I’m taking the day off today (from writing, not from exercising). So here’s a blurb about Numenoreans from Tolkien’s letters…
The Numenoreans of Gondor were proud, peculiar, and archaic, and I think are best pictured in (say) Egyptian terms. In many ways they resembled ‘Egyptians’ – the love of, and power to construct, the gigantic and massive. And in their great interest in ancestry and in tombs. (But not of course in ‘theology’: in which respect they were Hebraic and even more puritan – but this would take long to set out: to explain in deed why there is practically no overt ‘religion’, * or rather religious acts or places or ceremonies among the ‘good’ or anti-Sauron people in The Lord of the Rings.) I think the crown of Gondor (the S. Kingdom) was very tall, like that of Egypt, but with wings attached, not set straight back but at an angle.
A Few Notes
I’m also thinking about getting an Instagram account for the blog (and life, I suppose). I’m just way more visual than Twitter implies. And a bit wordier. We shall see.
About the Photo
It’s the closest thing to a pyramid I’ve got!
- Day 116
- Miles today: 5
- Miles thus far: 581 (127 from Rivendell)
- 340 miles to Lothlórien
- 1,198 miles to Mt. Doom
Today’s stopping place in the narrative: Book II, Chapter 3. Encamped along the western foothills of the Misty Mountains. Seventh night out from Rivendell. Yule 2 – Jan 1, 3019 TA. (map)