Of the Beginning of Days.
Once upon a time, there was … okay, wrong story – Tolkien doesn’t use such hackneyed clichés to introduce his history of Middle Earth. But there is a beginning, and even in the dim, starlit ages before time, forces are at work in Arda which will one day lead a weary, wounded hobbit to the brink of Mount Doom.
The events of this ageless past, dealing primarily with the shaping and re-shaping of the world, as well as the war of Melkor against the Valar, and its results, laid the groundwork for all that later occurs in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. By looking at this history, we can gain a much better appreciation of the depth and richness of Tolkien’s work, as well as a greater understanding of the timeless themes which he espoused.
What did the Valar do right in their shaping of middle Earth, and what were their mistakes? How did the advent of the Firstborn affect the course of history? And what of the Gift of Ilúvatar ? Join us this weekend in #thehalloffire as we continue our study of The Silmarillion with Quenta Silmarillion; The History of the Silmarils (chapt. 1).
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