Season 1 Episode 2 – The Light of the Two Trees

Throughout the first season, cold open prologues will detail the years before Feanor, including the Two Lamps, the War between the Valar and Melkor, Melkor’s imprisonment and freedom, the Awakening of the Elves, Thingol and Melian and the Elves’ journey to Valinor.

Prologue – Arda (Years of the Lamps 3450)

Begins with the Two Lamps being destroyed by a massive malice and the destruction caused by their fall. Shows Utumno, and the forces of balrogs and other creatures contained within.

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Tirion (Y.T. 1490)
– Feanor shows off the Silmarils

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– Feanor approaches his niece Galadriel, struck by the beauty of her hair. He asks for strands from her hair but is refused. Galadriel warns Finarfin, she sees only darkness in Feanor’s love.

– Galadriel goes to live with the Teleri in Alqualonde.

– Melkor confronts Feanor due to his jealousy. He plays upon Feanor’s pride to convince him Fingolfin plans to usurp his position.
– Melkor tells Fingolfin Feanor is planning to drive him out of Tirion.
– Feanor speaks out against the Valar
– Finwe calls the lords of his house to resolve the issue.
– Feanor privately and publicly threatens Fingolfin.
– The Valar exile Feanor to Formenos. Finwe follows Feanor as a sign of support.

First Appearances – Galadriel, Finrod, Aegnor, Angrod, Fingon, Turgon, Aredhel, Argon, Elenwe, Idril, Anaire, Earwen, Irime, Amarie

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Beginning of Days’, ‘Of Feanor and the Unchaining of Melkor’ and ‘Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor’ of The Silmarillion and ‘The History of Galadriel and Celeborn’ from Unfinished Tales.

Pictures

  • The Drawing of the Sword – Jenny Dolfen
  • Illuin: Lamp of the Valar – Ted Nasmith
  • Feanor – Felix Sotomayor
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5 thoughts on “Season 1 Episode 2 – The Light of the Two Trees

    • – “blessed with the ability to peer into the minds of others and she judged them so fairly. But in Fëanor, she only sees darkness”

      The History of Galadriel and Celeborn

      Like it or not, it’s in the text.

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  1. The depiction of the Trees is an argument often used against producing the First Age on screen. Extreme beauty of a brilliantly luminous pair of trees lighting up a continent is best lest in the imagination, so you will be told. I think the effect is possible, in the fashion of an extreme challenge to image design. I thought that the best thing would be an introduction, where the actual growth of the trees among the Valar in Mahanaxar is shown in fast-motion.

    The trees could be shown to give off radiance in moving, shimmering patterns. We’d see the characteristic patterns of the blazing illumination of each tree to be distinct from the other tree-blue glow for Telperion, yellow glow for Silpion, besides fractal “fingerprints” of patterns in which the kinetic light-patterns are given off, also different for each tree. This could be shown up close in addition to being a slow shift of gleam rays seen when the trees are far off in the background.

    What’s more, this would be an excellent depiction of the Silmarills, each giving off shimmering, coruscating patterns of radiance in which the patterns of the trees are seperately discernable. This, the portrayal of the light of the silmarills is one of the most important pieces of effects design in the series.

    What do you think?

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    • I think the depiction of the Two Trees would be one of the best parts about The Silmarillion on screen. Honestly, I have see artwork that I think depicts them just fine, so I’m sure it can be done on screen. However, I would never want it to be CGI. I would rather it all be done through creative art design. Your suggestions sound good though.

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