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The Thruth about the LACE (Cartoon)

As we all know, the "Laws And Customs Among the Eldar" were brought to us by the accidental visit of Aelfwine the Mariner in the Undying Lands, and they are all what we know about the marriage customs and the moral code of the Eldar. Right?

Right. But what if things had been in fact a tiny little bit different...

Warnings: Terrible Tolkien-heresy. Poking fun at Elves. Slander of Elves. Bad drawings. Oh, and of course some naughtiness, explicit nudity, and implied slash. Please heed the warnings!
Rated: strictly adult!
Disclaimer: I do not own Tolkien's world, nor the LACE, both created by him. And I use both here without permission and just for fun. Especially for the latter.

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Author's note: The "Laws and Customs Among The Eldar" are J.R.R. Tolkien's main essay about Elvish up-growing, naming, marriage customs, severance of marriage, death and possible rebirth and finally 'fading', and they are all we know canonically about these matters. They were published after Tolkien's death by Christopher Tolkien in "The History of Middle Earth, Volume 10: Morgoth's Ring", HarperCollinsPublishers 1993, in Paperback 1994, Pages 209-236. An (incomplete) online version can be found here.

This cartoon was inspired by a discussion about the all too narrow-minded attitude of some canon-purists concerning the LACE. The ideas, views and the cheerful Tolkien-heresy provided here, though, are entirely my own.

-- Aislynn (with apologies to all Tolkien-Purists. But really, people - take those essays with a grain of salt! They are not primary canon, you know!)


( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 18th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
LOL, thank you for sharing that. :)
Aug. 18th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
:-) You are welcome! Thank you for viewing and commenting!

Aug. 18th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
Tee hee hee... :D

And before I figured out what LACE really was, I was kinda expecting to see Elves frolicking around in lacy underwear... ;P
Aug. 19th, 2006 08:40 am (UTC)
And before I figured out what LACE really was, I was kinda expecting to see Elves frolicking around in lacy underwear... ;P

Well, at least there were some frolicking elves, so I hope you were not entirely disappointed! Glad you enjoyed!

Aug. 19th, 2006 07:13 am (UTC)
For one so deft with angst, you can really carck me up when you let your freak out of the bag! Cheers!
Aug. 19th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)
(makes big, innocent eyes) -- Who, little me? :D

Seriously, I am glad you enjoyed. I loved your knitted-Hobbits recommendation recently, too!

Aislynn (has a new scanner, obviously!) :-)
Aug. 19th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
Lala! Snicker, guffaw!

Go Mistress Crowdaughter!
Aug. 20th, 2006 07:54 am (UTC)
Re: Snort!
My pleasure! Glad you liked it!

Aug. 21st, 2006 10:39 am (UTC)
The Truce About The LACE
ROTFL :-) You´ve allways been a good cartoonist!
Aug. 21st, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
Re: The Truce About The LACE
Hi! Thank you! Coming from you, this praise means a lot - you have always been the far better artist of the two of us!

Glad to see you here! :-)

Sep. 15th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: The Truth About The LACE
P.S. I like the icon! A lot!

Sep. 15th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
That was great fun...
... and I very much agree with you about LACE, you know. *g*

Oh, and by the way, I friended you, I hope you don't mind.

Sep. 15th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
Re: That was great fun...
Hi, Soledad!

What a pleasure to see youhere! I'm glad you liked my cartoon. And I frieded you right back, of course! Be warned, though: I post mostly Aragorn/Legolas slash these days. But maybe inspiration takes me and make me write more gen and PG stuff with time... :)

Greetings to you and Cheers!

Sep. 15th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
Re: That was great fun...
Oh, I don't mind slash - I actually write the stuff myself, as you very well know. I must confess my deep-set dislike for fics where the characters are OOC and/or torn out of the original concept and set into completely different surroundings, though (like high school fics). But again, another person's horrible OOC-ness is other person's highly creative AU, so I guess the "leben und leben lassen" slogan should be applied here, too. :))
Feb. 19th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
And now we know the truth. Amusing story and drawings ;D

Of course you're right LACE are not that canon as we might think.

*surfed here browsing form one flist to the other*
Feb. 19th, 2007 07:17 am (UTC)
Hi! A pleasure!

Welcome to this place, and thank you for commenting! Feel free to stay!
I am glad you liked my little artoon!

Feb. 19th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Welcome!
I saw the others either, nice drawings, but this one is the best and the most accurate, very amusing :)

I only wonder what is queen's name there? Miriel?
Feb. 20th, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
Re: Welcome!
I only wonder what is queen's name there? Miriel?

The Queen's name is Meril. It is from "The Lost Road", an early work of Tolkien that was the first draft of what later became the Silmarillion, and is supposed to be the Queen of the Elves on that isle where Eriol aka Aelfwine got the LACE and all his other knowledge. I believe she got lost (as the name did) when the first drafts evolved into the later writings. But I admit that I have read "The Lost Road" only cursorily, and I am more sure with the later tomes of HOME.

BTW, I surfed over to your Journal and was in awe of your art. May I friend you?

Feb. 20th, 2007 09:14 am (UTC)
Re: Welcome!
I haven't red HoME, yet, apart some essays, mainly from the last volumes. I red a lot about early legendary rather in discussions all over the net, but never knew the queen's name. Thank you for information :)
Maybe she became later Miriel, names sound alike.

Sure, I'll friend you back. My journal contains mainly links to images and some flocked whining over myself from time to time ;) But I don't red of Legolas nor Aragorn and apart some slash fics I follow I'm not a big fan of that genre, either, so please don't be offended if I don't red your Aragorn/Legolas. In fact I find elf/human relationships a bit weird, including the canonical Luthien/Beren.

Feb. 19th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Hi! *waves* I found my way from sirielle. I love this...simply brilliant. I've wasted many thousands of words saying what you managed in just three drawings. :^D
Feb. 20th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
Welcome, Welcome!
Hi! Thank you for the kind comment, I am glad you liked my little cartoon. It was inspired by the reactions of some Tolkien-purist-fans, who think that the LACE are the Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth, without ever questioning the whole things further. :)

Be welcome, and feel free to stay! May I ask then, where I can find that 'wasted' words? I always enjoy reading a good essay (or a good story).


Feb. 20th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Welcome, Welcome!
Oh, I am very familiar with such purist fans...we probably know the same ones. ;) And I've had my rows with them as well.

My essays, stories, and thoughts on life (and fandom ;) can all be found right here, on LJ! And I will friend you, if you don't mind. :)
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