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This may be useful to some of you who write certain Middle-earth cultures like Arnor/Eriador, Laketown/Dale, Rohan, and the like. Even absent that, it's interesting on its own.

What medieval Europe did with its teenagers

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lady_branwyn
Apr. 15th, 2014 11:13 pm (UTC)
Very interesting--thanks for sharing this.
I recall reading work by a social historian (maybe Phillipe Aries) who claimed that early modern parents did not make an emotional investment in their offspring until the children had managed to survive for several years!
marta_bee
Apr. 15th, 2014 11:28 pm (UTC)
I've got a friend who runs a small independent publishing company on the history of Quakerism, and he mentioned something rather interesting to me: as late as the 18th century, Quakers had family trees and genealogy documents specially printed up that didn't have two columns for dates: one for birth dates, one for the recorded. At the time it was common (according to him, at least) to not record the child as a family member until years later, and Quakers were the odd ones out to record the child's birth right away.

Now that I think about it, that seems slightly off to me, so it's possible I'm misremembering the details. But the basic thrust of what you're saying about early modern parenting seems right. :-)
shirebound
Apr. 15th, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
That *is* interesting. I had no idea about this practice.
mrowe
Apr. 19th, 2014 06:38 am (UTC)
Given that we already know the Heirs of Isildur were fostered in Rivendell, it stands to reason that the practice would exist to some extent in Middle-earth.
Also, Túrin was sent to Doriath to be fostered by Thingol, so First Age as well.
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