The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: III. Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor

"Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky..." From the beginning, Arda has been plagued with the creatures and machinations devised by Melkor.  The Valar will not allow the Firstborn to enter the world in darkness, so while Varda prepares for their arrival by placing stars in the sky to guide them, Tulkas brings the … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: III. Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: II. Of Aulë and Yavanna

Remember the inscription upon the One Ring: "Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone..." We've come to know much about the Dwarves already from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  We know them to be strong and stout, stubborn, quick in friendship and in enmity, to be of big heart when … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: II. Of Aulë and Yavanna

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: I. Of the Beginning of Days

The First War began before Arda was fully manifest.  Melkor held the upper hand, but coming to the aid of the Valar was Tulkas the Strong.  Before his wrath and laughter, Melkor fled.  Tulkas became one of the Valar, and Melkor targeted him as an eternal enemy.  During the peace that ensued from the coming … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: I. Of the Beginning of Days

The Lord of the Rings – Appendix F: I. The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age

Here it is.  We have arrived to the part of Middle-Earth that makes it what it is today: languages. The language represented in this history by English was the Westron or "Common Speech" of the West-lands of Middle-earth in the Third Age.  In the course of that age it had become the native language of nearly … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix F: I. The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age

The Lord of the Rings – Appendix E: II. Writing

Last week we learned how to pronounce all things Middle-Earth.  But keep in mind, Tolkien was not only a linguist, he was an historian.  That means writing stuff down in all those languages he created.  Calligraphy enthusiasts, this bit's for you! Accordingly, writing systems are put forth in this subsection, being an essential part of … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix E: II. Writing