This text is a continuation from the previous chapter and still features Eriol having tales told to him by Meril. This one concerns the coming of the Eldar/Elfs to the world and how the Valar wanted to have them come to live in Valinor.
In this chapter the tale is still told within the Eriol-framework, this time told by Meril-i-Turinqui. The text deals with limpë and the relation to long life and desires of elves and men as well as the relationship between the Valar and Melko.
This chapter mainly deals with the characterising the Valar and how they built their dwellings and shaped Valinor. It also touches upon some tasks of the Valar. Some key elments in the chapter regards brining light to the world by he use of two Lamps and later the Trees of Light.
This passage is basically the first part of the creation myth that Tolkien designed for the world he wrote about. It tells about how Ilúvatar sang the Ainur into being and how the world and elements became real. The story mainly deals with Ilúvatar's vision and design of the world - through music.
The first part of the chapter "The Music of the Ainur" consists of a text which picks up from where the "Cottage of Lost Play" ended. It mainly describes a meeting between Eriol and aged Rúmil who dwells at the cottage and cares for the garden. This part forms a link between the "Cottage of Lost Play" and the tale of "The Music of the Ainur".
"The Cottage of Lost Play" is the first chapter in The Book of Lost Tales part 1. It forms a framework narrative in which the other tales of the two books are told. The chapter features Eriol, a mariner, who finds himself on an island where he encounter elves who tell him tales of their history and the world .
The Book of Lost Tales is the first two books of the 12 volume collection of The History of Middle Earth. This is a compilation of material written by J.R.R. Tolkien put together by Christopher Tolkien.
I have started this blog in order to have a more engaging and active read through of Tolkien's The History of Middle Earth.