Season 5 Episode 8 – The Star of High Hope

Belegaer

  • Earendil sails with the Silmaril into the west again. The winds die down as the light of the Silmaril goes forward.
  • They pass the Enchanted Isles and the Shadowy Seas. They pass Tol Eressea, where the Teleri are amazed at their sight.

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Valinor

  • Earendil lands in the Bay of Eldamar and sets foot on Valinor. His crew dare not to go further, but Elwing follows him.
  • Earendil bids Elwing stay while he approaches the Valar. With the Silmaril in hand he walks alone through empty and silent lands towards Taniquetil.

Alqualonde

  • Elwing waits at Alqualonde, where the Teleri come out and meet her.
  • Elwing tells them of the destruction of Doriath and Gondolin, and of the Noldor.

Tirion

  • Earendil walks through the empty streets of Tirion, no one answering his calls.
  • Earendil gives up and returns towards the sea. As he turns back though, Eonwe calls to him from the hill of Túna.

Valimar

  • Eonwe leads Earendil to Valimar to await the judgment of the Valar.
  • Ulmo returns from the sea to join the council.
  • Earendil stands before the Valar, asking for pardon and mercy for all Elves and Men.
  • Mandos speaks against Earendil, but Ulmo speaks for him.
  • Manwe spares Earendil and Elwing, but says they must never walk upon mortal land again. He gives them a choice to join the race of elves or of men.
  • Eonwe takes Earendil back to Elwing as the Valar discuss further action.

Alqualonde

  • Earendil finds Elwing and tells her of their choice. She chooses to be counted among the elves, and Earendil chooses the same for her sake.
  • Eonwe gives Earendil’s three friends a boat and sends them back eastward.

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  • The Valar take Vingilot back to Taniquetil, where they hallow it and set it on the winds. They charge Earendil with guiding the ship through the heavens, with the Silmaril on his brow, as a sign of hope.
  • Earendil passes through the door of night, up past the reaches of the world

Balar

  • Earendil’s crew returns to Balar, where they tell Cirdan of Earendil’s accomplishment. The elves of Balar witness the rising of the Silmaril in the west.

Amon Ereb

  • Maedhros calls to Maglor to look at the western night sky. With Elrond and Elros they gaze upon the star, which Maedhros recognises as a Silmaril and Maglor understands as being risen by the power of the Valar.

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Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Voyage of Earendil and the War of Wrath’ from The Silmarillion and ‘The Tale of Earendel’ from The Book of Lost Tales.

Pictures

  • The Shores of Valinor – Ted Nasmith
  • Silmarillion: Reaching Valinor – Lady Elleth
  • Earendil and Elwing – Roger Garland
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Season 5 Episode 9 – The Host of the Valar

Eldamar

  • Earendil returns from his voyage to find Elwing in a white tower, built for them.

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Angband

  • Morgoth sees the new star in the west. He confides in Sauron that he assumes one must have made it through to Valinor, although he does not believe they will risk open war against him.

Taniquetil

  • Manwe calls up Ingwe of the Vanyar and Finarfin of the Noldor and orders them to prepare for war.

Eldamar

  • Eonwe overlooks the building of a great host of ships by the Teleri.
  • Ingwe and Finarfin gather their own forces
  • The Teleri agree to build ships for the sake of Elwing, but refuse to take part in any battles.
  • Eventually the Host of the Valar is prepared to sail to Middle Earth.
  • Manwe and Ingwe stay behind. Manwe sends the Host with his blessing. Eonwe leads the Host over the sea.

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Belegaer

  • As the Host approaches Middle Earth, Eonwe orders the trumpets to be sounded. The Host is so many the sound can be heard all over Beleriand, reaching even to Angband.

Angband

  • Morgoth hears the horns of the Valar. Afraid, he orders Sauron to prepare for war.
  • Legions of orcs cross Anfauglith to meet the Host.

Amon Ereb

  • Maedhros hears the horns. With Maglor, Elrond, Elros and others he rides forth to see the Host.

Balar

  • Cirdan and Gil-Galad witness the great host sailing in towards Sirion.

The Havens

  • Eonwe lands at The Havens of Sirion. He sets up camp there with Finarfin.
  • Galadriel finds Finarfin among the host.

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  • Cirdan arrives to speak with Eonwe. He pledges to fight for the Valar.
  • The Teleri refuse to even set foot on Middle Earth.
  • Maedhros and Maglor observe the Host from afar, but do not approach them.

First Appearances – Olorin, Curumo, Ingwion

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Voyage of Earendil and the War of Wrath’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The Tale of Earendel’ from The Book of Lost Tales and ‘The Last Chapters of the Quenta Silmarillion’ from The War of the Jewels.

Pictures

  • Vanyar – Angel Falto
  • White Tower of Elwing – John Howe
  • Eonwe – Saj-jie
  • All the Others, Gone – Jenny Dolfen

Season 5 Episode 10 – Wrath

The final episode of the Quenta Silmarillion series will have to be feature-length – between two and three hours long. It will be the War of Wrath in it’s entirety.
Unfortunately since the War of Wrath in the text covers but a few pages most of the content, like character and battle movements will have to be created for the series. All character stories and arcs for the First Age will have to be wrapped up.

The Havens

  • Galadriel and Finarfin discuss the past centuries, including Finrod, Angrod and Aegnor’s deaths and Finrod’s resurrection in Valinor.
  • Eonwe readies the Host to march north.

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Angband

  • Morgoth orders Sauron to block all passes with tens of thousands of orcs, trolls and other monsters. He sends the remaining balrogs to guard the Pass of Sirion.

Falas

  • Ingwion and the Vanyar capture Eglarest.

Brethil

  • The men of Brethil bear witness to the Host marching northwards.
  • Eonwe asks them to join the Host. The men of Brethil not only join, but send out riders to their kin asking for more soldiers.
  • Earendil observes the Host from the sky.
  • Thorondor and the Eagles fly to Earendil. They give themselves over to Earendil’s command.
  • Maedhros and Maglor continue to follow the Host.

Dor-lomin

  • Finarfin and his army liberate the men of Dor-lomin, who promptly join their side.

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Dorthonion

  • Eonwe and the Vanyar fight legions of orcs in the forests of Tuar-Nu-Fuin.
  • The men and dwarves of the east heed the messages of the men of Brethil and come to join the fighting in Dorthonion.

Sirion

  • Ulmo, Orome and Tulkas fight off the balrogs amassed to guard the former Pass of Sirion.
  • The Sirion floods due to the damage caused by the massive fighting between Ainur

Beleriand

  • Massive fighting occurs all across Beleriand, with the Valar and the elves fighting to liberate the slaves and lands from Morgoth’s control.

Dorthonion

  • Eonwe gathers the forces from across the lands in Dorthonion, readying their attack on Angband.

Angband

  • Sauron suggest Morgoth and he go forth to take on the Valar with their full might. Morgoth refuses to leave Angband, but sends Sauron out onto Anfauglith, emptying all Angband. The host assembled on the plain numbers in the millions.

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Anfauglith

  • Maedhros and Maglor look upon the Host of Morgoth and despair. They retreat back.

Gondolin

  • Earendil from his ship looks upon the ruins of Gondolin. He desends into Tumladen and calls the Eagles to him.

Anfauglith

  • The Host of the Valar is gathered on the edge of Anfauglith. Eonwe speaks on behalf of Manwe, leading the Valar, Maiar, Elves, Men and Dwarves toward Angband.

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  • The Great Battle begins.
  • The balrogs are destroyed one by one until only a few remain. They flee.
  • Eonwe battles Sauron and emerges victorious. Sauron retreats back into Angband.
  • The elves and men gain the upper hand against the orcs. Easterlings march against the elves, killing many.
  • Maedhros and Maglor watch the battle. Refusing to let their pride get the better of them once more, they ride in and join the battle, saving Finarfin.

Angband

  • Sauron returns to Morgoth, saying the field is lost. Morgoth does not surrender, sending out his last hope – the winged dragons.
  • Ancalagon the Black comes forth from Angband. Impossibly huge, he dwarfs even the peaks of Thangorodrim.
  • Great thunder, lightning and fire from Thangorodrim accompanies the dragons. The field is set alight.

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Anfaugith

  • Eonwe orders a retreat. Not even the might of Tulkas can stand against Ancalagon.
  • Earendil comes forth with the Eagles, Vingilot shining with white flame. The men and elves recognise it as the Star of High Hope.
  • The Eagles take down the dragons. The Host of the Valar goes forth once more, fighting among flame and ruin.

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  • Earendil with Thorondor battles Ancalagon. Eventually he throws down Ancalagon upon Thangorodrim, breaking the towers and the mountains of Angband. Dust and ash covers the entire battle.
  • A great earthquake rips through Beleriand. Mountains fall and forests are drowned. A great number of people are killed in the waters.

Belegaer

  • The Teleri witness the destruction from their ships. With the lands in front of them now under water, they sail northward, rescuing many caught in the waters.

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Anfauglith

  • As the dust settles the orcs see the body of Ancalagon and the ruin of Angband. They flee. The Easterlings are forced to surrender.
  • The Host hails Earendil.
  • Eonwe sounds the trumpets once again. The Host of the Valar move forth to Angband.

Angband

  • Sauron begs Morgoth to flee. Morgoth will not flee, sending Sauron away and thanking him for his service. Sauron flees Angband but is caught on the plains by Maedhros.
  • The doors to Angband are broken and the Host floods in.
  • Thousands of slaves are freed and reunite with their loved ones.
  • Eonwe finds Morgoth cowering in the lowest dungeon of Angband. Morgoth begs for pardon but Eonwe cuts his feet from under him.
  • Eonwe claims victory for all who have fallen, including Finwe and Feanor, Fingolfin and Fingon, Finrod and Turgon, Baragund and Barahir, Galdor and Gundor, Hurin and Huor, Turin and Nienor, Beren and Luthien.
  • Tulkas chains Morgoth with Angainor, the same chain he was imprisoned with thousands of years ago.
  • Eonwe cuts the Silmarils from Morgoth’s crown. Tulkas beats the crown into a collar for Morgoth’s neck.

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Anfauglith

  • Earendil finds Elrond and Elros upon the battlefield. He tells them of his punishment, that he can no longer set foot on Middle Earth, and also of their choice between elves and men. He asks his sons to go to Valinor with the Host, but if they are to live on Middle-Earth not to stay with the Sons of Feanor. They say goodbye.

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  • Maedhros and Maglor confront Eonwe. They demand the Silmarils back to fulfil their Oath. Eonwe refuses, saying they have no right to the jewels because of their evil deeds and must return to Valinor and await judgment.
  • Maglor desires to return, but Maedhros does not, prepared to face even the Host of Valinor to fulfil his Oath.
  • Maedhros and Maglor disguise themselves and steal the Silmarils from Eonwe’s camp. The Host raises arms against them. Eonwe lets them go.

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Belegaer

  • Eonwe and Earendil lead the Host of the Valar back to Valinor upon the ships of the Teleri.
  • Cirdan, Galadriel, Celeborn, Gil-Galad and Elrond do not go back upon the ships, instead choosing to journey into the east and found new settlements.
  • Elros however, chooses to be counted among men and leads the Edain out of Beleriand.

Valinor

  • Earendil is reunited with Elwing.
  • Morgoth is brought before Manwe. The Valar cast Morgoth out of the Door of Night.

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Middle Earth

  • Maedhros cannot bear the pain of the Silmaril as it burns his hands. Despairing of his oath and his past deeds, he cries to his father and, clutching the Silmaril to his chest, casts himself into a chasm of fire.

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  • Maglor cannot bear the pain either and casts the Silmaril into the sea. He curses himself to walk alone upon the shores until the end of days.
  • (Third Age) Elrond begs Maglor to forgive himself and return to dwell among the Noldor. Maglor cannot be at peace with his past actions and returns to walking alone.

Maglor Casts a Silmaril into the Sea, by Ted Nasmith

(Post-Credits) Sauron finds the land of Mordor.

Deaths – Maedhros

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Voyage of Earendil and the War of Wrath’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The Tale of Earendel’ from The Book of Lost Tales and ‘The Last Chapters of the Quenta Silmarillion’ from The War of the Jewels.

Pictures

  • War of Wrath – Per Sjogren
  • Vanyarin Army in the War of Wrath – ?
  • The War of Wrath – Maureval
  • Morgoth and His Host – D3SMMUN
  • Lord of the Eagles – Tuuliky
  • Ancalagon – ?
  • Dragon of the First Age – rubendevela
  • Leaving Beleriand – John Howe
  • Tulkas Drags Melkor Out – Skullbastard
  • Earendil the Mariner – John Howe
  • Maedhros and Maglor Prepared to Defend Themselves and Die – Catherine Chmiel
  • The Door of Night – John Howe
  • It Ends in Flame – Jenny Dolfen
  • Maglor Casts a Silmaril into the Sea – Ted Nasmith