A Tolkien Virgin: Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor - The Journey Continues

Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor

Okay, first things first: who is "the mightiest mariner of song?" I'm dying here! What a way to end a chapter. All, I can do is sigh. Unless Tolkien decides to take a break from the grand legendary history to tell a more personal tale of the one mariner that was ever able to sail to Valinor. I just hope this story is told later. Don't ruin it for me, and tell me if it is or is not told--just let me hope.

As for the rest of the chapter, the first time I read it, I didn't like it. I've been under the impression that these legends that Tolkien wrote for England are supposed to have taken place before our known history picks up. If this is the case, then I would have hoped that Tolkien's description of the Sun and the Moon would have been closer to our real Sun and Moon. It's truly fantasy that the Sun and Moon are a flower and a fruit that are encased and drawn across the sky by spirits. There is one line that leads me to believe that perhaps the Sun and Moon were originally as described in this chapter, but later were changed into the celestial beings that we have now. I know, I know, it's just a fantasy story and I shouldn't be so picky, but it seems to me that Tolkien is good enough of a writer to have been able to come up with a Sun/Moon myth that is both realistic and fantastic: tell a fantasy story about how our real Sun and real Moon came into being. And don't ruin it for me if he does smooth this all out.

Two asides: First, I liked it better the second time: it's at least a beautiful myth. Second, in this chapter we have Melkor's might decreasing even more. What will become of him? Will he eventually be so drained of power that he is just a man? Does he fade away altogether?

Till next time, keep thinking,

mark-edmond
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