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by Sorrel
Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:02 am
Forum: Elvish Culture
Topic: Elven spinning
Replies: 18
Views: 1556

Re: Elven spinning

If we appeal to the frame narrative, Bilbo also doesn't have the intimate knowledge of elven social structure he does in say, imladris. He sees people he interprets as jailors and butlers when they act as jail guards or serve the king, but we don't actually know if they performed those roles in a 'f...
by Sorrel
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Elvish Culture
Topic: Elven spinning
Replies: 18
Views: 1556

Re: Elven spinning

I don't really have any solid plans, save that I'm hoping to attach it to something existing rather than building a frame for the pole if possible I decided last night to reduce the weight of the whorl a bit - it was tiring to spin with in the hand (which I'm just learning now, before this it was al...
by Sorrel
Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Elvish Culture
Topic: Elven spinning
Replies: 18
Views: 1556

Re: Elven spinning

I oiled this one with lanolin, I'm not sure if beeswax would have an effect or not, might be worth a try tho And yeah, soapstone. It's 34g, which is iirc historically feasible tho towards the heavier end for sure. I think also fine glasswork could make an appropriate bead, though perhaps in a style ...
by Sorrel
Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Elvish Culture
Topic: Elven spinning
Replies: 18
Views: 1556

Re: Elven spinning

Like to illustrate here's a medieval spindle I made - I think it's very pretty, and I love using it, but nothing about it screams elvish to me, none of the... ageless majesty, I guess. I'm not really sure what about the aesthetic it lacks that would make it elvish lmao but there's smth ineffable. Ma...
by Sorrel
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Elvish Culture
Topic: Elven spinning
Replies: 18
Views: 1556

Re: Elven spinning

That's actually a very good way of putting it, I think! I think that's a beautiful way of framing it and think its right tbh. I think I wrongly considered elves as above the more and muck of humanity, rather than (transforming?) it And yeah I don't think for a second that spinning or weaving cannot ...
by Sorrel
Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Elvish Culture
Topic: Elven spinning
Replies: 18
Views: 1556

Re: Elven spinning

I agree, but I think I just have difficulty imagining elves performing mundane tasks in general lol, and at least all the drop spindles I've seen have a more rustic elegance than I usually attribute to (at least non-sylvan) elves

Like picturing Gildor washing the dishes :lol:
by Sorrel
Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Elvish Culture
Topic: Elven spinning
Replies: 18
Views: 1556

Elven spinning

So, elves obviously have to spin their own threads and harm (I mean, everybody does, and galadriel is specifically mentioned to weave - with her handmaidens, I think). But I have trouble actually picturing what they might use to do this. Regardless of whether the spinning wheel is present in Middle-...
by Sorrel
Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Dunedain Culture
Topic: What did Boromir's silver collar look like?
Replies: 16
Views: 1523

Re: What did Boromir's silver collar look like?

I think gandalf actually says something to the effect that it was good he came alone, as (unlike them) he came across as a lone traveller and not an important group We know he loses his horse crossing the Ford at tharbad, where it runs back to the rohirrim, and then he has to walk the rest of the wa...
by Sorrel
Tue Feb 02, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Dunedain Culture
Topic: Numenorean design motifs
Replies: 119
Views: 73793

Re: Numenorean design motifs

C immediately reminds me of a pattern for a knitted tam, I bet it would look great as one
by Sorrel
Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:28 am
Forum: Dunedain Culture
Topic: What did Boromir's silver collar look like?
Replies: 16
Views: 1523

Re: What did Boromir's silver collar look like?

My gut reaction - having just reread the books - was no, and it's implied heavily in a lot of what I remembered (and in the lament for him). But I couldn't recall explicitly, so I decided to check. "In this evil hour I have come on an errand over many dangerous leagues to Elrond: a hundred and ...
by Sorrel
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Coffee Thoughts
Replies: 9
Views: 1219

Re: Coffee Thoughts

It fits the longhunter vibe the rangers are often ascribed

I don't suppose the professor happened to mention Moka pots as well?
by Sorrel
Thu Jan 28, 2021 12:27 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: The Ceresilk tarp
Replies: 22
Views: 4994

Re: The Ceresilk tarp

No such luck, unfortunately. It seems silk/wool blends are a rather niche luxury fabric and not much else
by Sorrel
Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: The Ceresilk tarp
Replies: 22
Views: 4994

Re: The Ceresilk tarp

All the silk/wool blends I see are rather thin and aimed at couture, so I suspect it would need to be hand woven (more accurate to the books as well, I suppose). Better add a loom to the list...
by Sorrel
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: The Ceresilk tarp
Replies: 22
Views: 4994

Re: The Ceresilk tarp

My understanding of viking-age silk is that it was used judiciously, mostly as decorative trim and the like rather than for full garments However, there are fully silk lèine (which can be something from a chiton-like garment to a medieval shift) mentioned several times in some of the Irish literatu...
by Sorrel
Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Tolkien was an Anarchist"
Replies: 8
Views: 1284

Re: "Tolkien was an Anarchist"

as to why have a king at all, well, I don't have a good answer to that question - but in one of Tolkein's interviews he talks about liking having a clear succession, of these sorts of eternal institutions. I suspect a good deal of the appeal for him simply was that they are traditional, and in the s...