Orgulas' Sil Study CH 4 Jul 1, 2005 21:31:59 GMT -6
Post by Desi Baggins on Jul 1, 2005 21:31:59 GMT -6
Sil Ch 4: Of Thingol and Melian
Melian was a Maia, akin to Yavanna. She lived in the gardens of Lórien, and among all his people there was none more beautiful than Melian, nor one more skilled in songs of enchantment. Nightingales went always with her, and she taught them their song. In the time the Elves awoke at Cuiviénen she left Valinor to fill the silence of Middle-earth with her voice.
Like already is told, the Teleri rested in East Beleriand at the Gelion, while many of the Noldor still lived in the west of Beleriand. Elwë, lord of the Teleri, often travelled through the woods to Finwë, his friend of the Noldor. On one of his travels through the forest of Nan Elmoth he suddenly had heard a voice among the song of the nightingales, and was enchanted by it. He followed it into the forest, forgetting his people, and got lost. But finally he arrived at a glade where he found Melian, in who’s face he saw the light of Aman. They did not speak, but Elwë went to her and took her hand. At once a spell came over them and they stood like that for long years. Thus Elwë’s people did not find him, and Olwë accepted kingship over the Teleri and departed. Elwë later became king of all the Eldar in Beleriand; the Sindar or Grey Elves. Melian was his queen and their halls were in Menegroth, the Thousand Caves, in Doriath. Though he was king over the Úmanyar he himself was accounted among the Elves of Light, as of all the Sindar he alone had seen the Trees of Valinor. Elwë never again came over the ocean to Valinor, and Melial never returned as long as their realm existed. From their love the fairest of all Children of Ilúvatar was born.
This is only a small chapter. Why is it important? What do you think of the love between a Maia and an Elf?