I: The Book of Lost Tales part 1, V: THE COMING OF THE ELVES AND THE MAKING OF KÔR

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.

Meril continues by telling Eriol about how the elves came to dwell in the world. Manwë knew by signs that the Eldar had arrived and soon Oromë came and told the Valar that he had found them in Palisor, in the Great Lands. The Valar gathered and rejoiced and Manwë released Melko who still had to wear the fetters and manacles. Nomorë was sent to seek out the Eldar in order to bring them to Manwë who wanted to know of their coming and desires.

Nomorë brings three elves of the Eldar: Isil Inwë, Finwë Nólemë and Tinwë Linto. When they’ve been questioned Manwe realize that Ilúvatar had cleared their minds of any knowledge about their coming. They do not remember how they got there. Most of the Valar agree that the Eldar should come and live in Valinor among them. Nomorë bring back the elves and they bring forth word that the Valar had bid them to live in Valinor, which the Eldar agree to. Ulmo used an Island dragged by whales in order to ferry over the elves to Valinor over the Great Sea. First he ferry over the group that are led by Inwë, the Teleri. Secondly he ferry over the group that are led by Finwë, the Noldoli. While he is ferrying over the third group, led by Tinwë, Ossë anchors the Island to the bottom of the ocean and they cannot continue to Valinor. Ossë had been wroth and jealous of Ulmo.

Ulmo befriended the group of elves on the Island (which we know as Tol Eressëa, the Lonely Island), the Solosimpi. There they dwellt in caves and learnt music and sea-lore from Ulmo. In Valinor Manwë taught the Teleri and Aulë learnt his skills of craft to the Noldoli. At a lonely hill in a valley, not far from the ocean, the elves wanted to settle. They established a city of white houses called Kôr. Ossë have grown fond of the Solosimpi. He made swans for them. After a long time when the groups of Eldar longs to meet each other again Aulë builds boats, in the shape of swans, that can bring the Solosimpi from Tol Eressëa. The boats are dragged by gulls. When the Solosimpi arrived they did not dwell in Kôr as much as the other Eldar, they had come to prefer to live closer to the ocean, in caves and do more seafarthing. The Noldoli had started to fashion many gems and precious stones that they also produced as gifts to the Valar. One of the elves, Fëanor, had crafted some special ones called the Silmarilli.

Characters to note

  • Nornorë – Herald of the Valar. Master of speed.
  • Isil Inwë – Also Inwithiel. (= Ingwë, The Silmarillion). Lord of the Teleri.
  • Finwë Nólomë – Also Golfinweg. Lord of the Noldoli. Father of Turondo/Turgon.
  • Tinwë Linto – Also Tinwelint. (= Elwë Singollo/Tingol, The Silmarillion). Lord of the Solosimpi, later lord of the Elves of Hisilóme. Father of Tinúviel.
  • Ellu – (=Olwë, The Silmarillion). Lord of the Solisimpi after Tinwë Linto.
  • Wendelin – Wife of Tinwë. Mother of Tinúviel.
  • Fëanor – An Noldoli Eldar who made the Silmarilli-stones in Valinor.

Places to note

  • Tol Eressëa – The Lonely Island. Originally secretly used by Ossë, then used by Ulmo as a means of transport of the Eldar over the Great Sea. Since then anchored by Ossë. The Solosimpi dwelt there for a long time.
  • Kôr – The city with white houses of the Eldar dwelling in Valinor.
  • The Great Sea – The Sea that divides the continents of the world (the Great Lands in the east and the realm of the Valar in the west).
  • The Shadowy Sea – The part of the Great Sea closest to the continent in the west.
  • The Twilit Isles – Also Enchanted Isles or Magic Isles.

Comments

From my perspective, the most important feature of this chapter is the fact that it illuminates that the Eldar was not different from the beginning, but having formed different groups and had different experiences, learning from different Valar they become distinct from each other culturally.

What is lacking in this version in comparison with The Silmarillion is the fact that there is no mention if any elves remained in the Great Lands (which we know is the case in The Silmarillion). Another major difference between the books is the fact that at this point in time, in The Book of Lost Tales, Melko is released now. In The Silmarillion he have not yet been fettered.

One of the most interesting point in this chapter and previous ones, is that the Valar are not perfect beings. They are able to be jealous, selfish, to anger and so on. There are dynamic relations within this realm of “gods”, if we may call them so. Do you have any viewpoint on this?

Have you read this chapter? Please comment and tell me what you think of this part and if you have anything to add!

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