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