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Another Man's Cage

Shasta - 16 Apr 07 - 12:52 PM

Ch. 38: Chapter Thirty-Eight--Nolofinwe

It's so wrenching to watch the family tear itself apart simply because some of them - i.e. Fingon and Maedhros - get along well. Reading this chapter made me want to wring Fingolfin's neck a bit, but of course, that would do nothing. Anyway, he did smarten up a bit towards the end. 

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Another Man's Cage

oshun - 17 Apr 07 - 9:27 AM

Ch. 38: Chapter Thirty-Eight--Nolofinwe

Oh, Dawn! Amazing work as usual. You do young Fingon's hero-worship of his brilliant, attractive cousin in such a realistically convincing way, while showing us how Maedhros in return loves and sympathizes with Fingolfin's oldest son. I think this novel is so addictive because, over and over again throughout, you take a mythic theme from Tolkien's work and give it life and blood. You have done this while never letting the reader forget the big picture--the fall of Feanor and doom of the Noldor. This chapter laid the basis for the mythic friendship of Fingon and Maedhros which Tolkien described so beautifully: "Long before, in the bliss of Valinor, before Melkor was unchained, or lies came between them, Fingon had been close in friendship with Maedhros; and though he knew not yet that Maedhros had not forgotten him at the burning of the ships, the thought of their ancient friendship stung his heart." (Meanwhile, you manage to slip in with such sly humor your unique take on the loveable dysfunctionality of the Finweans. Great stuff.)

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