Season 1 Episode 1 – The Minstrel

The series is framed by meetings between Elrond and Maglor in the Third Age. Maglor recounts the events of the First Age to Elrond and the viewer.

Season 1 covers the Fall of the Noldor, including the birth of Feanor and his brothers, the creation of the Silmarils, the Kinslaying, the journey to Middle-earth, the First Battle and the Battle-under-stars.

Here now is Season 1, Episode 1: The Minstrel

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Prologue – Rivendell/Lindon

  • Elrond receives a message from Cirdan, saying he has spotted the person Elrond has been searching for.
  • Elrond rides to Lindon, where Cirdan directs him onwards.
  • Elrond finds the elf on the shores of the sea, Maglor, son of Feanor.
  • Elrond wishes to bring Maglor to Rivendell, but Maglor cannot come. Maglor begins his story, the story of the Noldor, beginning in Valinor.

Valinor/Tirion

  • His father, Feanor, is born to Finwe and Miriel. Miriel dies during childbirth. Finwe remarries and has two more sons – Fingolfin and Finarfin.
  • Feanor opposes his father’s remarriage.
  • Feanor is close to Mahtan, Miriel’s father. Mahtan teaches Feanor craftsmanship and writing.
  • Feanor devises Tengwar. He weds Nerdanel and has seven sons, one of them Maglor.
  • Feanor turns his mind towards making gems. He is approached by a Valar, Melkor, but sees through his lies.
  • The lives of the elves beneath the light of the Two Trees in Valinor are detailed. Feanor’s relationship with his brothers and sons and Finwe’s meetings with the Valar.
  • Melkor and Manwe discuss the elves. Manwe warns Melkor not to interfere, reminding him of his past.
  • Feanor creates the Silmarils.

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First Appearances – Elrond, Cirdan, Maglor, Feanor, Finwe, Miriel, Indis, Nerdanel, Fingolfin, Finarfin, Maedhros, Celegorm, Caranthir, Curufin, Amrod, Amras, Manwe, Ulmo, Mandos, Aule, Irmo, Orome, Tulkas, Varda, Yavanna, Nienna, Vaire, Este, Vana, Nessa, Melkor, Rumil, Mahtan, Findis, Ingwe

Deaths – Miriel

Adapted from chapters ‘Of Eldamar and the Princes of Eldalie’ and ‘Of Feanor and the Unchaining of Melkor’ of The Silmarillion.

Pictures

  • Tirion – Ted Nasmith
  • Maglor – Jenny Dolfen
  • Lord of the Gems – Mami02
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7 thoughts on “Season 1 Episode 1 – The Minstrel

  1. Pingback: Season 1 Episode 1 – The Minstrel | Tracey-anne's Weblog

  2. You’ve put so much thought into this, it’s awesome! I look forward to reading through all your season/episode listings. One thought: the length of this episode’s First Appearances list shows one of the greatest problems in filming TS. So many unfamiliar names to keep track of, in just the one episode!

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    • Yes that is a problem with any big production. I have had similar problems with other shows such as Game of Thrones and Deadwood. The plan would be to introduce them in the first episode but focus on the few main characters – Feanor, Finwe, Fingolfin and a few others. The Valar would be mostly background characters and other characters like Fingon, Turgon, Finrod, Glorfindel, Galadriel etc would be developed gradually as the season goes on, allowing viewers to customise themselves with the characters without being overwhelmed, hopefully.

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  3. I like the story being set by Maglor and Elrond- continuity with a well known character, Elrond. But I wouldn’t have their meeting in the third age; by which time Elrond is a lord of renown in his own right and would have known well these events from accounts from Cirdan, Gilgalad, etc.
    Set the story at the kinslaying when Elrond and Elros are captured by Maglor showing how he comes to care for them as he shares to them what has happened and the effect its had on him.

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    • The point is that Elrond would have learned these events by characters that were mostly out of the picture. Cirdan, Gil-Galad and Galadriel only took part in the War of the Jewels every now and then. And while Elrond would have been told some things by Maglor, to gain his trust I don’t think he’d know the full truth about the Kinslayings.
      The point of Elrond meeting Maglor in the Third Age is to get the full truth he deserves from his adopted father, as someone who took the Oath and was there from the creation of the Silmarils to the Third Age.

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