History Trivia / TheSilmarillion

6th Jul '17 7:05:26 AM fruitstripegum
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** In the earliest drafts, elves had a very different form of {{Immortality}} - they shrank as they got older, becoming MiniatureSeniorCitizens. This was an attempt to explain how the old Norse concept of human-sized elves gave rise to tiny Disney-esque fairies.
14th Jun '17 10:28:37 PM darkabomination
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* NamesTheSame: In RealLife, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainu_people there is a culture of Edain called the Ainu]].

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* NamesTheSame: In RealLife, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainu_people there is a culture of Edain called the Ainu]].Ainu]]..
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** In some stories printed in ''The History of Middle-earth'', Tolkien noted that Ungoliant was killed by Eärendil on his voyages. He later dropped this idea and had her [[ShrugOfGod possibly]] devour herself.
** Ungoliant was [[Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth originally]] a primeval spirit of Darkness, whose origins were completely unknown, though presumably a creature from the Void. This is changed in later versions of ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', where it is more evident that she was one of the Maiar that served Melkor [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere until she deserted him]].
** The first versions of Lúthien and her tale are very different from how the story finally shaped out to be. Originally, she was a blue-eyed blonde dressed up [[WomanInWhite in white]], Daeron was her brother, and Beren was an elf, Sauron was [[CatsAreMean a huge cat]], she didn't die but walked into Valinor over Helcaraxë to meet Mandos, and so forth.
** In some drafts for the ''Akallabêth'', Míriel fell in love with Ar-Pharazôn, married him voluntarily, and gave up most of her power to him.
29th Nov '15 7:03:27 PM TempestKnight
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Tolkien died before he could finish it. (But he spent years and years fiddling with the stories, so the published version is an editorial creation, assembling together various texts into a readable version that doesn't contradict itself.)

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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Tolkien died before he could finish it. (But he spent years and years fiddling with the stories, so the published version is an editorial creation, assembling together various texts into a readable version that doesn't contradict itself.)[[note]]Usually.[[/note]])
3rd Jan '15 7:38:26 PM pokedude10
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* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: J.R.R.Tolkien worked on it from WWI to his death - over fifty years! - and it was published posthumously by his son Christopher in 1977. Most Tolkien fans agree it was definitely worth it.

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* ** SavedFromDevelopmentHell: J.R.R.Tolkien worked on it from WWI to his death - over fifty years! - and it was published posthumously by his son Christopher in 1977. Most Tolkien fans agree it was definitely worth it.
* ExtremelyLengthyCreation: Tolkien started work on what would become this in 1914. After his death in 1973 it still wasn't finished. It was finally published in 1977 by his son Christopher.
18th Sep '14 9:24:07 AM TunaSafe
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* DevelopmentHell: Tolkien began writing ''The Silmarillion'' during the FirstWorldWar and it was published only in 1977, over sixty years after its first conception.
* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: J.R.R.Tolkien worked on it from WWI to his death - over fifty years! - and it was published posthumously by his son Christopher in 1977. Most Tolkien fans agree it was definitely worth it.
* NamesTheSame: In RealLife, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainu_people there is a culture of Edain called the Ainu]].
26th May '13 9:49:42 PM JIKTV
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** Music/BlindGuardian's ''Nightfall in Middle-earth'' is [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome a concept album]] based on the Silm.

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** Music/BlindGuardian's ''Nightfall in Middle-earth'' is [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic a concept album]] based on the Silm.
26th May '13 9:49:28 PM JIKTV
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* WordOfStPaul: Christopher Tolkien's commentaries and edits on posthumous works. Also his version of the war between Doriath and the Dwarves, which his father never got around to writing.

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* WordOfStPaul: WordOfSaintPaul: Christopher Tolkien's commentaries and edits on posthumous works. Also his version of the war between Doriath and the Dwarves, which his father never got around to writing.
23rd Mar '13 11:51:49 AM ArcadesSabboth
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* HeavyMithril
** Music/BlindGuardian's ''Nightfall in Middle-earth'' is [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome a concept album]] based on the Silm.
** Epidemia's "Fëanor."
6th Jan '13 10:49:58 PM Gemmabeta
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