February 25th, 2018

Golden Hair

The Peoples of Middle-earth

The Peoples of Middle-earth by J.R.R. Tolkien

This is more about the writing of The Lord of the Rings -- to be more precise, of its Appendices. It fares wide and far over the whole of Middle-Earth. From scraps about making Celerimbor a descendant of Feanor, which made it necessary to work out which of his sons married, to Tolkien working out the "original" hobbit names that were "translated" to the forms in LOTR, down to the solemn observation that "Lobelia" is merely his best guess as to the flower she was named after. Ideas he played with, such as the question of whether Tar-Miriel was unwilling to marry Ar-Pharazon, and the story where one of Feanor's twin sons died at the Burning of the Ships.
Architect's Dream

tidbits cross time

Ancient Romans thought that veiling would protect a woman from the Evil Eye.

An early modern newspaper blamed women's declining health and increasing sanity problems on the multiplication of novels, thus giving them more chances to read.

Regency upper-class women would, among other things, include two infant shrouds in the trousseau, because they might need them before they had time to sew more.

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