Sil Study Ch 17 Nov 2, 2008 14:24:38 GMT -6
Post by Androga Erindalant on Nov 2, 2008 14:24:38 GMT -6
Ch 17: Of the Coming of Men into the West
The first of the race of Men to enter Beleriand were led by Bëor the Old. They were discovered by Fingolfin near the lands of the Green Elves. Men spoke a different language, but as their language shared the same origin, Felagund quickly learned to understand them. He learned about them, yet Bëor did not speak of their past, as he knew little himself, safe that it was dark. Only later was suspected that Morgoth had mingled in the fate of Men.
The Green Elves however were troubled by the newcomers, who made noise and slew trees. Therefore, they asked them to either return or move on. Thus Bëor's people settled in Estolad, near the borders of Doriath, under his son Baran's lead. Bëor himself accompanied Felagund to his house. Other peoples of Men arrived in Beleriand as well. Among them were the Haladin, who started to dwell in Thargelion, while the people of Marach settled east of Baran. The Elves often visited Men, and Men went into service of the Elves, whom they loved and learned from. This way Men spread across Beleriand, even though they were not welcome with king Thingol in Doriath. Only Haleth was allowed in Brethil, under the condition that her people would guard the pass against enemies.
Not all of the race of Men were content. They longed for the Light of the West, but learned that they could not reach it. Meanwhile, the Dark Lord remained close, and some did not want to be a part of the everlasting war. Others thought that Elves themselves were greedy of the world. Thus a host left Beleriand again, to be forgotten. Yet otherwise there was friendship. Men learned greatly from the Elves, and their lives were lengthened. Yet when Bëor died of old age, the Elves grieved. For the first time they were confronted by the doom of Men. They wondered about it, yet had no knowledge of it.