unnumbered tears

More unnumbered tears

I’m rereading the Lord of the Rings for the umpteenth time. As with the Silmarillion, it seems, with each reading, I find something new to think about (or cry about, as in this case.)
The departure of the Fellowship from Rivendell has always been a very moving scene for me to read–more so after I read the Silmarillion and realised just why Elrond was so adamant about no one swearing an oath. I’ve always loved the exchange he has with Gimli about it. But today the words struck me again and I realised I had missed the nuances of another phrase of great significance in one of Elrond’s answers to Gimli.

“… No oath or bond is laid on you to go further than you will. For you do not know the strength of your hearts, and you cannot foresee what each may meet upon the road.”
“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens,” said Gimli.
“Maybe,” said Elrond, “but let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.”
“Yet sworn word may strengthen quaking heart,” said Gimli.
“Or break it,” said Elrond.

Now every other time I have read this (post reading the Silmarillion) I’ve focused on Elrond’s mentioning oaths and his response to Gimli’s second comment about oaths breaking hearts–because he actually saw that happen, he lived and was raised for a time by Elves whose hearts were broken by an Oath and he saw how things ended for Maedhros and Maglor. I kind of skimmed by the first comment he made to Gimli previously, I suppose. But today it just stopped me in my tracks. Because of course–they experienced the ultimate ‘nightfall’–the destruction of the trees–before they traveled to the darkness of Middle Earth in pursuit of Morgoth. I really don’t know how I’ve missed the overwhelming significance of this phrase every other time I’ve read it. So once again, I’ve found a way to cry about dead First Age Elves without even actively reading the Silmarillion.
So–off to blast some Blind Guardian and wallow in First Age angst.

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For Turgon of the great House of Fingolfin was now by right King of all the Noldor; and Morgoth feared and hated the House of Fingolfin, because they had scorned him in Valinor and had the friendship of Ulmo his foe; and because of the wounds that Fingolfin gave him in battle. And most of all Morgoth feared Turgon, for of old in Valinor his eye had lighted on him, and whenever he drew near a dark shadow had fallen on his spirit, foreboding that in some time that yet lie hidden in doom, from Turgon ruin should come to him.  

The Children of Húrin, The Battle of Unnumbered Tears

BLIND GUARDIAN lyrics starters

BATTALIONS OF FEAR
“Too many battles we carry along from the war.”
“I’ve been the herdsman you’ve been my sheep.”
“I hold the key of fortune.” 
“There comes the last part and end of our old age.”
“Show me that you are the son of our God.”
“In earlier chess games we’re playing the part of a soldier.”

FOLLOW THE BLIND
“Show me the light in you.”
“Watch out for the day, friend.”
“You can find yourself in it, cause you are a part.”
“To see you must open your eyes.”
“Time is not real.”
“Why’ve you ever forgotten me?”

TALES FROM THE TWILIGHT WORLD
“The morning sun is near.”
“Look to the mirror, it shows what I am.”
“There’s one to enslave all rings.”
“But I need your helping hand.”
“Welcome to reality.”
“I should better get away from here.”
“What is left behind when purple colours turn to black?”
“The last candle will burn.”

SOMEWHERE FAR BEYOND
“I wish I knew how to tell You why.”
“Many songs I’ve written about the things I saw ”
“My soul is lost in his black chamber.”
“The sea is calling.”
“I know the answers although they don’t exist.”
“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”
“No one will ever know our names.”
“The treasure that I’ve found is more than enough.”
“ ’m looking for those healing things to be prepared.”

IMAGINATIONS FROM THE OTHER SIDE
“Then I’ll break down the walls around my heart.”
“I’m alive my friend.”
“It’s how that ancient tale began.”
“I came from nowhere, without a task, without a name.”
“I’ve lost my battle before it starts.”
“I’ll bring a new age of better ways.”
“I feel alone. Who really cares?”
“I am your light on through the night.”
“We’re not alone, there’s someone else, too.”

NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH
“The enemy is within, everywhere.”
“I did my part, now is your turn.”
“How long shall we mourn in the dark?”
“I still don’t have a clue.”
“I will take part in your damned fate.”
“You are now my guest forever…”
“You’ve searched and you’ve found.”
“Can’t you see that tomorrows bears insanity?”
“We brought hope, but also lies, and treachery.”
“Tears unnumbered you will shet.”
“Just lead my fate to the victory. ”
“I dare you! Come out you coward! Now it’s me or you.”
“A dark seed of evil is grown.“
“So what can we do with our lives when it all begins?”
“Your light will take me home.”
“Thus he died“
“I can’t forget her. Her face will not leave.”
“There they dwelt until they left the world.”
“Thou shall not question my power.”
“I will not rest till I’m king.”
“The night falls and great is the triumph of evil.” 

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
“You truly are mine.”
“By blindness you’re driven insane.”
“Wake up, it’s time to cross the border.”
“The king’s in town, we need a crown.”
“Will you still wait for me? Will you still cry for me?”
“Wish I’d be a bird of prey.”
“I will never change my mind.”
“Predestined or punished?”
“I do not regret a word I’ve said.”
“At the moment of death I will smile.“

A TWIST IN THE MYTH
“I have thought that this will never end.“
“You’re part of the game.”
“We will be with you until the end.”
“Stop, be quiet now.”
“I’ve opened my heart and my soul to you. ”
“Is there anyone else here?”
“There are no rules, there’s no plot here.”
“Oh turn the wheel and heal me!”
“They’re one in my rhymes nobody knows the meaning behind.”
“Love you will rain on me.”
“Here’s the new order.”

AT THE EDGE OF TIME
“We shall stand together one by one.”
“Don’t turn your back on your prodigal son.”
“I will find you, slipping away. I’ll bind you.”
“Like you they all once reach out a war to win.”
“Let him curse my name but remember the truth.”
“And raise my cup for the fallen ones.”
“They consider us slaves. They steal our pride.”
”Will I ever learn from the past?”
“Fear the voice in the dark.”
“Twice I’ll be marked and twice I shall live.”

BEYOND THE RED MIRROR
“We all wait for a new tomorrow.”
“Gods will come and gods will go.“
“We’re the ones you’ve left alone.”
“Will it be me they blame?”
“Don’t try to be cruel, oh, my beautiful child.”
“I’ve traveled far on hiden pathways.”
“Ther must be something in the end.“
“Will I ever learn from the past?”
“Keep your secret inside.“
“That I would call a miracle.”
“We don’t need any hallows.“

anonymous asked:

au where thingol puts aside his grievances for the greater good and treats with fingolfin and the sindar and the noldor are allies against morgoth what becomes of it

In canon, despite the treachery, our boys almost won the day at the Nirnaeth and with an army from Doriath (and possibly a larger force from Nargothrond as well - Orodreth took much advice from Thingol and if he’d pressed for it might well have sent more men), they could have carried it. 

But the thing is, the Silmarillion isn’t a story about alliances and logistics, political maneuvering and military strategy. It’s a story about Doom. 

Tears unnumbered ye shall shed; and the Valar will fence Valinor against you, and shut you out, so that not even the echo of your lamentation shall pass over the mountains. On the House of Fëanor the wrath of the Valar lieth from the West unto the uttermost East, and upon all that will follow them it shall be laid also. Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue. To evil end shall all things turn that they begin well; and by treason of kin unto kin, and the fear of treason, shall this come to pass. The Dispossessed shall they be for ever. Ye have spilled the blood of your kindred unrighteously and have stained the land of Aman. For blood ye shall render blood, and beyond Aman ye shall dwell in Death’s shadow. For though Eru appointed to you to die not in Eä, and no sickness may assail you, yet slain ye may be, and slain ye shall be: by weapon and by torment and by grief; and your houseless spirits shall come then to Mandos. There long shall ye abide and yearn for your bodies, and find little pity though all whom ye have slain should entreat for you. And those that endure in Middle-earth and come not to Mandos shall grow weary of the world as with a great burden, and shall wane, and become as shadows of regret before the younger race that cometh after. The Valar have spoken.

You can’t really politic your way out of that one.

If Thingol relaxes his policy of extreme isolationism, Morgoth’s spies are able to infiltrate Menegroth and foment paranoia. Even AU this Thingol must be a little paranoid and they feed it. We’ve seen how he ‘protects’ those he loves, and now he affords that same care to his niece and nephews. Nargothrond is never built and Dorthonion is not held and Beleriand falls. 

Perhaps that doesn’t happen, but maybe the need for more open borders means the magic of the Girdle is weaker and Doriath takes the brunt of the assault during the Dagor Bragollach, and falls.

Or maybe they fight the Nirnaeth and win but at great cost; Thingol dies and Melian leaves and Doriath is undefended when the Noldor realise that imprisoning a god is easier said than done. 

How about they fight and win again and seal Morgoth away in his own dungeons? Then all that’s left is to divide the spoils of war. For the part they played, the Doriathrim deserve some kind of reward and by what right do the Feanorians claim all three Silmarils when their allies bore just as much of the risk? The Second Kinslaying happens a little earlier this time around. 

Am I being unfair with these hypotheticals? Of course, but that’s the point. It’s all rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic; the Noldor are Doomed and Beleriand will sink beneath the weight of their crimes, no matter what they do. 

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Nirnaeth Arnoediad ~ The Battle of Unnumbered Tears [F.A. 472]

’(…) Some have said that even then the Eldar might have won the day, had all their hosts proved faithful. For the Orcs wavered, and their onslaught was stayed, and already some were turning to flight. But even as the vanguard of Maedhros came upon the Orcs, Morgoth loosed his last strength, and Angband was emptied. There came wolves, and wolfriders, and there came Balrogs, and dragons, and Glaurung father of dragons. The strength and terror of the Great Worm were now great indeed, and Elves and Men withered before him.’

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klngfili requested: the daughters of fëanor

“Tears unnumbered ye shall shed; and the Valar will fence Valinor against you, and shut you out, so that not even the echo of your lamentation shall pass over the mountains. On the House of Fëanor the wrath of the Valar lieth from the West unto the uttermost East, and upon all that will follow them it shall be laid also. Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue. To evil end shall all things turn that they begin well; and by treason of kin unto kin, and the fear of treason, shall this come to pass. […]”

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middle earth meme: [1/5] battles >> NIRNAETH ARNOEDIAD

In that very time, at the third hour of morning, the trumpets of Maedhros were heard at last coming up from the east, and the banners of the sons of Fëanor assailed the enemy in the rear. Some have said that the even then the Eldar might have won the day, had all their hosts proved faithful; for the Orcs wavered, and their onslaught was stayed, and already some were turning to flight. But even as the vanguard of Maedhros came upon the Orcs, Morgoth loosed his last strength, and Angband was emptied.

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Star of Radiance (Ereinion Gil-Galad)

Ingredients:

  • Crown Royal (Canadian Whisky)
  • Bombay Sapphire (Gin with botanical mix)
  • Starfruit/Kiwi Juice
  • Starfruit
  • A Single Blueberry

Measure out one ounce of Crown Royal for the Elven King; measure an ounce of Bombay Sapphire for his Elven ring.  Add eight ounces of starfruit juice and ice to chill; stir it all gently and then pour in another glass to fill. 

Drop in a single blueberry, representing Vilya.  ‘Cause it’s cool.  Garnish with starfruit.  'Cause it’s also cool.

Silm Fans: Use an Elrond tumbler for your drink if you have one, because that’s his herald and all.  Neat, huh?

Slash Fans: Put Gil-Galad (drink) into Elrond (tumbler).  I shouldn’t have to explain further.

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about that girdle

this is a post about the evolution of Tolkien’s conceptions of the forces protecting Doriath, from the earliest versions of the legendarium to the one implied by the final Silmarillion, but before I talk about that I just want to share the delightful tidbit that in the Book of Lost Tales, Melian’s name was Wendelin.

Isn’t that excellent? I feel like my initial perception of a character named Wendelin is profoundly different from a character named Melian. Melian gets at the divinity, the angel-in-temporary-Elven-form, but Wendelin gets at the inhumanity, the incomprehensibility, the ways that the Maiar are profoundly different from us and anything we can imagine.

Thingol, in that version, is called Linwe Tinto.

Anyway, about that girdle.

In the earliest imagining, Thingol never returned to his people:

beguiled by the fair music of the fay Wendelin, as other tales set forth more fully elsewhere, their leader Tinwe Linto was lost, and long they sought him, but it was in vain, and he came never again among them. (Book of Lost Tales I, 125.)

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