The Silmarillion – Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

We've got some backtrack and overlap from the previous material right from the outset.  Following the overthrow of Morgoth, Sauron repented in fear to Eonwë.  A Maia could not pardon another Maia, however, so he was directed to Valinor to receive the judgment of Manwë.  Again, fear drives Sauron, this time of losing his power and potentially … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XIV. Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath

The whole of the Quenta Silmarillion comes down to this.  What has passed is prologue.  The hero comes who will stand before the throne of the Valar and redeem both Elves and Men, ending the Doom of Mandos and the Oath of Fëanor. My understanding is that Tolkien discovered the name of Eärendil in one of … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XIV. Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XXIII. Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin

If ever there was a lesson from World War I that ran through Tolkien's works as a connective theme, it's that isolationism is not a good idea.  No matter how much you try to avoid the ills of the world, they will find you one way or another.  Best to confront them head on, with … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XXIII. Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XXII. Of the Ruin of Doriath

World War I was known as "The War to End All Wars."  Had the world been allowed to move forward instead of suffering a series of revenge plays... well, it wouldn't have ended all war, but it might have led to a far lesser amount of suffering.  This was one of the many lessons Professor … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XXII. Of the Ruin of Doriath

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XXI. Of Túrin Turambar

Where the tale of Beren and Lúthien is the most important story in Tolkien's Legendarium, this is the story that started it all, the seed that was planted -- multiple times, as it turns out -- to develop and eventually give rise to the whole of The Silmarillion.  What's interesting, however, is that this story … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XXI. Of Túrin Turambar

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XX. Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad

This chapter is book-ended by things that should belong to the chapters on either side of it.  Or is it just me?  At the beginning, we're told that Beren and Lúthien returned to Middle-Earth to live out their days as mortals until their second death.  Lúthien healed Thingol, but Melian was saddened by whatever she gleaned from … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XX. Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad