Ch:Of Aulë and Yavanna
|Of Aulë and Yavanna|
|Author||J. R. R. Tolkien|
This chapter tells of how Aulë created the first Dwarves and how Yavanna helped bring the Ents into existence.
 Plot Summary
 The Dwarf Fathers
Aulë had grown impatient in the many years it took for the Children of Ilúvatar to come. He yearned to have students to learn all he could teach them, but fearing the scrutiny of the other Valar, he went deep into the Earth and created the Seven Fathers of the Dwarves. When he was done, he began to teach them the speech he had designed for them. Seeing all, Ilúvatar knew of his work and spoke to Aulë: "Why hast thou done this? Why dost thou attempt a thing which though knowest is beyond they power and thy authority? For thou hast from me as a gift thy own being only, and no more; and therefore the creatures of thy hand and mind can live only by that being, moving when thou thinkest to move them, and if thy thought be elsewhere, standing idle. Is that thy desire?"
Aulë then claimed he wished only to fill Arda with those who might admire it, and he offered his creations to Ilúvatar. He then raised his mighty hammer, to destroy the Dwarves he loved, and tears flowed as he did. The Dwarves begged for their lives and bowed. Seeing this, Ilúvatar granted that they should live, for he knew they valued their lives. He accepted them but declared that they would not come before the Firstborn, and so they were sent into slumber underground for many years.
 Aulë Confides in Yavanna
Aulë confided all that had happened with his children to Yavanna. She was glad to hear that Eru had been benign, but she foretold that since Aulë had kept secret his work until its end, the Dwarves would not love the things that grew and bloomed, but only what they could craft, like their father. Aulë said that all of the Children would do the same, and that they would have their own kingdoms over the lands and the plants that grew within them. Yavanna went to Manwë, who confirmed this fact. She despaired that plant life cannot defend itself as animals and the Children can, and that trees shall suffer from this. She requested that trees have the power to defend themselves. After pondering hard over the will of Eru, Manwë decided that spirits would reside within the kelvar and the olvar, and that they could strike back in protection of themselves. Yavanna was glad and cheered her tree to grow and house the Eagles. Manwë denied and said Aulë's trees, the mountains, would be the home of the Eagles, but the forest would have Shepherds to stir and rally them as necessary.
Yavanna returned to Manwë, who was in his smithy, and she boasted, "Eru is bountiful. Now let thy children beware! For there shall walk a power in the forests whose wrath they will arouse at their peril." "Nonetheless they will need wood", answered Aulë, and he continued to work.