Unfinished Tales, Session 5 - Estranged In Elenna

In which Dr. Corey Olsen discusses Part Two, Chapters 1-3 of JRR Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales.

A discussion of the Numenor material in Unfinished Tales; we will be focusing especially on the story of Aldarion and Erendis. Make sure to read Chapters 1-3 of Part Two of Unfinished Tales.

Class begins with some general thoughts about the lifespans of the Rulers of Numenor, followed by a consideration of the description of the religious rituals on the Meneltarma. We then move to consider the story of Aldarion and Erendis, thinking about the choice of subject matter (an unhappy and unsuccessful marriage) which seems at first so strange a theme for Tolkien’s only Numenorean story. By the end of class, we will see how Tolkien’s exploration of this theme reveals the process of decline not only in Numenor, but in all societies.

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