Simarils and the Point of Writing

Calemir: Pixxy, why don’t you just set up the tech we need to watch the movie version?

Pixxy Fire Fist: Yes! Absolutely! Lady Galadriel did more fighting across all six of these things than Lord Glorfindel and her husband! She didn’t fight just anybody, she fought the Dark Lord himself!

Toshiro and Tadashi: And Lord Elrond helped her. We’re Elrondgender now!

Pixxy Fire Fist: Two other stupid old men were there too.

Kenken: Keep in mind, we only have the basic cut. Maybe Lord Glorfindel and Lord Celeborn did some fighting in the extended editions. And Lord Glorfindel a single thing in the books: he guided Bilbo Baggins to Rivendell.

Norawarth: A role that was fulfilled instead by Lady Arwen. As Shadow of Chaos said, we are taking Lord Glorfindel on a new adventure: keeping this child alive long enough to hero-worship all the Ardan mothers he seeks to meet, slay a dragon, and perhaps join a Fellowship.

Calemir: Another reason none of us care about the Star Tree Balls is because that’s basically what a movie is―without corrupting the one who views it. Not inherently. The stories you grow up on can either rot or strengthen your mind, sometimes both. No story’s perfect.

Shadow of Chaos: There’s actually quite a culture war going on over this called Purity-Policing. Some people only want perfectly pure stories. The problem is, they tend to have unattainable standards of purity. There’s even a Banned Books list. Yes, some stories should not be read by children or other people who are terrible at making moral judgments, or people who know they shouldn’t be reading stories containing subject matter that will make their own traumas flare up in a violent way. But if the worst thing you can say about a book is that it contains profane language, sexual references; or that it contains, for instance, “Anti-Elvish views”; you’re really reaching for an argument.

Calemir: The point of writing is to challenge the reader. Some readers don’t need a great challenge―especially if they’re just learning how to read. More mature readers are ready for bigger questions such as: why was Eru jealous of Aulë’s kids? Especially so much so that he’d try to kill them? Old age and lack of women would’ve done it for him!

Shadow of Chaos: Why did Eru leave us asleep on a beach where anybody could and did come along and find us? None of us would’ve done those things! We’re all better parents than Eru! There’s more than one way to kill a god, you know.

Harnor: Essays are fun to write when they’re not weighed down by arbitrary rules such as: throw in as many useless details as possible or toss in the longest quotes you can find in order to achieve a certain word or page count, and only use academic language. Stories can be as short and simple or as long and winding as you like, but if you’re going to write an essay, you need to have a goal in mind―and stay on topic!

Shadowron Icy Eyes: Mind your audience; you can’t write to Ardan Elves the same way you’d write to Mandalorians. And have a consistent tone. And let the rats play. It’s okay to have rough drafts. “Without destruction there is no creation… there is no change.” – Oda Nobunaga.

Harnor: These are all things my teachers tried to teach me, but because American public education is structured to get kids ready for the work force rather than fostering their minds, nobody really had the time to explain to me what ‘mind your audience’ actually meant. Not in a way that clicked. Yes, you can’t write to children the same way you’d write to adults. But there’s lots of different types of adults, and lots of different types of children. Some adults like scandalous literature, other adults don’t. Some adults, such as me, like reading lots of different kinds of books, even kids’ books. Who do you think writes those books? Generally, speaking, adults.

Beowulf: And more importantly, who do you think buys those books? I didn’t give my daughter an allowance as a toddler.

Harnor: There’s the intended audience, and there’s the periphery demographic. You may be writing to Ardan Elves, but what would Mandalorians or Wakandans think about your stories?

Kenken: And there’s a lot more to writing than writing. There’s also editing, publishing marketing, cover design―and most certainly if it’s for super young children, illustration.

Pixxy Fire Fist: We got it! Let’s take Lady Galadriel to the movies! Let’s show Lady Galadriel her own girl power!

Norawarth: Be warned that the spoken Elvish is of varying qualities.

One thought on “Simarils and the Point of Writing

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s