Sil Study CH 5 Sept 1, 2005 14:18:55 GMT -6
Post by Androga Erindalant on Sept 1, 2005 14:18:55 GMT -6
Sil Ch3: Of Eldamar and the Princes of Eldalië
In time the Vanyar and the Noldor arrived on the western shores of the Hither Lands. In the north those shores ran further towards the West, only seperated by a small sea from Aman, but that region was filled with ice because of Melkor’s frost. Therefore Oromë brought the Elves to the lands around the Sirion. Ulmo came to those shores to talk to the Elves, and by his words their fear for the sea was turned into desire. Then Ulmo detached an island and moved it into the Bay of Balar. The Vanyar and Noldor embarked onto it and were then were taken to the coasts of Aman. Though one piece broke and remained in the Bay of Balar, and this was called the Isle of Balar.
The Teleri had stayed in East Beleriand and by that heard Ulmo’s summons too late. They were still searching for their lord Elwë, but when they heard Ingwë and Finwë’s peoples had left, many of them travelled to the Mouth’s of Sirion, and they took Olwë, Elwë’s brother, as their king. Long they stayed at the shores of the western sea, where they learned much of sea-lore and sea-music from Ossë, Maia of Ulmo. Only after many years they were brought to Aman, when the Noldor and their King Finwë asked Ulmo for them. Yet some stayed in the region of Ossë. They were the Falathrim, the first makers of ships in Middle-earth, and Círdan was their lord.
Elwë Singollo’s kinsfolk and friends also remained in Middle-earth, where they were still searching for him, even while they longed to go to Valinor too. When Elwë awoke from his trance he came with Melial from Nan Elmoth to live in the woods in the middle of the land. His people gathered around him and they were amazed, as he looked as noble as if he was a lord of the Maiar.
During the journey of the Teleri to Aman they were followed by Ossë. They recognized him and asked Ulmo to stop their journey. Ulmo fulfilled their request, as he understood them. The island was rooted to the foundations of the earth. It lay alone, close to the bay of Eldamar, and it was called Tol Eressëa. There they lived for as long as they wanted under the stars, but still remained in the sight of Aman.
To the Vanyar and the Noldor in Aman the Valar had given a land to live. Because the Elves still longed to see the stars, the Valar made a valley in the great walls of the Pelóri, which ran down to the sea. In there, on the hill Túna, the Elves built their city Tirion. From the west the light of the Trees shone upon it, and to the east it looked upon Tol Eressëa. Ingwë, king of the Vanyar, lived in the highest tower of the city. Since the Elves most loved the white tree of all things, a lesser image was planted in the city, and it was named Celeborn. From this tree Nimloth, the White Tree of Númenor comes.
Aulë loved the Noldor most, because of their great skill and their thirst for knowledge. They had great love for words, found delight in the building of great towers and they were the first who discovered the earth-gems, which they shaped in many forms. Because the Noldor later returned to Middle-earth, their princes are very important in this tale. Finwe, king of the Noldor, had three sons; Fëanor – who was the most skilled, Fingolfin – the bravest of them, and Finarfin, the fairest and wisest. The sons of these 3 princes are listed below.
But now it is told how the Teleri finally reached Aman. They lived for a long age on Tol Eressëa, but slowly their hearts changed and they were attracted by the light of the west. Therefore Ossë taught them how to make ships. When those were built, he brought many swans, who pulled the ships to Eldamar. There they lived, and they could see the light of the Trees or wander through the streets of Valmar or Tirion, but most they sailed on their ships in the Bay of Elvenhome. Their palaces were of pearl, which they got from the sea. Their city was Alqualondë, the Haven of the Swans, which was also the haven of their ships.
As centuries passed the Vanyar started to love the land of the Valar and the full light of the Trees more. They left the city of Tirion to dwell on Manwë’s mountain or in the plains and woods of Valinor. They got sundered of the Noldor, who remained on the hill of Túna, and who grew closer to the people of Alqualondë. Finwë was King in Tirion and Olwë in Alqualondë, but Ingwë of the Vanyar was always held the High King of all the Elves.