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Ask any question about Middle Earth - LotR, The Hobbit, Silmarillion, or any random question about the peoples and history of Middle Earth (movie or book 'verse). Seriously, all questions are welcome!

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(And no, I am not Stephen Colbert.)

This is a batch of questions that weren’t repeat questions (otherwise they’d be in an Archive Monday post), but also didn’t have enough of an answer to make a “real” post. A lot of them are answered with a slightly more elaborate version of “maybe” or “I don’t know”, or otherwise just had really short answers.

So, if you’re waiting to see a question asked, be sure to browse through these and see if your answer is in there! I’ll probably keep doing more batches of these until my inbox goes back down to a manageable level.

  #Little Answers  
The closer Frodo gets to Mordor the less the Nazgûl look for him. In the Shire, the nine are on him but when he's actually in Mordor? As Sauron's power grows, so too does that of the Nazgul. If Sauron came so close to victory, why didn't the wraiths?

Anonymous

I think it was largely a matter of the nazgul being “reappropriated” - given new tasks as time went on.

When Sauron learned the Ring was being kept in the Shire, the nazgul were given the top priority of finding it and bringing it back to him. But, when it became clear that the Ring had left the Shire, Sauron had to reconsider his plans. He most likely assumed that the Ring was either on its way to Gondor, where it’d be used in war against him, or being safeguarded in Rivendell or Lorien.

For either of those options, Sauron’s priority had to shift to a full military attack. Therefore, the nazgul were given new tasks to aid in this new goal. Which is why we see the nazgul fighting in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields or the Battle of the Morannon instead of continuing to scour the wilderness searching for the Ring.

SOURCES: LOTR

Meleth

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We know very very little about Meleth. We know that she lived in Gondolin, and that she was the young Earendil’s nurse. The only time she’s ever mentioned is during the Fall of Gondolin:

And that child was in tears for the strange lights of red that played about the walls of the chamber where he slept; and tales that his nurse Meleth had woven him concerning fiery Melko at times of his waywardness came to him and troubled him.

(“Melko” was an early name for Melkor, or Morgoth.) So we know that, when Earendil was misbehaving, Meleth would tell him stories about Morgoth to scare him - similar to how children in the “real world” are told stories of the Boogeyman, etc.

Unfortunately, though, that’s all we ever hear of Meleth. We have no idea if she survived Gondolin’s destruction or not (but, as we don’t see her mentioned again afterwards, as Earendil and his family make their way south, it seems unlikely.)

SOURCES: The Book of Lost Tales Part 2 (“The Fall of Gondolin”)

  #legendarium ladies april    #meleth    #gondolin    #earendil    #First Age  
In Elves, Sex, & Gender, you have an error. You wrote that Elves never grow beards, but that isn't true. Círdan had a beard, for one. Super old Elves apparently could grow them, though I don't know if anyone else had one.

I actually ended up writing a post about elf beards after the elves, sex, and gender post, but never went back to add the link - thanks so much for reminding me! :)

  #awesome assistance  
Why when Tolkien finalizes a story he kills someone? In the hobbit its Fili and Kili and in the LotR Aragorn was supposed to marry Eowyn instead he married Arwen dooming her to death.

Anonymous

Well, I mean, death is pretty final. 

But, no, really. Lots of people die in battles, that’s just realistic. But that isn’t always how the actual story ends. Sure, Fili Kili and Thorin die in The Hobbit, but the story’s actual ending is Bilbo returning to Bag End. And we know that Aragorn and Arwen die after Lord of the Rings, but that’s in the appendices - the actual story ends with Frodo, Gandalf, and the others sailing to Valinor. It just seems like all the stories end in death because each individual character’s story inevitably ends in death (unless you’re a very lucky elf, I guess.)

A New Theme for Askmiddlearth!

Okay, so after getting great feedback from you guys, I made a few adjustments to the theme (even managed to find a way to make the header a little bit smaller), and made the change official! Askmiddlearth has a brand-new shiny theme from zeldathemes!

For those having troubles with the new theme, here’s some tricks we’ve found so far:

If you’re having other troubles, or if you’ve found a new trick to get around any weirdness, please let me know! And, just in case this becomes a real problem, I’ve saved the new theme in case we need to switch back.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped out with this today!

  #after 3 hours of listening to Daft Punk's 'Technologic' on repeat    #and squinting my way through the html code    #i declare myself    #DONE    #adios    #i'm off to find myself a drink  

A New Theme for Askmiddlearth?

askmiddlearth:

askmiddlearth:

So, I’ve been playing around with new themes for the blog, because while the current theme is functional and easy to understand it is a little… well, it’s a little dull.

I think I’ve found a winner (by zeldathemes), but since switching themes is a pretty big deal for a blog that gets a decent amount of traffic, I wanted to test it out before making the switch official.

So, if you’ve got a few moments, I’d really appreciate it if you check out this test blog - I tried to make it look as close to the real thing as possible. Let me know if you like it, don’t like it, if you see any problems with it. This feedback will help me decide whether to switch to the new theme, or keep the old one.

Thanks for your help!

Hmm… the posts should just be scrolling on top of the header. I think this theme is optimized for Chrome, so it works perfectly there - is anyone on a different browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc) and having troubles? I played with it on Safari, and sometimes the posts scroll behind the header, and you have to click on it or something to bring it back to the front.

My html know-how is not advanced enough to figure out to make the header smaller, so if there are problems, is this a deal-breaker? Or is a slightly glitchy new theme better than the functional old one? Keep up the great feedback, I really appreciate it!

Okay, to the people seeing the theme on mobile - how are you doing that? ‘Cause I have it set to use tumblr’s generic mobile theme, and on my phone that’s all I’m seeing? 

(So sorry, by the way, for everyone who doesn’t care about the theme, this should probably be the last reblog tonight. Maybe.)

((EDIT: Hang on, found an ipad. Okay, so the posts try to hide behind the header when scrolling, but as soon as I stop scrolling, it snaps back to the front? Is that what everyone else is seeing?))

Week 65 Roundup

It’s been another week, so happy Week 65! We reached a pretty cool milestone this week - 6,500 followers! Congrats, everyone! Just a few reminders, and I’ll let you go:

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  #masterpost  

A New Theme for Askmiddlearth?

askmiddlearth:

So, I’ve been playing around with new themes for the blog, because while the current theme is functional and easy to understand it is a little… well, it’s a little dull.

I think I’ve found a winner (by zeldathemes), but since switching themes is a pretty big deal for a blog that gets a decent amount of traffic, I wanted to test it out before making the switch official.

So, if you’ve got a few moments, I’d really appreciate it if you check out this test blog - I tried to make it look as close to the real thing as possible. Let me know if you like it, don’t like it, if you see any problems with it. This feedback will help me decide whether to switch to the new theme, or keep the old one.

Thanks for your help!

Hmm… the posts should just be scrolling on top of the header. I think this theme is optimized for Chrome, so it works perfectly there - is anyone on a different browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc) and having troubles? I played with it on Safari, and sometimes the posts scroll behind the header, and you have to click on it or something to bring it back to the front.

My html know-how is not advanced enough to figure out to make the header smaller, so if there are problems, is this a deal-breaker? Or is a slightly glitchy new theme better than the functional old one? Keep up the great feedback, I really appreciate it!

A New Theme for Askmiddlearth?

So, I’ve been playing around with new themes for the blog, because while the current theme is functional and easy to understand it is a little… well, it’s a little dull.

I think I’ve found a winner (by zeldathemes), but since switching themes is a pretty big deal for a blog that gets a decent amount of traffic, I wanted to test it out before making the switch official.

So, if you’ve got a few moments, I’d really appreciate it if you check out this test blog - I tried to make it look as close to the real thing as possible. Let me know if you like it, don’t like it, if you see any problems with it. This feedback will help me decide whether to switch to the new theme, or keep the old one.

Thanks for your help!