This post focus on the narrative the "Aelfwine story" which is a later construction developed from the "Eriol story" presented in the previous post. I will present the narrative and how the story attempts to merge history and mythology. The summary presented below is based on the section "Aelfwine of England". At the end I will have some final comments regarding the End of the Tales and the overall reading experience of The Book of Lost Tales.
This post deals with the first half of the final chapter of The Book of Lost Tales part 2. While this chapter concerns very complicated issues regarding the narrative due to only having notes and outlines and no finalized written narratives, there are two main elements to take into consideration. The earliest plot, "The Eriol Story", and the later development "The Ælfwine Story" (which I will write about in post 2). "The Eriol Story" follows from the previous chapter on Eärendel and what happens with Eriol and the future of Tol Eressëa and the elves.
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 twosplit post concerns the chapter about Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin, one of the great stories of the first age and the biggest battles fought in the history of Middle-Earth. One difference from some later versions is that here we follow what happen to Tuor up until after the Fall of Gondolin. My comments will be featured in the second post.
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 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.