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By J.R.R. Tolkien

“Majestic! . . . Readers of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will locate in The Silmarillion a cosmology to name their very own, medieval romances, fierce fairy stories, and fiercer wars that ring with heraldic fury . . . It overwhelms the reader.” — Time

The tale of the production of the realm and of the 1st Age, this is often the traditional drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings glance again and in whose occasions a few of them, resembling Elrond and Galadriel, took half. the 3 Silmarils have been jewels created by way of Fëanor, so much proficient of the Elves. inside them was once imprisoned the sunshine of the timber of Valinor sooner than the bushes themselves have been destroyed via Morgoth, the 1st darkish Lord. Thereafter, the unsullied mild of Valinor lived on in simple terms within the Silmarils, yet they have been seized through Morgoth and set in his crown, which used to be guarded within the impenetrable castle of Angband within the north of Middle-earth. The Silmarillion is the historical past of the uprising of Fëanor and his kindred opposed to the gods, their exile from Valinor and go back to Middle-earth, and their warfare, hopeless regardless of all their heroism, opposed to the good Enemy.

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Now Aredhel and Maeglin got here to the Outer Gate of Gondolin and the darkish protect below the mountains; and there she used to be got with pleasure, and passing throughout the Seven Gates she got here with Maeglin to Turgon upon Amon Gwareth. Then the King listened with ask yourself to all that Aredhel needed to inform; and he appeared with liking upon Maeglin his sister-son, seeing in him one necessary to be accounted one of the princes of the Noldor. ‘I celebrate certainly that Ar-Feiniel has again to Gondolin,’ he stated, ‘and now extra reasonable back shall my urban appear than within the days whilst I deemed her misplaced. And Maeglin shall have the top honour in my realm. ’ Then Maeglin bowed low and took Turgon for lord and king, to do all his will; yet thereafter he stood silent and watchful, for the bliss and splendour of Gondolin handed all that he had imagined from the stories of his mom, and he used to be surprised by means of the energy of town and the hosts of its humans, and the numerous issues unusual and lovely that he beheld. but to none have been his eyes extra usually drawn than to Idril the King’s daughter, who sat beside him; for she used to be golden because the Vanyar, her mother’s kindred, and she or he appeared to him because the solar from which the entire King’s corridor drew its gentle. yet Eöl, following after Aredhel, came across the Dry River and the key course, and so creeping in via stealth he got here to the defend, and was once taken and wondered. And whilst the defend heard that he claimed Aredhel as spouse they have been surprised, and despatched a fast messenger to town; and he got here to the King’s corridor. ‘Lord,’ he cried, ‘the shield have taken captive person who got here by way of stealth to the darkish Gate. Eöl he names himself, and he's a tall Elf, darkish and grim, of the kindred of the Sindar; but he claims the woman Aredhel as his spouse, and calls for to be introduced sooner than you. His wrath is excellent and he's challenging to restrain; yet we've not slain him as your legislations instructions. ’ Then Aredhel stated: ‘Alas! Eöl has us, whilst I feared. yet with nice stealth was once it performed; for we observed and heard no pursuit as we entered upon the Hidden means. ’ Then she acknowledged to the messenger: ‘He speaks however the fact. he's Eöl, and i'm his spouse, and he's the daddy of my son. Slay him now not, yet lead him hither to the King’s judgement, if the King so wills. ’ And so it used to be performed; and Eöl used to be dropped at Turgon’s corridor and stood earlier than his excessive seat, proud and sullen. notwithstanding he was once surprised not less than his son in any respect that he observed, his middle was once crammed the extra with anger and with hate of the Noldor. yet Turgon taken care of him with honour, and rose up and could take his hand; and he stated: ‘Welcome, kinsman, for therefore I carry you. right here you shall live at your excitement, keep simply you'll want to the following abide and go away no longer from my country; for it really is my legislations that none who reveals the best way hither shall go away. ’ yet Eöl withdrew his hand. ‘I recognize no longer your law,’ he stated. ‘No correct have you ever or any of your kinfolk during this land to grab nation-states or to set bounds, both the following or there. this is often the land of the Teleri, to that you convey warfare and all unquiet, dealing ever proudly and unjustly.

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