Sil Study Ch 8 Oct 28, 2005 15:02:46 GMT -6
Post by Androga Erindalant on Oct 28, 2005 15:02:46 GMT -6
Sil Ch8: Of the Darkening of Valinor
When Manwë heard Melkor had fled to the north, he believed Melkor intended to return to his old stronghold. But instead Melkor had turned back and went south in secrecy, to go to the land Avathar, where Ungoliant lived. In elder times she had been amongst those that descended from the darkness around Arda. She had been corrupted by Melkor, but had disowned her master. She had taken the form of a monstrous spider that weaved black webs that sucked up all light. Melkor found her and plotted his revenge with her, but she feared the Valar. Therefore Melkor made her the promise that he would give her anything she asked for if her hunger wasn’t satisfied after their assault. She agreed and wove a cloak of darkness, through which an eye couldn’t see.
It was a time of festivities in Valinor, to thank Ilúvatar for the fruits of Yavanna, of which the Children of Ilúvatar ate and drank. As the Valar liked to dress them, they too ate of these fruits. At that time, Manwë held a feast greater than ever before, as he wanted to heal the evil that had come over the Noldor. The Vanyar and the Noldor of Tirion came and sang for Manwë and Varda, and only the Teleri stayed near their homes, as the shadow hadn’t touched them yet. Fëanor came also to the feast, as he was the only one commanded to. But Finwë and none of the Noldor from Formenost came. Neither did Fëanor dress for the feast, nor did he wear any jewels. He met his brother Fingolfin there and shook his hand.
Melkor and Ungoliant however arrived at the Two Trees at that moment. Melkor smote each Tree to its core with his spear, wounding them deep. Their sap poured out, which Ungoliant drank to drain both Trees. Still thirsty, Ungoliant drank the Wells of Varda dry as well. She swelled so much that Melkor became afraid.
So darkness fell over Valinor. Only Manwë’s eyes could see through the night, but he saw a darkness through which even he could see. He knew though that Melkor had come for revenge. The pursuit began immediately, but when they reached Ungoliant’s could they were blinded and got lost.