On Jan 1, 2007, at 2:23 PM, William Cloud Hicklin wrote:
> Wild-hare speculation: was there ever a passing identification
> of the Arkenstone with the Silmaril (eorclanstane) of Maidros?
> The descriptions are not dissimilar; and the Arkenstone rather
> singularly appears to be a light-source in "Not At Home."
No explicit link, but a host of associations. I've written an essay
laying out the pros and cons ("The Arkenstone as Silmaril"), which'll
be appearing in Vol. II. There are problems in that here as elsewhere
Tolkien seems to have wanted to keep all his options open when
drafting THE HOBBIT, so he often borrows material from the older
legends without committing himself to whether it's exactly the same
item, place, or character or merely an analogue (the ideal example is
The Elvenking). By the time of the published book most but not all of
these sort out on the analogue side.
For a good brief account of the Silmaril/Arkenstone question, see
THE ANNOTATED HOBBIT (revised edition) page 294.
Jason, I'd be interested in seeing your trimmed paragraph on the
point if you'd like to post it sometime.
current reading: The Book of Job; ISLAM: A SHORT HISTORY by Karen