On Entwives and Peace
“The Entwives ordered them to grow according to their liking; for the Entwives desired order, and plenty, and peace (by which they meant that things should remain where they had set them).” Treebeard on the Entwives, The Two Towers, page 99.
On The Ride of the Rohirrim
Throughout The Silmarillion the goodness of Men is directly connected to their affiliation with the Elves. In the First Age the Edain are the Men who resist Morgoth alongside the Elves, and grow greater in life, wisdom, art, culture, language, arms,…
On Enduring Light Overcoming the Dark
J.R.R. Tolkien united the stories of The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings not just by creating a consistently compelling fictional universe, but by allowing echoes of The Silmarillion to be humming throughout the narrative of The Lord of the Rings….
On the Singing of Creation Into Being
“And [Eru Ilúvatar] spoke to [the Ainur], propounding to them themes of music; and they sang before him, and he was glad….Then Ilúvatar said to them: ‘Of the theme that I have declared to you, I will now that ye make…