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

Season 2 Episode 1 – Blood Tears

Season 2 covers the Long Peace and the breaking of the Siege of Angband, from the beginning of the First Age to Year 456. There are a few time skips of several hundred years. This season sees the Dagor Aglareb, construction of Gondolin and Nargothrond, the coming of Men and the Dagor Bragollach.

Prologue – Eregion

  • Elrond and his sons meet with Maglor again. This time he is in Eregion, Celebrimbor’s old kingdom. Maglor is convinced to tell Elrond’s sons about how Beleriand was overtaken by Morgoth.

Angband

  • Maedhros hangs from Thangorodrim. Morgoth and Sauron both taunt and torment him. He refuses to give up secrets about the Noldor.
  • Both Maedhros and Sauron see Thorondor from afar.

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Mithrim

  • Fingolfin begins building his kingdom, Hithlum.
  • Believing Maedhros dead, Maglor and the Sons of Feanor prepare to leave Mithrim and go east.
  • Fingolfin gives Fingon a domain in the west, Dor-lomin.
  • Turgon struggles to get over his wife’s death, becoming protective of Idril. He blames Feanor and his sons for Elenwe’s death.
  • Thorondor arrives to inform Feanor’s sons of Maedhros’ imprisonment.

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Doriath

  • Thingol welcomes Noldor ambassadors in his land, but refuses to give up land of Beleriand to them.
  • Thingol’s daughter, Luthien, is curious about the Noldor. Thingol refuses to let her leave Doriath.

First Appearances – Luthien, Nimloth

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Return of the Noldor’ and ‘Of Beleriand and its Realms’ from The Silmarillion.

Pictures

  • Lake Mithrim – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Maedhros Upon Thangorodrim – Jenny Dolfen
  • Prayer of Fingon – Tuuliky

Season 2 Episode 3 – Lord of the Seas

Sirion

  • Finrod and Turgon leave to journey along Sirion
  • They are both sent dreams by Ulmo of hidden sanctuaries. Tumladen and High Faroth.
  • When they return to Vinyamar, Turgon goes to find Tumladen.

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Tumladen

  • Unable to find the place in his dreams, Turgon is visited directly by Ulmo, who guides him to Tumladen.
  • Turgon returns to Vinyamar as he sees orcs passing through the Pass of Sirion

Maglor’s Gap

  • Maedhros and his brothers hunt down the orcs that have penetrated Maglor’s Gap.

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Hithlum

  • Fingolfin prepares his army for war. He sends Finrod to Doriath once more to enlist the help of Thingol.

Doriath

  • Melian befriends Galadriel. Galadriel tells of the tale of the Noldor, but leaves out the Kinslaying.

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  • Thingol hears rumours of Valinor. He asks Angrod about the events that led the Noldor to Middle-Earth. He learns of the Silmarils and of the Kinslaying at Aqualonde. Horrified, he bans Quenya in Beleriand and forbids any of the House of Feanor to enter Doriath.

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Return of the Noldor’, ‘Of Beleriand and Its Realms’ and ‘Of The Noldor in Beleriand’ from The Silmarillion.

Pictures

  • The Rage of Ulmo – Ralph Damiani
  • The Coast of Mithrim – Tuuliky
  • Ossiriand – Jenny Dolfen
  • Galadriel and Melian – yalanrei

Season 2 Episode 9 – The Elven King

Eithel Sirion

  • Fingolfin and Fingon drive off the orcs besieging the fortress and plan a counter-attack on Dorthonion.
  • His army is joined by Hador, who volunteers to lead the vanguard.

Fen of Serech

  • Finrod and his army hurry north to join Fingolfin, but are ambushed at Serech. Finrod is cut off from the bulk of his army and vastly outnumbered.
  • Barahir comes across Finrod’s army and destroys the orc ambush.
  • Finrod thanks Barahir. He swears an oath of friendship between families, giving him his ring. The ring is forever known as the Ring of Barahir.

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Dorthonion

  • Hador rides on the massive army of orcs occupying Dorthonion, but he is set upon by balrogs.
  • Fingon and Fingolfin come to his aid, but tens of thousands of men and elves are slain or captured.
  • Fingolfin gives the order to retreat.

Eithel Sirion

  • Hador’s son Gundor is killed while retreating. Hador stands against the army alone covering his son’s body in a suicidal last stand.
  • Fingon’s archers destroy the orcs attacking Hador. The orcs retreat back to Dorthonion.
  • At Barad Eithel, Fingon recounts the losses of men and territory to Fingolfin. Fingolfin tells Fingon he will end the war alone.

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Angband

  • Fingolfin rides through the orc host in Ard-Galen, moonlight glowing off his armour. The orcs flee before him.
  • Fingolfin challenges Morgoth at the Gates of Angband. Morgoth accepts. Fingolfin wounds Morgoth seven times, but he is cast down by Grond. Fingolfin delivers a final blow to Morgoth’s foot, before being crushed by it. Watching the duel from afar, Thorondor flew down and stole Fingolfin’s body before it could be desecrated.

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Deaths – Fingolfin, Hador, Gundor

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin’ from The Silmarillion.

Pictures

  • The Siege of Angband – John Howe
  • The Oath of Finrod to Barahir – Anke Eissman
  • Fingolfin’s Wrath – Ted Nasmith
  • Fingolfin’s Challenge – John Howe

Season 2 Episode 10 – Outlaws

Gondolin

  • Thorondor brings Fingolfn’s body to a peak above Gondolin. Turgon sees this and hurries up there. He builds a cairn over his father’s body, before sending word to Fingon at Barad Eithel.

Eithel Sirion

  • Finrod and Barahir meet with Fingon. They receive word of the King’s death from Thorondor. Fingon is named High King of the Noldor.
  • Finrod asks Barahir to return with him to Nargothrond, but Barahir instead returns to Dorthonion to help any of his people who remain

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Angband

  • Glaurung returns to Thangorodrim with ten thousand Noldorian prisoners. Sauron tells Morgoth of the lands and people they now control.

Dorthonion

  • Barahir manages to save many families who flee East. Refusing to leave behind his lands, he and 11 others form an outlaw band who remain in Dorthonion, contesting Morgoth’s rule.

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Himring

  • Maedhros and Maglor remained unharmed in the fortress. Maedhros tells Maglor they will continue to honour the oath and they will find their brothers.

Vale of Sirion

  • Ulmo speaks to Thorondor the Eagle, who is flying back to Gondolin. He convinces him to take Hurin and Huor to Gondolin.
  • Hurin and Huor remain in the mist. Thorondor and his eagles come to them. Hurin is hesitant at first, but realises he has no other option.

Gondolin

  • Thorondor flies Hurin and Huor to Gondolin, where he speaks with Turin about Ulmo’s words. Ulmo had said that the children of Hador will aid Gondolin in its darkest hour. Turgon welcomes the brothers.

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Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin’ and ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ from The Silmarillion.

Pictures

  • Death of Fingolfin – Abe Papakhian
  • The Oath of Felagund – aautio
  • At Tarn Aeluin – Ted Nasmith
  • Hurin and Huor are Carried to Gondolin – Alan Lee

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