'A mortal, Frodo, who keeps one of the Great Rings, does not die, but he does not grow or obtain more life, he merely continues, until at last every minute is a weariness. And if he often uses the Ring to make himself invisible, he fades: he becomes in the end invisible permanently, and walks in the twilight under the eye of the Dark Power that rules the Rings. Yes, sooner or later - later, if he is strong or well-meaning to begin with, but neither strength nor good purpose will last - sooner or later the Dark Power will devour him.'
—  JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (1954)

One day I’ll remember. I’ll remember everything that happened: the good, the bad, those that survived… and those that did not.

Beginning of Elves

Elves: *hanging around Cuiviénen*
Melkor: *spreads some nasty rumors about the Valar*
Oromë: Alright guys, I’m back. Let’s see … we go that way into Middle-Earth. There’s some cool places to —
Elves: AH!
Oromë: … what - what’s wrong.
Oromë: … what about the valar.
Elves: They’re all dicks.
Oromë: … … but I’m a Vala.
Elves: OH NOES.
Oromë: ok, please stop. we need to get you guys moving.
Elves: … OK.
Oromë: Um … anyway —
Avari: we’re just gonna stay here. Cuiviénen is p nice.
Oromë: … alright - so who isn’t staying.
Elves: Ok we’ll go.
Oromë: ok, well, let’s go. we’ll go that way. you guys start, i gotta jump back to valinor real quick and i’ll meet you guys in a bit.
Elves: ok!!!

Elves: *wait for Oromë in Cuiviénen*
Oromë: *comes back* … alright, soooo … you guys didn’t go anywhere.
Elves: We were waiting for you!
Oromë: … *SIGH* let’s go then.


I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.


Barbara Remington, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings, Middle-Earth Mural (paperback editions with puzzle board), Ballantine Books, 1965.

Barbara Remington, E.R. Eddison’s The Worm Oroboros (paperback edition), Ballantine Books, 1967.