In Many Ways they Resembled ‘Egyptians’

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

This drawing accompanied the letter:
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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

Camera: Ansco Color Clipper Film: Kodak Portra 400NC (expired 01/2003)

Camera: Ansco Color Clipper
Film: Kodak Portra 400NC (expired 01/2003)

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)

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3 thoughts on “In Many Ways they Resembled ‘Egyptians’

    • Oh! Well, this is embarrassing… I actually have a few photos of the Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville, WV. Took them last year, but I also used to live there. So…. No excuse on my part. However, in my defense, the mound was closed that day and I didn’t get very good pictures of it.

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