Ch:Of the Sun and the Moon and the Hiding of Valinor
|Of the Sun and the Moon and the Hiding of Valinor|
|Author||J. R. R. Tolkien|
This chapter tells of how the Valar salvaged the light of the Two Trees and how Valinor was fortified in defense against Angband.
 Plot Summary
 Fëanor's Future
When the messenger of Manwë had returned to him and told him of Fëanor's words, Manwë cried. Fëanor's skills could have brought many more wonders to Valinor, but that was now undone by Morgoth. When he heard the last words, saying that the Noldor would go into legend and song Manwë proclaimed, "So shall it be! Dear-bought those songs shall be accounted, and yet well-bought. For the price could be no other. Thus even as Eru spoke to us shall beauty not before be conceived be brought into Eä, and evil yet be good to have been." Mandos responded, "And yet remain evil. To me Fëanor shall come soon."
 The Last of the Two Trees
Yavanna and Nienna used all the power they could into healing the trees. While they could not save them, they gained one last flower from Telperion and one last fruit from Laurelin. Then the trees died, and their stems remain where they were today. Manwë hallowed the flower and the fruit, and Aulë made vessels for them that would maintain their light. They were then given to Varda, to place in the sky. The Valar chose Arien, a Maia, to guide the path of the vessel of the last fruit of Laurelin, which would be the sun. She would guide it through the sky, so that all of Middle-earth would be lit. Tilion, also a Maia, would set the Moon on a course as well. First the moon rose in the west, behind Fingolfin as he and his Noldor arrived in Beleriand and sounded their trumpets, scaring the forces of Morgoth. The Sindar loved the sight of the moon and the illumination it brought. Then Arien brought the Sun into the sky and set it on its course, and all of Middle-earth was covered in light, and Morgoth hated it, and he retreated deep into Angband and rose dark clouds in the sky above him to block the light.
Now Arien and Tilion were supposed to take their own courses, but Tilion followed too close to Arien, attracted to her light, and the heat of the sun burned the Moon and darkened it. Still to this day, Tilion will follow too closely, and this may even result in an eclipse. Morgoth hated the new lights in the sky and sent spirits of shadow to attack Tilion, but he vanquished them, and Morgoth feared to challenge Arien and the hot flame of her light. He had become weaker, because as he spread his evil, his power dispersed into them, and he grew carelessly more feeble.
 Raising the Pelóri
Seeing the Moon under attack disheartened the Valar, and they remembered how Almaren was destroyed, and they desired no such fate to be repeated in Valinor, so they raised the Mountains of Aman to new heights all around Valinor. The only pass, Calacirya, remained, so that the Eldar would not be separated and could have fresh air from outer lands. They also raised many islands in the sea to hinder the passage of many ships. Thereafter, no more came to Valinor from Middle-earth, save one.