The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XII. Of Men

Once again, the Valar sit on their laurels and congratulate themselves.  Behind their mountains, all are at peace.  They turned on the lights, but they left Middle-Earth unprotected.  Of course Morgoth sneaks around through the backdoor.  Next thing you know, he's pretty much overrun the place.  The Years of the Sun run quicker than the longer … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XII. Of Men

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XI. Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor

As it is with pretty much all religious / spiritual texts, there's a direct and dogmatic way to read this chapter, and there's a poetic and symbolic way to read this chapter.  And as with our real world counterparts, the direct way will pretty much fall apart if you know anything about science.  Thing is, … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XI. Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: X. Of the Sindar

Now that we've had the direct storytelling thrust of the Darkening of Valinor, Tolkien takes a step back to when Melkor was chained for three ages.  Lúthien is born at the end of this first age.  The Dwarves awaken during the second.  The great halls of Khazad-dûm are crafted, as are the Caves of Menegroth, the … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: X. Of the Sindar

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: IX. Of the Flight of the Noldor

As one might imagine, the dark deeds of Melkor have quite the fallout.  Chaos, mayhem, destruction... these are ever found in the wake of a Dark Lord. Even in the darkest of dark, there is ever a glimmer of hope.  Yavanna believes that with but a little of the remaining light held within the Silmarils, … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: IX. Of the Flight of the Noldor

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: VIII. Of the Darkening of Valinor

Forgive me for mixing stories here, but with this chapter I'm reminded of an old Klingon proverb that says, "Revenge is a dish best served cold."  Regardless of which story you're in, if you're known as a Dark Lord, you have to live up to that title in ways indisputable by all.  The only way … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: VIII. Of the Darkening of Valinor

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: VII. Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor

Before we get going on this post, I need to call something to attention.  Raise a glass, friends, and celebrate, for we just passed September 15th, the 40th anniversary of The Silmarillion. Now that we've marked a bit of history, let's get to it. Coming into the fullness of his skill, Fëanor created a wonder that … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: VII. Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: VI. Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor

Melkor is chained.  The Blessed Realm is experiencing "the fullness of its glory and its bliss.  Rúmil of Tirion brings the beginnings of writing. During this time is born the eldest sons of Finwë, including his most beloved, Fëanor ("Spirit of Fire").  His birth consumed the body and spirit of his mother Míriel to the point where she … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: VI. Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: V. Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië

A couple of weeks back, I outlined the various branches of the Elven line in their completion, the idea being that familiarity comes with repetition, and it's just easier (if somewhat more overwhelming) if you can see the entire web up front.  Last week, we saw the creation of the Sindar.  This week's chapter goes … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: V. Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: IV. Of Thingol and Melian

After last week's epic genealogy of the Elves, Tolkien gives us a reprieve of sorts in that this chapter is all of a page and a half.  Still... you've no doubt heard the expression that dynamite comes in small packages.  This chapter deals with the origins of the Sindar, aka the Grey-elves, the Elves of … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: IV. Of Thingol and Melian

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