This post concerns the chapter The Tale of Eärendel. This and the next chapter are two chapters that are based on outlines and notes about the plot and do not consist of narrative form. Earlier chapters have been told as tales to which Eriol listens, but here we completely lack this element. The chapter provides outlines, notes and poems which Christopher Tolkien have commented. The Tale od Eärendel was meant to follow-up on the The Tale of the Nauglafring which left off at the flight of Elwing. However, this chapter also put some light on the Eldar leaving Kôr. I will give a summary of that first and then focus on the fates of Eärendel and his family. More of the Eldar leaving Kôr will be featured in the next post.
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.
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.
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.