This is the final chapter in the Book of Lost Tales part 1. This chapter looks a bit different than the earlier chapters, because it is not told as extensively as tales told by characters. A short passage is a tale told by Gilfanon (about the Eldar dwelling in Palinsor and how Nuin finds the sleeping men). The rest (The Awakening of Men and The History of the Exiled Gnomes) are written as outlines consisting of very abbreviated concepts of what events took place.
This tale deals with three main themes: The Hiding and protection of Valinor, The Gates of Night and Morn and the passages of the Sun and Moon, and finally, The Counting of Days, Months and Years.
When a new guest has arrived to the Cottage, Gilfanon a-Davrobel, Lindo tells another tale. So this chapter deals with how after the destruction of the Trees of Light, that the gods tried to return light to the world again.
This passage of the tale told by Lindo is a continuation from the previous chapter “The Theft of Melko and the Darkening of Valinor”. It features how a group of the Eldar, notoriously a lot of the Noldoli, leaves Valinor and wanders north in order to access the world, that is, the Great Lands (or Middle-Earth as we know the continent as in Tolkien’s later works).
The tale of this chapter concerns how Melko manipulated the Noldoli in order to get hold of the the precious gems that they had made and to create distrust towards the other gods. The chapter also features the theft of the Silmarils and the ruin of the Trees of Light.
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".