- Comprehending and Conceptualizing the Ainulindalë in the real world
Ever read Dante Alighieri’s La Vita Nuova?
That passion. That love. All the emotions in just a few cleverly-constructed sentences.
Transform that text into music and you get Patrick Cassidy’s Vide Cor Meum; and you might just start to comprehend what the Music of the Ainur may have sounded like.
No discords of Melkor. At first.
Just all the Ainur signing in unison before the seat of Ilúvatar – the glory, the majesty, love and subtleties of nostalgia.
J.R.R Tolkien’s The Silmarillion opens with the Ainulindalë, one of the most beautiful and complex creation tales ever conceived.
Creation scenes are both simplistic and highly-complicated to comprehend.
Visualizing an imaginary world with all its characters, creatures and fantastical locations to the real world is a difficult task in itself. Trying to do the same in relation to the creation of that same fantasy realm is near impossible.
But the vast imagination of an author is still bound by the limits of the physical world: thoughts and concepts which arose from real-life experiences.
The result of such an endeavour has been attempted in the following 3-minute video. I’ve edited the music and visuals together, in order to give my own perspective on how I interpret the Music of the Ainur: with all the feelings and atmospheres conjured up when reading Tolkien’s text.
I hope you enjoy and share … :)