Ainulindalë and Valaquenta
So begins the first post from the TTRT series (Tolkien Trio Reading Tradition).
As stated last week, we’ll be going through Tolkien’s works, chapter-by-chapter, starting with The Silmarillion.
(Naturally, stick-figure drawings will help me illustrate the point)
Today we’ll be looking at both Ainulindalë and Valaquenta. Note, these are not chapters but rather two shorter works that make up the collection known as ‘The Silmarillion’.
Newcomers to this book, and veteran readers who haven’t yet done so, are strongly urged to read through the Foreword, Preface and (most importantly) Tolkien’s letter to Milton Waldman – available in any second edition copy of The Silmarillion.
Said letter is a fantastic piece of writing that offers its readers a fragment of the author’s thoughts and aspirations behind his entire fantasy world.
It’s an honest account that provides a clear framework to the narratives from The Silmarillion, right through The Lord of the Rings.
Suffice to say there are some minor story spoilers but skip this letter at your own risk.
Now, onto the complex stuff … Continue reading