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Reflections after re-reading bits of the Silmarillion...

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The Swan-ships of the Teleri didn't have sails at first, they were pulled by literal swans. No wonder they were quite so pissed at the Noldor when they wanted to take them. :s

"Then the swans drew the white ships of the Teleri over the windless sea..."

So what was the point of their wives and daughters making the sails later? There wasn't any wind. *confused!*

Also, why is the badge of Finarfin's house two serpents crowned with golden flowers etc. (i.e Ring of Barahir)? There clearly must be a difference between heraldry used by the Noldor and the 'badges' used.

More comments possibly forthcoming. I say possibly because I seem to say things and then never get around to it. >.

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Date: 2010-01-21 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wood-elf.livejournal.com
A wizard did it, clearly. :P

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Date: 2010-01-25 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aria-elwen.livejournal.com
It must be the answer! Can't think of anything else... Damn you J.R.R and Christopher Tolkien! *Shakes fist*

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Date: 2010-01-24 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jilba.livejournal.com
I won't tell how a (male) friend of mine suggested the Teleri made wind for their sails...

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Date: 2010-01-25 01:15 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2010-01-25 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithilwen.livejournal.com
Imagine the number of swans it would take to pull even a single ship through the waters. Then imagine the amount of swan poop that must have been strewn along the beaches of Aman...

No wonder the Valar decided to invent wind (with the breezes blowing out to sea)! And no wonder the Noldor were so eager to cover those beaches with gemstones! However aesthetic it might have appeared, swan power clearly wasn't an environmentally sustainable choice! :D

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Date: 2010-01-30 12:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aria-elwen.livejournal.com
Maybe they could have harnessed the power of the swan poo and made it into a new fuel source. ;)

Must say though, if the Noldor covered the beaches with gems it must have hurt like hell when walking on them. Pebble beaches are bad enough, gem beaches. o_O

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Date: 2010-02-08 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithilwen.livejournal.com
I assume they polished them round, rather than faceted. Still, you'd think they'd have been content to settle for sparkly sand!

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