17691Eorclanstanas (was Re: For JDR: Query on Hobbit geography)
- Jan 2, 2007--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Jason Fisher
> > Wild-hare speculation: was there ever a passing
> > of the Arkenstone with the Silmaril (eorclanstane) ofMaidros?
> > The descriptions are not dissimilar; and the Arkenstonerather
> > singularly appears to be a light-source in "Not At Home."Tolkien used "Eorclanstanas" as his OE translation for
> Wild it may be, but I've wondered the same thing. I believe
"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: "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
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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