Season 6 Episode 1 – The Second Age

Season 6 will be the last to cover The Silmarillion. It will consist mostly of Akallabeth and extra material featured in Unfinished Tales. The main story is the Downfall of Numenor and the Last Alliance, which will be the bulk of this season. The first couple of episodes will cover the establishment of Numenor, the making of the Rings of Power and the War of the Elves and Sauron. These events will be streamlined a little to compensate for time constraints. Other events covered would include the establishment of the great kingdoms and cities of Middle-Earth, including Lindon, Eregion, Lothlorien, Gondor, Arnor and Imladris, as well as the disaster of Gladden Fields, the coming of the Istari and the expansion of Khazad-Dum.

Elrond takes over as narrator, as Maglor is no longer involved in the events of the story.

Prologue – Rivendell (Third Age)

  • Having heard the tale of Earendil, the children of Elrond are now keen to know the stories of the Second Age. So Elrond begins the tale of the men of his brother, Elros.

Valinor (Second Age Y. 1)

  • The Valar convene again. They give the returned elves the Isle of Eressea to dwell in and build the tower of Avallone.
  • Manwe declares that due to the destruction of Beleriand the Valar will never again intervene in the affairs of Middle Earth.
  • Manwe sends Eonwe to give the Edain that fought in the War of Wrath their reward.

Lindon

  • Gil-Galad establishes a kingdom in Lindon.

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  • Elros and the Edain dwell here for a while.
  • Eonwe arrives with messages from the Valar. He reveals a new land has been raised for the Edain.
  • Elros says goodbye to Elrond and the elves and leads his men over the sea, following the Star of Earendil.

Numenor (S.A. 32-442)

  • Osse raises the island from the sea. Aule and Yavanna model it and give it life.
  • Elros arrives and establishes the Kingdom of Numenor.

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  • From Meneltarma, the highest peak on Numenor, Elros gazes upon the light of Valinor and the tower of Avallone.
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  • Death of Elros and creation of the line of the Lords of Andunie.

Lindon (S.A. 750-1200)

  • Many elves, including Celebrimbor, Galadriel, Celeborn and Oropher, leave Lindon to found their own colonies.

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Eregion

  • Celebrimbor comes across a tall man calling himself Annatar.

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First Appearances – Oropher, Thanduil, Celebrian

Death – Elros

Adapted from chapters ‘Akallabeth’ and ‘Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The History of Galadriel and Celeborn’, ‘A Description of the Island of Numenor’ and ‘The Line of Elros’ from Unfinished Tales, Appendices A and B of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Tales of Years of the Second Age’ from The Peoples of Middle-earth.

Pictures

  • Numenor Map – Narfil Palurfalas
  • The End of the Age – Ted Nasmith
  • Numenor – Feliche
  • Ost-in-edhil – ?
  • Annatar – Alais

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 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

Season 1 Episode 3 – Formenos

Prologue – Valinor (Y.T. 1)

Aule is about to destroy the dwarves, but receives a message from the One to let them live, but not to awaken them before the elves.

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Formenos (Y.T. 1492-1495)

  • Feanor and his family settle in to their new home.
  • The Valar send Tulkas to imprison Melkor again, but he cannot be found.
  • Melkor arrives at Formenos and speaks to Feanor and Finwe.
  • Finwe sends messengers to Manwe.
  • Feanor sees through Melkor’s lies and kicks him out of Formenos.

Alqualonde

  • Galadriel meets an elf, Celeborn.

Valinor

  • Melkor flees south and meets with Ungoliant.

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First Appearance – Celeborn, Ungoliant

Adapted from chapters ‘Of Aule and Yavanna’, ‘Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor’ and ‘Of the Darkening of Valinor’ from The Silmarillion, and ‘The History of Galadriel and Celeborn’ from Unfinished Tales.

Pictures

  • Formenos – Luis F. Bejarano
  • Aule the Destroyer – Ted Nasmith
  • Ungoliant and Morgoth – John Howe

Season 1 Episode 4 – Nightfall

Prologue – Valinor (Y.T. 1)

The Creation of the Two Trees. Maglor recounts to Elrond the names of the Valar.

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Valinor (Y.T. 1495)

  • The Valar try and reconcile Feanor and Fingolfin
  • Feanor is invited to Valinor
  • Fingolfin offers his hand to Feanor, recognising his place as eldest and heir of Finwe.
  • Melkor and Ungoliant travel to Valinor.
  • As Feanor and Fingolfin are being reconciled, Ungoliant destroys the two trees.

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  • Yavanna examines the Two Trees and finds only the light of the Silmarils can restore them.
  • Orome and Tulkas go after Melkor with the Vanyar.
  • Manwe asks Feanor to give them up, but he refuses.
  • Messengers come from Formenos with news for Feanor

First Appearances – Glorfindel, Orodreth, Eonwe

Adapted from chapters ‘Valaquenta’, ‘Of the Beginning of Days’ and ‘Of the Darkening of Valinor’ from The Silmarillion.

Pictures

  • Two Trees of Valinor – MattBurton
  • Yavanna’s Trees – Jacek Kopalski
  • The Killing of the Trees – John Howe

Season 1 Episode 5 – Morgoth

Prologue – Valinor (Y.T. 1000)

Yavanna asks Manwe for protection, as she fears Elves, Men and Dwarves will destroy her plants and animals. Manwe gives her a vision of the Ents, who will protect them.

Formenos (Y.T. 1495)

  • An impenetrable black fog falls over Formenos.
  • Finwe alone goes out to face it. He is killed by Melkor.
  • Melkor and Ungoliant force their way in and steal the Silmarils.

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Valinor

  • Feanor names Melkor ‘Morgoth’
  • Feanor gives an impassioned speech to the Noldor. He rebels against the Valar and leads the Noldor to Middle-Earth.
  • The Noldor are convinced to go. Finrod and Fingon are among Feanor’s supporters, while Turgon and Glorfindel advise against it, but follow their families.
  • Feanor gathers his sons and swears the Oath of Feanor, despite Fingolfin and Glorfindel’s objections. The Oath states they will fight anyone who withholds the Silmarils from the descendents of Feanor.
  • Nerdanel refuses to follow Feanor. She begs for Amras and Amrod to be left with her. Feanor refuses.
  • Finrod is forced to choose between his kin and his beloved Amarie of the Vanyar. He chooses to follow the Noldor.

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  • Against the Valar, the Noldor set out for Middle-Earth

First Appearance – Treebeard

Deaths – Finwe

Adapted from chapters ‘Of Aule and Yavanna’ and ‘Of the Flight of the Noldor’ from The Silmarillion and ‘The Grey Annals’ from The War of the Jewels.

Pictures

  • The Oath of Feanor – Jenny Dolfen
  • The Oath of Feanor – Ted Nasmith
  • The Parting of Lovers 2 – aautio

Season 1 Episode 6 – Kinslaying

Prologue – Utumno (Y.T. 1099-1100)

Tulkas and the Valar wage war on Melkor. Utumno is destroyed and Melkor is imprisoned.

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Valinor (Y.T. 1496)

  • Aule begins work on the Sun and Moon.

Alqualonde

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  • Feanor and the first host head to Aqualonde
  • Fingon and his host go second, while Fingolfin and his sons are the last to leave Tirion
  • From afar, a great Eagle follows them.
  • Feanor and his sons try and persuade the Teleri to give him their ships. The Teleri refuse to go against the Valar.
  • The Noldor steal some ships, but the Teleri throw them off into the harbour. The Noldor and Teleri join in battle.
  • Galadriel tries to intervene. When her pleas are ignored, she fights for the Teleri.
  • Fingon and his host come to Alqualonde and join the fight under assumption that the Teleri attacked Feanor.
  • Finarfin and Fingolfin arrive and Feanor lies to them about the Kinslaying.

Aman

  • Feanor and his men take the ships. Fingolfin and Finarfin travel north along the coast on foot.
  • Mandos appears on the mountains and proclaims the Doom of the Noldor.
  • Hearing the truth, Finarfin takes his host and turns back to Valinor. His children remain with Fingolfin.

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Helcaraxe

  • Morgoth and Ungoliant cross the Helcaraxe into Middle Earth

First Appearances – Sauron, Gothmog, Olwe, Thorondor

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor’, ‘Of the Sun and Moon’ and ‘Of the Flight of the Noldor’ from The Silmarillion and ‘The History of Galadriel and Celeborn’ from Unfinished Tales.

Pictures

  • The First Kinslaying – Ted Nasmith
  • The Valiant Incoming – Ninni-V
  • Alqualonde – Thomas Rouillard
  • Helcaraxe – Andrew Mockett