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17691Eorclanstanas (was Re: For JDR: Query on Hobbit geography)

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  • William Cloud Hicklin
    Jan 2, 2007
      --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, Jason Fisher
      <visualweasel@...> wrote:
      > > Wild-hare speculation: was there ever a passing
      > > of the Arkenstone with the Silmaril (eorclanstane) of
      > > The descriptions are not dissimilar; and the Arkenstone
      > > singularly appears to be a light-source in "Not At Home."
      > Wild it may be, but I've wondered the same thing. I believe
      Tolkien used "Eorclanstanas" as his OE translation for
      "Silmarils" in HoMe (not handy to cite page numbers, though;
      perhaps someone can help out). Based on that, I think it's
      very natural to wonder about a connection between the
      Arkenstone and Silmarils. In fact, in my original draft of the
      entry "Silmarils" for the Tolkien Encyclopedia, I had written
      a paragraph in speculation on this same point, but I ended up
      cutting it for space (and because it was much more speculative
      than warranted for the entry).

      If we were to push this notion rather harder than it probably
      warrants (remember, we're considering early, unformed
      conceptions), the Ered Wethion-Sirion-Taur-na-Fuin-Dor-na-
      Fauglith geography would place Erebor at - Himling? Maidros'
      home? Although of course even in the first draft of the
      Hobbit Erebor was not drawn as flat-topped nor suitable to be
      crowned with a fortress; and there's no suggestion at all
      where in ruined Beleriand* Maidros stole the Jewel, nor where
      he committed suicide.

      And yet....

      And yet: "The great jewel shone before his feet of its own
      inner light, and yet...it took all light that fell upon it and
      changed it into ten thousand sparks of white radiance shot
      with glints of the rainbow." Compare QS (1937): "Of their own
      radiance they shone even in the dark; yet all lights that fell
      upon them, however faint, they took and reflected in
      marvellous hues."

      Unfortunately for this notion, the words hidden behind my
      ellipsis in the Hobbit quote are "...cut and fashioned by the
      dwarves, who had dug it from the heart of the mountain long

      *The destruction of Beleriand ("and Sirion was no more") goes
      back at least to the Qenta (1930), which is problematic for
      the whole notion.
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