Season 5 Episode 1 – House of the Swan Wing

Season 5 will be the last season covering Quenta Silmarillion and the First Age. All major stories of Beleriand will be tied up and Maglor’s tales will end with the reveal of the full relationship between he and Elrond and the events that led to their meeting. Season 5 covers Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin, Earendil and the War of Wrath as well as the Second and Third Kinslayings in Doriath and the Havens of Sirion. The last episode and climax of the First Age is outlined as a feature-length film. Unfortunately many details of the War of Wrath itself have to be created for the series as there is precious little descriptions in the published text.

Belegaer

  • Maglor returns to the sea, passing by a familiar hill. Elrond catches up with him, demanding to know the full story of his father, the Oath and their time together. Elrond believes he is owed an explanation of Maglor’s actions, something he believes he did not get when he was young.

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Gondolin

  • Turgon meets with Tuor and appoints him leader of the House of the Swan Wing.
  • Idril walks through the city with a young Earendil.

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  • Maeglin leaves Gondolin for the mines.

Amon Ereb

  • Celegorm urges an attack on Doriath. Maedhros refuses and instead sends a demand for it to be returned.

Doriath

  • Dior rules Doriath while raising his two sons and his daughter.
  • Dior receives the demand for the Silmaril. As an insult to the sons of Feanor, he chooses to send no answer.

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  • Unwilling to await the wrath of Maedhros, Galadriel wishes to leave with Celeborn for the Havens of Sirion.

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  • Morgoth reveals to Sauron that he knows the location of Gondolin from the cries of Hurin.
  • Sauron sends out orcs to scout the mountains for an entrance to Gondolin.

The Havens of Sirion

  • Cirdan sends ships to the west in an attempt to contact the Valar.

Amon Ereb

  • After receiving no reply, Maedhros grants Celegorm leave to assemble a force to attack Doriath.

 

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Ruin of Doriath’ and ‘Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin’ from The Silmarillion, ‘Of Tuor and His Coming to Gondolin’ from Unfinished Tales and ‘The Fall of Gondolin’ from The Book of Lost Tales.

Pictures –

  • The Harp No Longer Sings – Jenny Dolfen
  • Maglor and Elrond – Mintkim
  • Idril and Earendil – RobeleskaZeppelin
  • The Nauglamir is Returned to Dior Eluchil – Paula DiSante
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Season 5 Episode 2 – The Oath of Feanor

Amon Ereb

  • Celegorm amasses a large amount of followers. He returns to Maedhros.
  • Maedhros leads his brothers and their followers towards Doriath.

The Havens of Sirion

  • Cirdan awaits word from the ships.
  • Only one ship returns. It brings word that the other six were lost. The way to the west is closed.

Gondolin

  • Idril confides in Tuor her unease. She believes peace will not last and that Maeglin is not to be trusted.

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  • Tuor begins constructing in secret a tunnel out of the city.

Doriath

  • Galadriel prepares to leave. She asks Dior to follow her.
  • The sons of Feanor attack in the middle of the night.
  • Dior has all elves retreat into the caves. He is spotted by Celegorm and pursued.
  • Dior gives the Nauglamir to Elwing and has guards escort her out.
  • Celegorm is killed by Dior, who is then killed along with his wife by Curufin.

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  • Curufin and Caranthir die by the hands of Celeborn and his guards.
  • Galadriel gathers followers, including Elwing, and escapes Menegroth.
  • The rest of the elves in Menegroth are slaughtered.
  • The followers of Celegorm capture Elured and Elurin, leaving them to starve in the forest.

Dorthonion

  • Sauron’s scouts come across Maeglin. Maeglin is taken prisoner.

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Doriath

  • Maedhros searches for the Silmaril, but neither he nor his brothers or followers can find it.
  • Celegorm’s followers return, telling Maedhros of their capture of the twins.
  • Maedhros gives up the search for the Silmaril and goes into the forest to search for Elured and Elurin.
  • Elured and Elurin come across Maedhros, but hide away from him.

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Deaths – Dior, Nimloth, Nellas, Celegorm, Caranthir, Curufin

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Ruin of Doriath’ and ‘Of Tuor and The Fall of Gondolin’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The History of Galadriel and Celeborn’ from Unfinished Tales and ‘The Fall of Gondolin’ from The Book of Lost Tales.

Pictures

  • The Death of Curufin – Jenny Dolfen
  • Idril Tuor Maeglin – Catherine Chmiel
  • Death in Doriath – Svetlana Nikonova
  • Maeglin Taken Prisoner by Orcs – Catherine Chmiel
  • Maedhros Searching for the Sons of Dior – Jenny Dolfen

Season 5 Episode 3 – Son of Twilight

Gondolin

  • Turgon is brought reports from Glorfindel that spies gather around the mountains. Turgon doubles the guard and keeps everyone on full alert.
  • Tuor shows Idril the passage out of the city.

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Angband

  • Maeglin is tortured by orcs.
  • Morgoth comes to speak with Maeglin. He offers to spare Maeglin if the entrance to Gondolin is revealed.
  • Maeglin, still undeterred, refuses. Morgoth then promises kingship of the city and Idril. Maeglin decides to betray Turgon.

Sirion

  • Galadriel and her followers escape the forest. She sets a constant guard on Elwing and the Silmaril and leads them to the Havens.

Amon Ereb

  • Maedhros brings the bodies of his brothers back to their home.
  • Maedhros, Maglor and Amras discuss their next move. Maedhros is reluctant to continue searching the wilderness.

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Gondolin

  • Maeglin returns to Gondolin. He lies about his wounds and returns to his place by Turgon’s side.
  • Idril notices the change in Maeglin.

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  • Maeglin convinces a few lords to take his word over Turgon’s.
  • Turgon ignores the words of Idril and prepares the city for the feast of the Gates of Summer.
  • Gothmog leads a great host of orcs over the northern hills of Tumladen.

First Appearance – Salgant

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Ruin of Doriath’ and ‘Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The History of Galadriel and Celeborn’ from Unfinished Tales and ‘The Fall of Gondolin’ from The Book of Lost Tales.

Pictures

  • Turgon on His Throne – Catherine Chmiel
  • Tuor, Gelmir and Arminas – Ted Nasmith
  • Maedhros the Tall – Tuuliky
  • The Storm is Coming – Liga Klavina

Season 5 Episode 6 – The Mariner

(15 years later)

The Havens

  • Cirdan and Gil-Galad live on the Isle of Balar. Tuor and Earendil lead the people of the Havens.
  • Earendil and Elwing wed.

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  • Tuor builds a ship in secret. He reveals to Idril he can no longer bear the longing for the sea that he has had since his meeting with Ulmo.
  • Tuor meets with Cirdan and Gil-Galad, revealing his intentions to sail away and leave lordship of the Havens to Earendil.
  • Tuor and Idril hold a feast where they announce their leave. In the morning they say goodbye to Earendil and Elwing and leave in their ship.

Balar

  • Earendil meets with Cirdan about the possibility of sailing to Valinor. He is told of their previous attempts.
  • Cirdan however, agrees to help build Earendil a ship.

The Havens

  • Many years pass. Elwing gives birth to twin sons, Elrond and Elros.
  • Earendil and Cirdan build their ship, Vingilot, upon which Earendil sails through many seas and to many isles.

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  • Earendil returns to the Havens, where he stays with his sons for a while, but not long. He meets with Cirdan again and leaves to search for Valinor.
  • Earendil with his small crew searches in vain for Valinor and Tuor.

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Amon Ereb

  • Maedhros hunts in the wild, but ever his Oath torments him. He returns to Amon Ereb and calls Maglor and Amras to their oaths once more.
  • Maedhros sends messengers to the Havens of friendship, asking for them to yield the Silmaril.

The Havens

  • Elwing refuses to yield the Silmaril, not while Earendil is at sea.

Amon Ereb

  • Maedhros will not wait any longer. He, with his brothers and followers, set out for The Havens.

First Appearance – Elros, Aerandir, Erellont, Falathar

Adapted from chapters ‘Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin’ and ‘The Voyage of Earendil and the War of Wrath’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The History of Galadriel and Celeborn’ from Unfinished Tales and ‘The Wanderings of Hurin and Other Writings’ from The War of the Jewels.

Pictures

  • Earendil the Mariner – Ted Nasmith
  • Elwing and Earendil – zdrava
  • Vingilot – Billy Masig
  • But Elwing Was Not With Him – Dapplehack

Season 5 Episode 7 – The Accursed Oath

The Havens

  • Elwing sends ships out to find Earendil before Maedhros comes upon them.

Belegaer

  • Earendil is repelled several times by strong winds and fierce storms.
  • He turns towards home, giving up hope of finding Valinor or his father.

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The Havens

  • Maedhros comes down upon the Havens harshly and suddenly. He slays many elves himself, demanding the Silmaril be brought to him.
  • Some of Maedhros’ followers stand side, unable to witness the cruelty of the slayings.
  • Some of Maedhros’ followers go so far as to stand against Maedhros and his brothers. They refuse to kill Elwing or take the Silmaril from her. Instead they tell her to flee. They are all slain by the Sons of Feanor, although Amras is slain in their attack.

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  • Elwing casts herself into the sea with the Silmaril rather than let Maedhros have it.
  • Maedhros and Maglor come into the house of Earendil. They there find Elrond and Elros.
  • Maglor takes pity on the twins and convinces Maedhros to spare them. They take the twins captive.

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Belegaer

  • Ulmo bears Elwing out of the waves. He sends her in the form of a great white bird over the sea with the Silmaril on her breast.
  • The white bird falls from the sky into Vingilot. Earendil sees the Silmaril and wonders.

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  • In the morning Earendil finds Elwing lying next to him, asleep.
  • Earendil learns of the attack and curses himself for not being there to defend his people.
  • Giving up his sons for dead, Earendil turns his ship around, heading towards Valinor once more.

The Havens

  • Cirdan and Gil-Galad reach the Havens too late. They bring the remaining survivors, including Galadriel and Celeborn, back with them to the Isle of Balar.

Amon Ereb

  • Maglor grows fond of Elrond and Elros and begins teaching them how to play music. In his heart he grows weary of the Oath and the pain it has brought upon the world.

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Death – Amras

Adapted from chapters ‘The Voyage of Earendil and the War of Wrath’ from The Silmarillion and ‘The Wanderings of Hurin and Other Writings’ from The War of the Jewels.

Pictures

  • Let the Havens Burn – Karolina Wegrzyn
  • Earendil’s Ship – John Howe
  • Maedhros at the Kinslaying – Jenny Dolfen
  • And Maglor Took Pity Upon Them – Catherine Chmiel
  • Earendil the Mariner – Jenny Dolfen
  • Little Half-elf – Tuuliky

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

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.

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(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