The Coming of the Elves
(Summaries of The Silmarillion: Quenta
Greetings to thee, traveller upon fair Arda!
I wish to
tell the tale of the coming of the Elves, fairest of creatures, and the
beginning of the long battle against the evil called Morgoth.
the Firstborn of Eru awakened, they walked under the stars and made
speech, giving names to everything they saw. They named themselves
"Quendi", those that speak with voice. The Valar upon finding them were
filled with wonder.
Wishing to protect the Firstborn, the Valar
finally faced Morgoth. Tulkas, champion of the Valar wrestled with the
evil one and prevailed, Morgoth was brought to Valinor in chains! Three
ages he was to abide in the vast prison of Mandos, before he could plead
for pardon. Sauron, a corrupted Maia in service of Morgoth, could not be
found. Yet one of the most vile deeds could not be prevented. Elves that
had been ensnared by Melkor were slowly corrupted and enslaved, and thus
from their own have come their most bitter foes: Yrch!
Even as he
was sealed away, the Valar still did not trust to keep the Quendi in
Middle-Earth, and wished their company. Yet only having seen the wrath of
the Valar in the war, the Quendi were reluctant and three great elves were
sent: Ingwë of the Fair Elves, the Vanyar; Finwë of the Noldor, the wise
Deep Elves and Elwë of the Teleri, the Sea Elves.
Swayed by the
majesty of the Valar and the desire for the light of the Trees, these
three kings returned to their people and encouraged their people to
travel. Thus the Eldar began their journey to the Blessed Realms.
Not all Elves crossed towards the realms of the Valar although,
and thus here their story splits.
Elwë, leading the Teleri was
joined by his brother Olwë to lead the people, as the Teleri was the
greatest host. Elwë himself found the Maia Melian, more wise, more fair
and more skilled, whom filled his heart with desire. Elwë ,now called Elu
Thingol, became king of the Sindar, with Melian as his queen and dwelt in
Menegrorth, in Doriath. Of their love the fairest of the Children of
Ilúvatar would come into the world, yet that is another tale.
Failing to find Elwë, the rest of the Teleri took Olwë as their
king and joined their brothers at last.
Of the Noldor... wisest of
all Elves there is much to tell, and the time has come to end this tale.
Soon I shall return and enlighten thee of the story of Feanör, the
Silmarils and the unchaining of Melkor.
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