The Great among these spirits the Elves name the Valar, the Powers of Arda, and Men have often called them gods. The Lords of the Valar are seven; and the Valier, the Queens of the Valar, are seven also. These were their names in the Elvish tongue as it was spoken in Valinor, though they have other names in the speech of the Elves in Middle-earth, and their names among Men are manifold. The names of the Lords in due order are: Manwe, Ulmo, Aule, Orome, Mandos, Lorien, and Tulkas; and the names of the Queens are: Varda, Yavanna, Nienna, Este, Vaire, Vana, and Nessa. Melkor is counted no longer among the Valar, and his name is not spoken upon Earth.
If you still want prompts - something with Celebrimbor and fiber-crafts? (I'd lean towards humor, but could be angsty if you're more in the mood for that)
The stitching was astonishingly fine, the tapestry’s weave
giving way to finely embroidered detail. Celebrimbor could not quite make out
the craft of it; the intricacy of the threads was familiar enough, but when he
glanced away, the picture seemed to shift, as if the light was changing, events
now seen from one angle, now another.
It was his own hand that was raised to inlay the ithildin, the moon glancing down, Narvi
gesturing beside him, the holly-saplings by the water with a dark gleam to
their leaves. He thought, for a moment, the scent of leaves and stone and clear
night air was around him; then the memory left him, and it was only a picture,
still upon the wall.
Death was like that. After a moment, he could smile,
reaching up to let his fingers hover over Narvi’s woven shoulder, where a heavy-ornamented
braid lay crookedly.
“It was a pleasure to weave,” a woman said beside him, her
tone fond, and Celebrimbor glanced round. Or directed his attention to her. The
body remembered its expressions; he found it difficult to think of himself
The woman was at once more solid than him, and less so; she
wore her form, but there was something of the veil about it, as the lesser
gods, who might carelessly put bodies on and off. He thought her of their
kindred, for a moment. Then recognised her.
“How does it work?” he asked, helplessly curious. “Great-grandmother
Míriel Þerindë smiled,
and set her own fingers to the threads, which rippled at her touch; as if she
had dipped them into the pool of the night sky shown there. The moon gleamed as
In the beginning Eru, the One, who in the Elvish tongue is named Ilúvatar, made the Ainur of his thought; and they made a great Music before him. In this Music the World was begun; for Ilúvatar made visible the song of the Ainur, and they beheld it as a light in the darkness. And many among them became enamoured of its beauty, and of its history which they saw beginning and unfolding as in a vision. Therefore Ilúvatar gave to their vision Being, and set it amid the Void, and the Secret Fire was sent to burn at the heart of the World; and it was called Eä.
Then those of the Ainur who desired it arose and entered into the World at the beginning of Time; and it was their task to achieve it, and by their labours to fulfil the vision which they had seen. Long they laboured in the regions of Eä, which are vast beyond the thought of Elves and Men, until in the time appointed was made Arda, the Kingdom of Earth. Then they put on the raiment of Earth and descended into it, and dwelt therein.
the thing about gollum going to the grey havens with the rest of the ring-bearers is like … the potential is ENDLESS. imagine gollum in valinor. imagine him trying to buddy up to vaire or something on the basis that: weaving: spiders: shelob lent him gum once. i don’t know. he’d be so upset about the light. also imagine gimli girding his loins for the whole complicated true-love elf-fetish-based immigration defense, only to be told that “honestly, it’s fine, come on in, we’ve pretty much given up on customs every since the little tadpole man made a nest of squirrel bones in the smoking ruins of the Trees”
For the meme: Yavanna, Aule, Varda, Manwe, and Ulmo for 5, 6, and/or 9. Alternatively/additionally: Nienna, Namo, Melkor, Mairon, Vaire for 8, 13, and/or 16.
5: On the run from corrupt authority figures with
1. Varda. Are the corrupt authority figures after us, specifically? Because she’s the scariest so I feel like I’ll be safest with her for longest.
2. Ulmo. Varda, Manwe, and probably Yavanna are better if we do get caught or almost caught, but then again Ulmo’s definitely got to be the best at hiding. (And if the corrupt authority figure is Morgoth he’ll avoid the ocean because he hates it fuck maybe Ulmo should be top of the list…) I might be really bored, but we’d be well hidden.
3. Yavanna. I don’t see her being particularly good or bad at running, though she’s good at fighting if we get caught. Also she can probably make surviving in the wilderness the most comfortable because she’s the best forager (you don’t want Manwe to try to make a foraged mushroom soup. Ulmo just does fish and seaweed,) so we can hide in the middle of nowhere and at least not be hungry. Plus she’s probably fun to hang out in the woods with, as long as I don’t accidentally step on a cool flower or squash a bug or something.
4. Manwe. He has so much experience with corrupt authority figures, though then again I’ll probably keep having to drag him away from trying to go back because he’s sure they can be reasoned with, they deserve another chance!
5. Aule. I feel like he’s really bad at being on the run. He’ll do it, and probably survive and all, but he’s probably going to be really bored and blow our cover in every new hiding place because he can’t stop forging cool things that get him recognized.
6. Trying to fix broken-down automobile in the rain with
1. Aule for sure. He’ll probably fix it in like 2 seconds and also make some weird but effective makeshift umbrella, so we’re not wet and on our way within 15 minutes and it’s barely an inconvenience. I might not even have to get out in the rain and help him unless he needs someone to hold a flashlight or the umbrella.
2. Varda. I don’t know if she can fix cars, and I certainly can’t, but she seems more likely than the other 3 to be able to read a manual or help figure it out.
3. Yavanna. I don’t know that she’s good at fixing cars, but I feel like we’ll react similarly in that situation and probably just sit in the car co-ranting about whatever until AAA arrives. Plus Yavanna won’t let any sexist male mechanic talk down to us because we’re women who obviously don’t know cars, so that’d be fun if he tries and she goes off on him.
4. Manwe. He’d get way too stressed, read the manual for like an hour, possibly ruin the manual with rainwater, and we still wouldn’t fix the car because he’s afraid to move anything and make it worse.
5. Ulmo. Maybe Ulmo has some sort of rain/water power so at least we won’t get wet? But more likely I think he just doesn’t care about getting wet, and if we fail at fixing the car because neither of us has any idea what to do Ulmo is just like, “we can make it into town, it’s only a mile or so and it’s just a little water.”
Fake-married to for undercover reasons
1. Yavanna. I don’t have a reason like I think she’ll be especially good at it, I just want to be fake-married to Yavanna, okay?
2. Varda, same reason. Though I think Varda would objectively be the best, and just hopefully it’s not unbelievable that she’s way out of my league (and everyone’s, I’m not just putting myself down.)
3. Manwe. I actually feel like he’d be really good at fake-married. He’d stick to our planned cover story like the bible. Plus I think people tend to believe him because he’s usually so honest and he’s good at acting it, so we wouldn’t be suspected.
4. Aule. It would be really fun to be fake-married to Aule, except Aule is definitely terrible at secrets most of the time and I feel like he’d blow our cover too soon. I feel like we’d try to make subtle inside jokes and laugh to ourselves when making up stories to tell other people, which would be really fun until he goes too far into something unbelievable and that’s what gives us away.
5. Ulmo. He’s not bad at being under cover, but he’s never around would that just be my fake-married fake-complaint, that my fake-husband is always real-disappearing into the real-sea? Because it would probably work, but no thanks to Ulmo.
8. Wake up handcuffed to
1. Vaire. She’s the one I’d least mind spending the most time with, though of course depending on how long we’re handcuffed together she’s going to be really annoyed at having to weave one-handed, and also how bad I am at “helping.” Also, definitely the least intimidating, definitely the least dramatic, probably the most efficient at finding/making a key quickly.
2. Nienna. Only ever so slightly worse than Vaire, just because she might be crying about something and that’s a lot of emotion for me first thing after waking up when my only emotion is tired.
3. Namo. Mairon MIGHT be a better next choice in terms of self-preservation, but Namo will definitely be the most entertaining to deal with having to go about his day handcuffed to a human who thinks the situation is at least a LITTLE funny, because he’ll hate it.
4. Mairon, because he can work with metal/forge a key/however he chooses to get the handcuffs of fastest.
5. Melkor. There is no stage in his evil-ness in which this is a good idea. He can also probably make a key himself or pick the lock or something (I’m assuming they can’t just go non-corporeal and get out) but also if there’s no downside to him but it’s obviously annoying ME? That’s just going to be fun for him and he won’t try to get out.
13. Rewatch my favourite movie/show with
(this is complicated by me not ACTUALLY having a favorite just a top 3, can I make different ones watch each?)
1. I just think I’d most want to hang out with Vaire, and she’d definitely genuinely be or at the very least act the most interested in the show. If I make her watch the entirety of Buffy with me she’ll probably have finished making us each Buffy themed blankets for marathons just by mid season 3, and it’ll be the coziest Buffy rewatch ever.
2. I want to make Melkor watch ATLA so I can tell him how he’s the Firelord and how much everyone hates him, and how he’s going to be taken down in the end He won’t believe me, and he’ll LOVE how the Ember Island Players’ version ended, but the real end might haunt him a little because honestly they ARE kind of similar.
3. I don’t know what I’d make Namo watch, but I think I’d be equally annoyed at how little reaction he has to things and entertained by trying to talk about the show with him. Maybe I’d make him watch Orphan Black just to pick the show with bigger twists I think he won’t predict, but he still predicts EVERYTHING.
4. I think Nienna would really enjoy ATLA. It’s got it’s sad bits, but it’s generally uplifting.
5. I truly don’t even know how rewatching anything with Mairon would go. If I picked Buffy he might tell me how inaccurate vampire stuff was and that might actually be fun? If he’s closer to being evil though he’ll probably just try to ruin the show for me, I don’t know if it would work or not.
16. Sent to assassinate me
1. Nienna has to be the kindest assassin, and maybe she’ll decide I don’t need assassinating? But if she decides I do, at least she’ll probably kill me in the least bad way.
2. Vaire because I’m sure she can assassinate me, but depending on what I’ve done she probably won’t particularly want to, so it won’t be too bad.
3. Namo. If Nienna’s the kindest, at least Namo’s probably the quickest. But is it really awkward if I then immediately show up in his Halls like, “thanks a lot?”
4. Mairon. I don’t think he’s any better than Melkor if he does kill me, but a lot of his plans really don’t go the way he intended. I’m assuming the others would all succeed, but I think I have the best chance of getting away from him. Can I borrow Luthien or at least Thuringwethil’s cloak or something?
5. Melkor. That sounds terrible, I don’t think he kills people kindly and he’d probably mock me first, possibly let me think I escaped or something but then it turns out he knew exactly where I was.