The Silmarillion for People Who Don't Want to Read It, Part 2: Of the Beginning of Days and Creation of Dwarves

HELLO YOUNG BLOODS.

And welcome to Part 2 of "The Silmarillion for People Who Don't Want to Read it", a series on this blog where I break down bit-by-bit The Silmarillion for, well, people who don't want to read it! So, sans further ado.....

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Now, after this initial defeat of Melkor, the Valar set right to making Arda habitable for the Children. There was a need of light in Arda, which had hitherto been dark, Yavanna realized, and so she told Aulë that he was to make some sort of light so her plants could grow. So Aulë forged two mighty lamps, and Manwë hallowed them, and they were set on pillars at the very north (that lamp was Illuin) and south (that lamp was Ormal) of the world, so that it were lit as a changeless day.

In this light Yavanna's plants began to grow: everything from mosses and ferns to the great trees that would later become Ents, and all sorts of animals came and made their homes in the greenland. This is called the Spring of Arda. The Valar, extremely happy at this event in the development of the world, drew their attention away from the North, whereto Melkor had hidden, and towards great celebration of the Spring.

BUT.

While they had not their eyes upon him, Melkor, being sneakery, built a great, dark, and terrible fortress called Utumno, to where he gathered all his evil servants. And then he struck the first blow in his new war against the Valar: he came out of his fortress and threw down Illuin and Ormal! The lands and seas were broken and aroused themselves in tumult, and in the confusion that followed Melkor was able to escape the Valar and travel back to Utumno.

After the seas and lands had been subdued and the search for Melkor deemed fruitless, the Valar came to their land, Valinor, and began to build up their strength there. They built towers and cities and houses and gardens, and on a green mound before the gates of the city of Valmar, their capital, Nienna and Yavanna grew two beautiful, majestic trees, the greatest and most lovely the world has ever known. They were called the Two Trees of Valinor, and one was silver, one was gold. The silver one they called Telperion, and the gold one they called Laurelin. This age was called the Bliss of Valinor.

NOW.

Aulë was feeling quite impatient, you see, for the Children had not yet come, and he desired to have them to teach and love. So he decided in his head to fashion his own creatures to teach and to love, and these he called Dwarves, and he created the Seven Fathers of Dwarves under a mountain in Middle-earth. But, just as he had finished, Eru got wind of his plans and spoke in a deep voice to Aulë, saying, "Uh-uh, man, what do you think you're doing? Why do you desire this, which is beyond your power and authority, and only within mine?"

Aulë had a bit of an uh-oh moment and replied quickly, "Lord, I only desired to have creatures other than our kind, to teach and to love, but in my impatience I have fallen into folly. What can I do to make you less angry with me, my Lord? Must I strike them down?" And he picked up a hammer, prepared to do so.

But Eru, impressed by Aulë's humility and repentance, said, "No. They are people now, with thoughts and feelings, you mustn't destroy them. But neither will I suffer them to come forth before my Firstborn, my Elves. Therefore, they shall lie in wait here until after my Firstborn have come forth, until I shall take them as adopted Children, and they shall come into the world then."

"Oh, thank you thank you THANK YOU!" cried Aulë, and at once set to lying the Dwarves down into a deep sleep. He sorrowfully bade them farewell, and left, waiting longingly for them to rise again.

It would be said in the Dwarvish belief thereafter that Aulë, their maker, whom they called Mahal, would gather them in a special place in Mandos at the time of their death, and after the End of the World their duty would be to serve Aulë in rebuilding it, and that they should find their place among the Children in the End.

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This concludes Part 2 of "The Silmarillion for People Who Don't Want to Read It". Next time, we shall talk about the Captivity of Melkor, and possibly also the Coming of Elves.

ALSO.

IMPORTANT NOTICE.

I will be gone on vacation to San Francisco with my mom from July 29 - August 3. I won't be posting during that time, although I will still be reading your posts and moderating comments - just perhaps at a slower rate.

WELL I THINK THAT'S ALL FOR TODAY.

PLANT A TREE.

HUG A DWARF.

AND REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE ALL EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL PICKLES.

Namarië,
Ellie

11 comments:

  1. I like how you make them talk like a mixture of normal people and high-and-mighty godly folk. It's funny. Not like hahahaha funny or even blow-air-out-of-my-nose-harder-than-usual funny, but funny enough to keep people interested.

    I went to San fransisco once. There was too many people. I didn't like it. Hopefully you have a higher people tolerance than me.

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    1. Thank you! It is good that it keeps people interested. My main worry was that people would nod off during it, which is why I try to keep it in small parts. Perhaps I should insert fan art throughout.
      I do not like crowds either, but, on account of my mom's foot, we will probably be taxying (is that a word? Now it is.) to most places instead of walking there, which will help minimize our interaction with people.

      - Ellie

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    2. YES DO THE FAN ART! Pictures make everything better.

      I just realized I haven't ever been in a taxi. That is interesting. Nor have I been on a train. Or a ski lift. Hm. Or a spaceship.
      Maybe I am a spaceship. Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Gwenterprise, and her continuing mission to seek out new methods of transportation, explore strange new worlds, and read the Silmarillion; to boldly go where no Gwen has gone before!

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    3. LOL! Love the Star Trek. ;)

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    4. OKAY I MIGHT.
      Taxis are okay when they're not littered with the trash of drunk former occupants.
      I have not been on a ski lift, but I have been on a tube lift thingy, where you get in a snow tube and they attach it to a line that drags it up the mountain while you're sitting on it. It's really quite fun, but you must wear snow pants because otherwise your butt will get very wet and very cold after a while.
      HOW DO WE KNOW WE'RE NOT JUST ON ONE GIANT SPACESHIP AND WHAT WE THINK IS REAL LIFE IS JUST AN ILLUSION BEING PROGRAMMED INTO OUR HEADS TO HELP US MENTALLY SURVIVE THE LONG SPACE JOURNEY???
      Oh my gosh I need to stop.
      But I do love Star Trek. If you have your own ship, I still call science officer.

      - Ellie

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    5. WE'RE JUST ON THE HOLO-DECK! I m not really sure how to spell that, but I like the next generation episodes where Data and Jordy (not sure how to spell that either) go play Sherlock holmes in the hologram deck.
      YOUR THEORY IS AMAZING. I LIKE THAT. It reminds me of an episode of doctor who where they were talking about aliens that travel through space for an immensely long time and they make immaginary worlds for themselves to play in on the journey.

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    6. As someone who has only ever watches First Generation, I can only look at you with a blank face ass you describe this scene. However, it sounds quite funny.
      I like the one where Kirk and Spock went down to that Greece-like civilization where the mind controllers are. That was fun.
      THANK YOU DEAR. Oooh, that sounds funnnnn! I could make myself Middle-earth and Discworld!!

      - Ellie

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  2. YES I LOVE THESE STORIES. I've always liked the story about the two trees. And nothing is as wonderful as the Silmarillion characters talking like normal people. I will forever remember the Manwë and the sunglasses conversation.

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    1. SAME SAME SAME.
      Agreed, it's quite hilarious.
      SUNGLASSES.

      - Ellie

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  3. Another awesome installment of The Silmarillion For Those Who Don't Want To Read It! :D I always liked the part when the dwarves were created. :)

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    1. Thank you! :) Yeah, me too!

      - Ellie

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