Lord of the Rings Guidelines: What to Write to Get it Right – An Informative Essay on Tolkien’s Works

by Sep 4, 2003Critical Viewpoints

Lord of the Rings Guidelines: What to Write to Get it Right.

Middle-earth is a diverse world. There are elves, dwarves, men, hobbits, goblins, orcs, even werewolves and vampires. There are gods, curses, demons, and spirits. You’d think that’d be enough for people. Unfortunately, sometimes it isn’t.
Ah, where are my manners? I’m Cerberus Dis, and this is my informative essay on Lord of the Rings. Welcome, one and all. Sit down, and enjoy the show.
I’ll cover topics of fanfiction in this essay, so be patient. Let’s start with the first things first:

Section One–What are the Races of Middle-earth?

There are plenty of different races in ME. Let’s cover some of them (the most common).

Elves- The History
Elves are the Firstborn. They are immortal, wise, and fair. They are not prissy-boys. Let’s get that straight from the get-go. Got it? Good.
Elves awakened on the shores of the inland sea, Cuiviénen (Waters of Awakening). It was located in Helcar, during the Years of the Trees. The elves were called to Valinor after Orome (a Vala) discovered them singing. He named them the Eldar, the People of the Stars. However, they already called themselves the Quendi, Those Who Speak with Voices.
After Melkor was captured by the Valar, Orome was told to summon all the Quendi to come to Valinor. They were reluctant to make the journey, since they feared the Valar. Three leaders were chosen- Ingwe, Finwe, and Elwe- to make the journey to Aman with Orome, to help the rest of the elves decide their course. The ambassadors were awed by Valinor, and counselled their people to accept the summons.
Most of the elves agreed. They set out on the Great Journey, and later became the Three Kindreds, the Vanyar, the Noldor, and the Teleri. The elves that refused the summons were known as the Avari, the Unwilling.
Orome led the elves out of the east. The Vanyar were the most eager, (led by Finwe) and they arrived first.
The Teleri, led by Elwe and Olwe (Elwe’s brother), were the most numerous, and they were doubtful. Many of them left the Journey and stayed in Middle-earth.
Once the Vanyar and the Noldor reached the Great Sea, Ulmo brought an island to the shore, and then carried them to Aman.
The Teleri arrived too late to take Ulmo’s island ride, so they dwelt in Beleriand for a time. In that time, Lord Elwe was lost, and the Teleri encountered Osse, a Maia of the sea. When Ulmo returned for the Teleri, many of them decided to stay in Beleriand, and became the Sindar. They dwelt by the shores under the lordship of Cirdan.
Next came three whole ages of glory for the elves. The elves became the wisest and noblest of the Children of Illuvatar under the guidance of the Valar.
Elves- Their Natures
Elves are alike to Men. They are both Children of Illuvatar. Although there are similarities, there are also great differences. The elves are `immortal’, at least so long as the world lasts. They are not susceptible to aging or disease, and they can only die by being slain in battle, or by withering away from grief. When an elf does die, he is reborn in the Halls of Mandos, in Valinor.
Elves, unlike Men, are not bound to Middle-earth. They are permitted to sail to Valinor, which was removed from the world. Elves have clearer sight and perception, too, but those gifts have their limits.
Well, that was a bit long. It’s important stuff, though, so I had to put it in. Now, on to the next item!

Men- The History
The race of Men first awakened in the eastern land of Hildorien at the beginning of the First Age. They awoke when the Sun first rose, and when the Noldor returned to Middle-earth from Aman. After seeing the sun rise, many of them went westwards. After about three hundred years of wanderings, they arrived in Beleriand.
There were three houses of Men who came to the lands west of the Misty Mountains. They fought alongside the Elves in the Wars of Beleriand. Thusly, they were known as the Edain, which is Elvish for all Men. However, Edain is usually for referring to members of those three houses who were faithful to the Elves, and were rewarded with the island of Númenor (Elenna). The houses of the Edain are as follows (in the order that they came):
The House of Beor
The House of Haleth (the Haladin)
The House of Hador (the descendants of Marach and his folk)
Numenor was founded in the year 32 of the Second Age. It was raised from the sea by the Valar. The Edain that dwelled in Beleriand were led to Numenor by Elros Half-elven. Unlike his brother Elrond, Elros chose to be counted among Men.
Elros became the first king of Numenor. He took the name Tar-Minyatur. Under his rule, and the rule of his descendants, the Numenoreans grew to become the most powerful group of Men in any Age. Their ships returned to Middle-earth in the year 600 of the Second Age, and there they found havens and cities.
In the early parts of their history, the Numenoreans were closely linked with the elves of Tol Eressea (which was close to their shores). The Elves visited them often, and taught them much, but the Men of Numenor were strictly forbidden to sail westwards. The Valar feared that Men would become jealous and envious of Valinor. As their power grew, the Numenoreans began to turn against the Ban of the Valar, and in the year 2899 of the Second Age, the king Ar-Adunakhor turned against it openly, although he did not defy it.
Ar-Pharazon the Golden was the last king of Numenor. He usurped the rightful queen, Miriel in the year 3255 of the Second Age. The Numenoreans made war upon Sauron. Sauron’s forces abandoned him, and he sued for peace. He then returned to Numenor with the king, and gained his trust. Sauron persuaded Ar-Pharazon to sail openly against the Valar. He sailed against the Valar in 3319 of the Second Age. But, alas, the moment he set foot upon the forbidden shores of Valinor, the land of Numenor sunk into the Sea, and was lost.
Elendil, his sons, and their followers survived the Downfall. They had predicted such a disaster, and had taken a ship to Middle-earth. There they found the lands of Gondor and Arnor, and built a dim reflection of the glory of Numenor.

Men- Their Natures
Men are unique for their `Gift of Men’, which is also known as Death. After a man’s set time on the world, he leaves the world, and goes beyond it.
Men suffer from famine, disease, and old age, unlike the elves. The elves called them the Engwar, the Sickly, referring to their susceptibility to the above.

This is the first installment of my Essay. The next will be out approximately whenever I feel like it. It should be pretty soon, though. Thank you, oh Mighty Readers who read it all though!
Now, I had lots of help from the Encyclopedia of Arda. I bow before the mighty people who took the time and effort to make it up. Otherwise, Tolkien reserves all rights to his works. No profit was made off of this article.


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