Sil Study Ch 11 Jul 24, 2006 13:33:28 GMT -6
Post by Androga Erindalant on Jul 24, 2006 13:33:28 GMT -6
Sil Ch11: Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor
After Melkor escaped the Valar sat long on their thrones, counselling what to do next. They could not battle Melkor openly like they did before, because the time for mortal Men was near, and they would be too weak to survive such violence. But they didn’t remain workless. Yavanna and Nienna used all their powers to heal the Two Trees. But Telperion and Laurelin gave but one silver flower and one golden fruit, after which they died. Aulë made plates for these last gifts, and Varda set them into the sky. Arien was given the task to ride the golden fruit through the sky, which was called Anor (the sun). Tilion rode the silver flower, Isil, (the moon).
At first they were always in the sky, moving from Valinor to the east and back, but both at different times, so their light would spread as the light of the Two Trees had done. Their light was much brighter of those of the stars, and Melkor hated them. But Tilion always tried to reach Arien. Therefore, and because they hid starlight, their course was changed. Since then they moved from the east to Valinor, from where they were pulled back to the east underneath the earth, and there they rose again. Since then the days were counted on Arien’s passing.
Furthermore, the Valar strengthened the borders of Valinor, by raising the Pelori even higher and steeper. Just one opening was left, at Tírion, so the Elves could still wander to the great Sea of their homeland. In the sea islands were raised in which all sailors who tried to reach Valinor would get lost.