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: Pre-Trees

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 03/10/09

Original Post: 01/27/09

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