The Silmarillion for People Who Don't Want to Read It, Part 4: Of Elwë and Melian and the Journey to Valinor

by - 2:12 PM

*sidles up to you*



*holds out cupcakes as peace offering*

Ughhh I'm sorry for the long wait. I guess this isn't going to be so much a weekly/monthly thing as as series completed slowly over the time of my blog.

Anyway, here's part 4, and enjoy. :)


Now, on the journey to Valinor, several interesting things happened.

The first was that Elwë got a girlfriend.

Er, wife.

You see, there was a Maia (angel of lesser power than the Valar, remember) named Melian. She loved Middle-earth, and often left Valinor to walk through it. She was much beloved by all the birds, but especially the nightingales, and she would wander under the shadows of the great trees and sing with her birds.

Now, it just happened that one night after a long march, Elwë decided to go on a walk over to the Noldor camp. He set off and was wandering about when he got lost (great going Elwë) and suddenly heard the beautiful song of the nightingales. Enchanted, he followed their song until he came across a clearing where he saw Melian and fell instantly in love with her and she with him. He went up to her and took her hand, and a spell was laid upon them so that they stood there for a very, very long time before moving or speaking again. His kin came to look for him but could not find him, and so his brother Olwë became king of the Teleri and led them from thereon in their journey to Valinor. But Elwë stayed in Beleriand (the specific section of Arda where most of this takes place, commonly thought to be northwest of Middle-earth) with Melian, and they set up a kingdom in the forest of Doriath in the halls of Menegroth, and Elwë gathered to him to be his subjects some Elves who were with their descendants known as the Sindar. And Elu Thingol he was renamed and is generally known as in the history books. Therefore, from now on in this series he shall be called Thingol.

Meanwhile, the Noldor and Vanyar (because of stopping to look for Elwë/Thingol, the Teleri were far behind them) arrived at the shores of Middle-earth. They were stumped as to how to get across, having no boats nor the knowledge of making them, until Ulmo came and thought of a solution. He uprooted an island from the middle of the sea, dragged it over to the shores of Middle-earth, and anchored it there while the Noldor and Vanyar climbed on. Then he uprooted it again and dragged it all the way back over the sea to Aman, where the Noldor and Vanyar all happily disembarked and began to start their new lives in the Undying Lands. 

Now, the Teleri arrived on the scene too late for this - the island was already gone. So they lingered by the shores sorrowfully, calling out to Ulmo to come take them. Ossë was thrilled they had been left behind, for now perhaps he could have Elves of his own, and he began to teach them of songs of the sea and of building ships, and for a while they lived there. But after a while, Ulmo dragged the island back over the sea, and the main host of the Teleri embarked and set off for Valinor, leaving an upset Ossë behind. (A few of the Teleri did stay, however, and these were the first shipbuilders and mariners in Middle-earth, headed by Círdan the Shipwright (you may have heard of him.))

As the Teleri on the island drew closer to Aman, Ossë begged Ulmo to stay their voyage and send them back. The Teleri heard his voice and recognized it, and they also begged Ulmo to not bring them onto Aman. Thus Ulmo anchored the island in a bay by the shores of Aman, and it was afterwards called Tol Eressëa - remember it, it's an important place. Henceforth there the Teleri dwelt, separated from their kin the Noldor and Vanyar, and over time their speech was sundered from that of the other Elves as well.







You May Also Like


  1. The names are so hard to keep track of.

    The uprooting islands was an interesting workaround for the boats.
    It's like when you're learning a new language and have to explain the thing without using that word you don't know.

    1. I know. It'll only get worse in the next part.
      I know. Not the first thing I would have thought of, to be honest, but it seemed to work well.
      Or define a word without using the word in the definition. Or, even worse, having an idea to do a thing but not knowing how to do the thing or being able to explain the thing.


Thank you for your comment :) they make my day. Feedback is always welcome.