History Literature / TheSilmarillion

15th Jul '16 2:02:26 AM Morgenthaler
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'''''The Silmarillion''''' is Creator/JRRTolkien's book of the history of [[Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium Middle-earth]], from the [[CreationMyth creation of the universe]] to the end of the Third Age. Tolkien had been [[DevelopmentHell working on it for most of his life]] until [[AuthorExistenceFailure his death]] in 1973. His first book ''Literature/TheHobbit'' was not originally planned to share the same setting, [[CanonWelding but ended up that way,]] and its sequel ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' continued and concluded the narrative of the setting. It was posthumously edited by his son and literary executor Christopher (with assistance from Creator/GuyGavrielKay, later a fantasy author himself) and [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell finally published]] in 1977.

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'''''The Silmarillion''''' ''The Silmarillion'' is Creator/JRRTolkien's book of the history of [[Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium Middle-earth]], from the [[CreationMyth creation of the universe]] to the end of the Third Age. Tolkien had been [[DevelopmentHell working on it for most of his life]] until [[AuthorExistenceFailure his death]] in 1973. His first book ''Literature/TheHobbit'' was not originally planned to share the same setting, [[CanonWelding but ended up that way,]] and its sequel ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' continued and concluded the narrative of the setting. It was posthumously edited by his son and literary executor Christopher (with assistance from Creator/GuyGavrielKay, later a fantasy author himself) and [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell finally published]] in 1977.
15th Jul '16 2:02:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedHeadedHero: For a [[AntiHero certain]] [[AntiVillain definition]] of [[BlackAndGreyMorality "hero,"]] Maedhros counts. For five hundred years he held the front lines of the war against [[BigBad Morgoth]], and although his story [[TragicVillain (and his affiliation with the forces of good)]] goes sharply downhill after the [[CurbStompBattle Nirnaeth Arnoediad]], he is an undeniably BadAss hero for most of the book and one of very few red-haired characters described in the legendarium. [[note]]Maedhros' younger brothers Amrod and Amras are also redheads, but with less characterization to back up hero status.[[/note]]
1st Jun '16 1:38:44 AM Caspoi
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** Sauron. Not the Lord of the Rings yet, but still quite the badass. Not only was he a Maiar that had magical abilities ''stronger'' than that of even some Valar, but he was also one of the most intelligent and persuasive fellows in the history of Arda. He could knock out the most powerful sorceress in Middle-earth ''just by the force of his hatred alone'', he could conjure up songs of power that were unmatched, and he could turn himself into a ''gigantic werewolf''. He also had a pretty badass {{Last Stand}} too during the War of the Last Alliance. His heavily-outnumbered force held off the combined army of the ''entire West'' for over a year, and when he did finally come out of his fortress himself, he singlehandedly destroyed the Alliance sieging force, drove them back to the slopes of Orodruin, killed ''both'' leaders of the Men and Elves in two-on-one combat, and only met his end thanks to a surprise attack from Isildur.

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** Sauron. Not the Lord of the Rings yet, but still quite the badass. Not only was he a Maiar that had magical abilities ''stronger'' than that of even some Valar, but he was also one of the most intelligent and persuasive fellows in the history of Arda. He could knock out the most powerful sorceress in Middle-earth ''just by the force of his hatred alone'', he could conjure up songs of power that were unmatched, and he could turn himself into a ''gigantic werewolf''. He also had a pretty badass {{Last Stand}} too during the War of the Last Alliance. His heavily-outnumbered force held off the combined army of the ''entire West'' for over a year, and when he did finally come out of his fortress himself, he singlehandedly destroyed the Alliance sieging force, drove them back to the slopes of Orodruin, killed ''both'' leaders of the Men and Elves in two-on-one combat, and only met his end thanks to a surprise attack from Isildur.combat.
26th May '16 9:53:48 PM Doug86
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* FramingDevice: ''The Red Book of Westmarch'', ''Ælfwine of England''. They didn't make it into ''The Silmarillion'' as published, but were part of Tolkien's initial plan.

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* FramingDevice: ''The Red Book of Westmarch'', ''Ælfwine ''[=Æ=]lfwine of England''. They didn't make it into ''The Silmarillion'' as published, but were part of Tolkien's initial plan.
3rd May '16 10:31:48 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* MosesInTheBullrushes:

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15th Mar '16 2:09:11 PM PF_Fan
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** Galadriel was originally called Artanis ("Noblewoman" in Quenya), she was given the name Galadriel ("Maiden crowned with a radiant garland" in Sindarin) by her husband Celeborn.


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* RebelliousPrincess: Galadriel is a princess of both the Noldor (through her father) and the Teleri (through her mother) and she rebelled against the Valar themselves by joining the Noldorin rebellion and leaving Valinor for Middle-earth without their permission. [[note]]Tolkien's later writings attempted to change this by making her completely innocent of any involvement in the Kinslaying and rebellion of the Noldor but stating she left Valinor separately.[[/note]] She remained under the Doom of Mandos and was banished from Valinor for thousands of years until [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings she refused the temptation of One Ring]] and her long banishment was finally lifted.
15th Mar '16 1:27:30 PM PF_Fan
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** Galadriel. She fought in defence of her Telerin kin against the House of Fëanor during the Kinslaying at Alqualondë and was the "only female to stand tall in those days". Tolkien also described her as a match for any of the greatest athletes of the Eldar.
9th Feb '16 1:22:23 PM LordGro
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* MedievalStasis: From the beginning of First Age to the end of the Third, there's next to nothing in the way of technological advancement: even the ''helms'' of the human armies stick with roughly the same design. Possibly the result of the CreativeSterility listed above.

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* MedievalStasis: From the beginning of First Age to the end of the Third, there's next to nothing in the way of technological advancement: even the ''helms'' of the human armies stick with roughly the same design. Possibly the result of the CreativeSterility listed above.advancement.
7th Feb '16 11:26:31 AM karstovich2
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** As Aulë finds out, even the good Valar cannot create sentient life with free will or souls, because that requires the Secret Fire that only Ilúvatar can grant.

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** As Aulë finds out, out with the Dwarves, even the good Valar cannot create sentient life with free will or souls, because that requires the Secret Fire that only Ilúvatar can grant.grant. Because Aulë's intentions with the Dwarves were good, if perhaps a bit misguided, Ilúvatar intervenes and grants the Dwarves sentience and souls.
5th Feb '16 8:57:40 PM karstovich2
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* ''Akallabêth'' (The Downfall of Númenor): The isle of Númenor is given to Men who fought in the war against Melkor as a reward by the Valar. Over the centuries, the Númenóreans grow proud. All culminates in the reign of Ar-Pharazôn, who, driven by his fear of death and the lies of Sauron, dares to invade the land of the Valar. As a punishment, Númenor is destroyed and sinks into the Sea.

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* ''Akallabêth'' (The Downfall of Númenor): The isle of Númenor is given to Men who fought in the war against Melkor as a reward by the Valar. Over the centuries, the Númenóreans grow proud. All culminates in the reign of Ar-Pharazôn, who, driven by his fear of death and the lies of Sauron, dares to invade the land of the Valar. As a punishment, Númenor is destroyed and sinks into the Sea.Sea, and [[JustSoStory Arda is made round]], with Valinor removed from its surface, so Men may no longer assault the Undying Lands.
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