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Another Man's Cage

oshun - 11 Jan 07 - 5:08 PM

Ch. 25: Chapter Twenty-Five--Carnistir

I love the part about having a glass of wine Oromë! So what I might expect in the house of Feanor. Also loved the picture of Fëanor sitting in a chair "reclining on its back legs like my brothers are not allowed to do." Tells a lot about the Valar and Fëanor—they tolerate, if not outright encourage, his bearing with them, and then… Also the notes on the difference between Nerdanel's attitude to Oromë and Fëanor's. Subtle details that tell us so much. Maitimo telling his brother not be overwhelmed by the inability to please Fëanor: "You are too harsh on yourself, Macalaurë…. If you stopped constantly judging yourself by Atar's example, then you might realize …. If we all found self-worth only in equaling Atar's achievements…" really broke my heart, knowing how, in the end, it is Maitimo who gets hit hardest by the futile attempt to please, match or stand up to their father. 

Carnistir's voice in this novel is always so right to me. This is Carnistir at his best and most tragic. So much for the "gift" of foresight. No wonder the poor little guy seems a bit crazy. The end was perfect and chilling.

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Another Man's Cage

Greywing - 12 Jan 07 - 11:07 AM

Ch. 25: Chapter Twenty-Five--Carnistir

Another fantastic chapter that I thoroughly enjoyed, though I wondered if a four-year old Elven child would have been so articulate. Probably, considering he was Feanor's son!

I was almost biting my nails at the end :

"and there is blood and fire and madness"

Poor little Carnistir! And I love the way he is able to say spells, almost instinctively.

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