Sassy Melkor is all I’m here for.
Then Varda filled the lamps, and Manwë hallowed them, and the Valar set them upon high pillars, more lofty far than are any mountains of the later days. One lamp they raised near to the north of Middle-earth, and it was named Illiun; and the other was raised in the south, and it was named Ormal; and the light of the Lamps of the Valar flowed out over the Earth, so that all was lit as it were in a changeless day. - Chapter 1.
Can you imagine what Middle-earth would have been like if Melkor had never toppled the two lamps? For one thing there would never have been the two trees (and so probably never the Silmarils, which is a weird and world-changing thought all on its own), and there would never have been the sun and moon.
(warning: rambling and spoilers for later chapters below the cut)
Lord of all substances of which Arda is made. His delight and pride is in the deed of making, in works of skill and in the thing made.
For this project I wanted to to something with metal (which Aulë himself made in the beginning of Arda), thus I aproached a smith and asked to make a thing of metal. The smith formed the horse shoe and I hit it with the hammer a couple of times to decorate its surface. (Yes, I walk around medieval markets in self-made medieval dresses. X)
The two lamps of middleearth
For the week 2 bingo card!
Yavanna is the mother of growing things and creator of the Ents. (Thus, why I included branches and trees.) Of special note is her flower crown. It is made of gold mixed with mithril and was created by her husband, Aule.
How it happened was something like this…
"MY WIFE SHALL HAVE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CROWN FOR SHE IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF THE VALAR!"
"Love, you don’t have to go through all this trouble. I am happy with a simple flower crown like Vana makes me sometimes."
*quiet voice* “You do look lovely in those flower crowns, but they die faster than the Edain.”
"I know. My works are only a passing thing, while your works last thousands of years."
"THEN MY WIFE SHALL HAVE AN ETERNAL FLOWER CROWN! A BEAUTIFUL CROWN FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF WOMEN!"
"Aw. Love. You gorgeous man. Do you want more strawberry pie?"
On Team Edain
The spouse of Aulë is Yavanna, the Giver of Fruits. She is the lover of al lthings that grow in the earth, and all their countless forms she holds in her mind… In the form of a woman she is tall, and robed in green; but at times she takes other shapes. - The Silmarillion: Valaquenta.
Whee! Let’s see how long I can keep up with The Silmarillion Read-along… (Until the next teaching term starts, I guess >_<
→ Tulkas Astaldo, the valiant
I headcanon that Ulmo used to be all serious and wise and wore fancy suits or robes everywhere, but then after spending too long in the sea by himself he turned into a hawaiin- shorts wearing hermit and now only talks to jellyfish and is secretly turning into one.