The Silmarillion comprises five parts. In a few cases, this meant that he had to devise completely new material in order to resolve gaps and inconsistencies in the narrative. From the dew of Telperion, the angel Varda (Elbereth) forms the stars which light the twilight of Middle-earth. Valaquenta, the second part, gives a description of the Valar and Maiar, the supernatural powers in Eä. Although Idril and Tuor escape with their son, Eerendil (later to be the husband of Elwing), the White City is destroyed by Balrogs, Orcs, and dragons. In his exploration of cosmic themes, he chose to work through story forms similar to those of a scholar reporting on legends and language of a historical culture. 2. Their love angers Thingol, who demands a Silmaril from the crown of Morgoth as the bride price. Melkor (he who arises in might), originally the mightiest and most favored of the Ainur, renamed Morgoth (dark enemy) after his theft of the Silmarils. He and Luthien are the ancestors of Elrond, Elros, and the Kings of Numenor. The power of song is a continual theme of The Silmarillion. Luthien and Beren return to Middle-earth and rear a son, Dior, who will be Thingol’s heir and the father of Elwing. Tolkien's. The complex consideration of individual limitations in search of freedom and knowledge is bound with the opposition of light and dark. Ulmo, one of the Valar, the lord of waters. He becomes the first king of the Fourth Age, the age of humans. The son of Finwe, Feanor, a master smith, distrusts Melkor and, fearing evil in the future, gathers light from the Two Trees, fashioning it into three marvelous gems, the Silmarils. Overall, the power of death is seen as a gift to mankind and an integral part of humanity. The “gift” of llvatar to men is their mortality, their freedom from the tie which binds Elves to Arda, yet this gift is a perplexity to the Elves, since their friends and allies among men quickly wither and pass away, while the Elves become ever more beautiful and wise with time. After Finrod’s death, suffered while helping the mortal Beren, another human hero, Turin Turambar, becomes a chief counselor for his city, Nargothrond. Each of these good Ainur, or Valar, rules some aspect of the world. Melkor, on passing the term of his imprisonment, appears reformed, joining the Valar in Valinor yet spreading discord through a veil of lies. He submits always to the will of Ilúvatar. The Valar are immortal powers, while Elves are bound to the life of Arda, and Men are mortal, free to die and leave the world. Although never explicitly Christian, the tales reflect a value system consistent with strict morality, set in a universe created and ruled by a benevolent Lord. The fifth and last part of the collection is “Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age.” It completes the story of Elves in Middle-earth. The Valaquenta - a description of the Valar and Maiar, 3. He meets Thingol’s daughter Luthien as she dances and sings in the glades of Doriath. Though the gem is recovered, the city is destroyed. He is the keeper of Vilya, the Ring of Air, bequeathed to him by Gil-galad the Elven king, and is the father of Arwen Undomiel, the “Evenstar” of her people, in whom the likeness of her great-grandmother, Luthien, has come again to Middle-earth. The book is composed of some of the author's unpublished thoughts and was compiled and published by his son Christopher Tolkien. The Ainulindalë - the creation of Eä, Tolkien's universe. After the success of The Hobbit, Tolkien's publisher requested a sequel. As time passes, Anarion’s line dies out in the southern kingdom of Gondor and is replaced by a house of ruling stewards, while Isildur’s northern kingdom fades and the line of Arnor loses its royal stature and becomes a line of rangers, fostered by Elrond of Rivendell and always in opposition to Sauron. Elendil (star lover), who is descended from Eärendil and Elwing but not of the direct line of the Kings of Numenor. He leads the fleet of the faithful who escape the downfall of Numenor and founds the realms of the Numenoreans in Middle-earth. But then again the Tolkien family is not really a fan of Peter Jackson's adaptation of their father's masterpiece. In pity for the woes of Arda, the Valar join once again in their battle and Morgoth is cast out of Time into the void of perpetual banishment. A bridge, built by Turin’s advice, gives access to the city, and the great dragon, Glaurung the Golden, enters with a host of evil warriors and destroys the Elven stronghold. Led by Feanor and his sons, a host of Elves prepares to leave Valinor, against Manwe’s advice. Ilúvatar, also known as Eru (the one), his name meaning “father of all.” He is the creator of Ea (the universe) and of Arda (the earth). Melkor, envious of his skill, takes special delight in marring his works. Yavanna, ruler of the growing things, returns light to Valinor by singing into life two wondrous Trees, Telperion and Laurelin, which glow with their own cyclical light. But we're lucky because the author sold rights to the film before his departure, because Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were his most notable and famous works. Beren, son of a human line allied with Finrod of Nargothrond, is the last survivor of his family, living as a solitary foe of Morgoth. The Silmarillion movie. Elrond chooses to be an Elf lord and remains in Middle-earth as the Master of Imladris (Rivendell). The Elf sires are first met as they wander, singing under starlight. Eventually slain by the same wolf, which has been driven mad by the power of the Silmaril (and from whose body the Silmaril is recovered), he alone of mortal men is allowed to return from the dead to help in later battles. Long aware that the One Ring resides in the Shire with Bilbo Baggins, he is instrumental in preserving it until Frodo can undertake the quest to destroy it. Because J. R. R. Tolkien died before he finished revising the various legends, Christopher gathered material from his father's older writings to fill out the book. At her request, Ilúvatar creates the Ents, giant shepherds of trees, to protect the forests. Tolkien were left wondering if the last book of the famous author would also be turned in to movie. Able only to pollute or to imitate, he perverts captured Elves into Orcs, which become some of Sauron’s most terrible servants. She poisons the Two Trees, casting the world into darkness, and then she helps Melkor kill Finwe and steal the Silmarils. Movies. The Silmarillion, along with J. R. R. Tolkien's other works, forms an extensive, though incomplete, narrative that describes the universe of Eä in which are found the lands of Valinor, Beleriand, Númenor, and Middle-earth, within which The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place. There is only one solution for me: to turn my head away.". After the destruction of Morgoth’s power and his casting out by the Valar, Sauron seemed to repent and put on a fair form, winning acceptance from some Elven peoples as adviser and teacher. Isildur, the son of Elendil. Luthien Tinuviel (nightingale), the daughter of Thingol, the most beautiful of Elvenkind. The Silmarillion (pronounced: /sɪlmaˈrɪljɔn/) is a collection of mythopoeic works by English writer J. R. R. Tolkien, edited and published posthumously by his son, Christopher Tolkien, in 1977, with assistance from Guy Gavriel Kay. The final part, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, is a brief account of the circumstances which led to and were presented in The Lord of the Rings. He fears her power above that of her peers because his strength lies in darkness. The most absorbing and convincing of these characters are those caught in the complications and limitations of their nature as created beings. The inner glow of volcanic fires as seen in the smithies of Elves and Dwarves can produce good things but also can lead to evil, as in Sauron’s use of Mount Doom in the forging of the ruling ring. Corrupted by Melkor, he is used to destroy the bliss of the Elves who have migrated from Middle-earth to Valinor. They help to overthrow Melkor and rescue one Silmaril from his iron crown. The great upheaval of land and sea that drowns the fleet of Ar-Pharazon and sends Nimenor to its grave drives the fleet of Elendil and his sons, Isildur and Anarion, to Middle-earth. The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing. There is only one solution for me: to turn my head away.". He is greatest among the race of Elves called Noldor, skillful craftsmen whom he later leads into rebellion. Saruman shuts himself up in Orthanc, while Gandalf wanders, helping others as he gains wisdom. The history of Nimenor is centered on this theme, but it is only one. As the royal host sails glittering into the West, a small group of Elf friends, led by Elendil of the line of Elros, prepares to flee. With the passing of the Silmarils, many of the Elves forsake Middle-earth and journey West to Valinor. She knows all regions of Ea and loves light above all creations of Ilúvatar. Genealogies become important as the slow pace of Elven history is crossed with the shorter span of Men. The other two, claimed by Feanor’s surviving sons, are won by them after much bloodshed and treachery, following the defeat of Morgoth.