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The Daily Drabble--"The Favorite Son"

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The Daily Drabble--"The Favorite Son"

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invidious \in-VID-ee-uhs\, adjective:
  1. Tending to provoke envy, resentment, or ill will.</i>
  2. Containing or implying a slight.

  3. Envious.


Examples
"But to the human hordes of Amorites -- Semitic nomads wandering the mountains and deserts just beyond the pale of Sumer -- the tiered and clustered cities, strung out along the green banks of the meandering Euphrates like a giant's necklace of polished stone, seemed shining things, each surmounted by a wondrous temple and ziggurat dedicated to the city's god-protector, each city noted for some specialty -- all invidious reminders of what the nomads did not possess."
-Thomas Cahill, The Gifts of the Jews

"In his experience people were seldom happier for having learned what they were missing, and all Europe had done for his wife was encourage her natural inclination toward bitter and invidious comparison."
-Richard Russo, Empire Falls

"The lover's obsessiveness may also take the form of invidious comparisons between himself, or herself, and the rival."
-Ethel S. Person, "Love Triangles," The Atlantic, February 1988

"For five decades, Indian liberals, and some from Europe and America, have been shaming the Western world with its commercialism, making invidious comparisons with Indian spirituality."
-Leland Hazard, "Strong Medicine for India," The Atlantic, December 1965

Etymology
Invidious
is from Latin invidiosus, "envious, hateful, causing hate or ill-feeling," from invidia, "envy," from invidere, "to look upon with the evil eye, to look maliciously upon, to envy," from in-, "upon" + videre, "to look at, to see."


Today's drabble takes the PoV on Fingolfin. I used to not be very fond of Fingolfin, but taking his PoV once or twice during AMC made me have some heart for the guy. (Don't tell Feanor!)


The Favorite Son
My hands clench upon the arms of the chair; my teeth worry my lip until it bleeds. It is a slow fight, a painful fight, and one from which I rarely emerge unscathed. A fight against myself.

Watching my father with my half-brother, locked in an embrace: these are not tears in my eyes; my fingernails are not rending the flesh of my own palms; it is not bitterness accounting for the pounding of my invidious heart.

The narrowing of vision—seeing only them—excludes my wife and son from sight. Excludes my brother, my mother.

It sees only them.
  • *Suspicious look* Have you been reading my mind? I just finished a fic that also touches on this idea! :P

    Poor Fingolfin - I *do* like him and I feel sorry for him. No matter how hard he tried he was always the second son!

    BTW... tears in his ears? Did you mean eyes?
    • *Suspicious look* Have you been reading my mind?

      No. Of course not. *looks guilty and mutters about damned osanwe*

      I'll suffice to say that great minds think alike!

      No matter how hard he tried he was always the second son!

      And the obvious second favorite, although I do wonder where poor Finarfin ranks? You never hear about that guy. I guess he just figured he couldn't compete. *huggles poor, neglected Finarfin*

      BTW... tears in his ears? Did you mean eyes?

      Yes, actually! Thanks for noticing; I fixed it. *blushes* I have a bit of a thing for ears, so we'll chalk it up to a Freudian slip. ;)
  • Ah, lovely, Dawn! I have a bit of a thing for Fingolfin too! I loved the emotion in this drabble. Nice one. Really, really nice.

    My hands clench upon the arms of the chair; my teeth worry my lip until it bleeds.

    Awww! I just want to throw my arms around the poor guy!
    • Thanks! I feel bad for Fingolfin because I can only imagine the pain of knowing that he 1) came from a controversial marriage that many probably thought should never have been and 2) no matter what he did, he was cold in Feanor's shadow. And it doesn't seem like Finwe even tried to make his preference a secret.

      I didn't like him at first because Feanor had me convinced he was a Bad Guy and deserved all that he got, but I don't believe that so much now. Like Feanor, he was put in a tough position from the start; he did his best, I guess.

      Feanor is glaring at me now. ;)
  • Poor kid. I can't remember ever not liking him.
    • Really? Lucky you. I had a long spell where I was Under the Influence of Feanor, which meant that Fingolfin was Teh Evil. I would have blamed him for a lot of things that--looking at things from his perspective--were not so much his fault as a result of his situation. A lot like Feanor.

      Nonetheless, Feanor is not happy that I've grown to like him. :^/
      • Well, there certainly was a spell where I would have been like "Um, one of those F- ones yeah?" I don't even remember when I began liking the Sil or when certain characters (erm, well Houses) became my favorite.

        No, I imagine Feans isn't happy...
        • And "those F-ones" count for, what, 50% of the book? ;)

          I remember those days, literally stopping to flip to the names index, asking, "Who the hell is Feanor??" o.O
    • "Who the hell is Feanor??" o.O

      The horror! The humanity!... O_o!!!
      • And, unfortunately, 100% true. Once I saw the entry for Feanor, I thought, "Oh. He seems rather important." Which is when I realized that I was going to have to read the book again, more closely this time. And that second reading was the point where I got officially hooked.

        So you could say that Feanor--or my ignorance of him--was my reason for falling in love with the Sil. :)
    • 50% of the important ones at least! ;)

      "Who the hell is Feanor??" o.O

      Lo! I think I gave up trying to figure out who was who after the 643rd time I said "Wait, which Fin- is that?"
      • Oh, hey, readig the Silm was not so bad. At least, they only have one name in it. After going through HoME, I felt like I was going crazy and I'm still not 100% sure I know all the Quenyan names of Finwe's family members. Not to mention that I laughed at Maedhros and thought: 'This kid has almost as many names as Turin!'
        • The first time reading of The Sil for me left (seriously, just typed "theft". Feanorian slip?) me rather dazed. I don't think I could've told you a thing about it. But now I've got everyone straight! Including Quenya names, I think.

          I haven't even gotten to HoME yet. I own Morgoth's Ring, which has, I just realized last night, become lost among my schoolwork.
          :-\

          I do think I remember reading the Book of Lost Tales I, where Finwe(?) I think it was, was called Maidros. I was like "No." :P
      • Oh, I remember going through the first two books of HoME and having massive head-aches. It is rather annoying to see the process of creation and just how much it took Tolkien to make up his mind on who is called what and who is who's father/son. (In some cases, that's not clear even now!)

        I do think I remember reading the Book of Lost Tales I, where Finwe(?) I think it was, was called Maidros. I was like "No."

        Lol! I know what you mean. There are many things in HoME that make me say "Heck no!" I must have missed that one with Finwe/Maidros.
        • No joke! It's almost like Tolkien said "Ok, I'm going to use these names." And then drew them out of a hat each day, such that each character has every other character's name at least once!! Ai!
      • I do think I remember reading the Book of Lost Tales I, where Finwe(?) I think it was, was called Maidros. I was like "No." :P

        Really? Ick.

        I do think that I recall that Tolkien changed Maedhros' name to "Maidros" at one point, to make it more Anglicized. I guess he figured his dumb readers couldn't figure out that pesky "dh." ;)
        • I guess he figured his dumb readers couldn't figure out that pesky "dh."

          You know, I would've figured this out a lot earlier if the pronunciation guide had been in the bloody front instead of the back!!!!!!!!!!

          I think "Maidros" is...well, a bad name. I like "Maedhros" much better!
  • these are not tears in my eyes; my fingernails are not rending the flesh of my own palms; it is not bitterness accounting for the pounding of my invidious heart.

    You know, the picture you paint in this drabble sums up the feelings Fingolfin seems to have towards Feanor in AMC perfectly on point.

    Lovely, really (though this somehow seems to be the wrong word for this... I've only been using "wonderful" already in your birthday story for allie_meril and didn't want to do so again...).
    • *giggles* I know the feeling. I tend to review stories using the same words: "Lovely!" "Wonderful!" "Intriguing!" Methinks I need a thesaurus. ;)

      But thank you! It was AMC!Fingolfin who "wrote" the drabble, so that you noticed makes me smile. :)
  • Well, I don't know if it's osanwe or not, but as I saw the word, I told myself... this is sooo Fingolfin material. Of course, it is better written and more expressive than anything I could come up with, from Nolofinwe's POV, so... I am going to try and see things from Feany's perspective. I promise to catch up on all the drabbles and write some myself. I just got home now, after a few hectic days and I am going through my f-list as we speak.
    • Don't feel pressured to catch up. I miss days at a time sometimes and the DotD is my idea! :)

      It'd be interesting to see a Feanor drabble for this word from his PoV, about Finwe's relationship with Fingolfin. Kinda makes me think of an SWG challenge we had a while back.... ;)

      And don't say that it is better than anything you could come up with. I didn't even like this one. It's all a matter of perspective. I'm sure your Nolo could surprise us all. :)
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