Everlasting Darkness: 2. Notes

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2. Notes

Minas Elenath is my own invention. All important cities need the traditional white tower. Minas Elenath means Tower of the Stars. The name is meant to be reminiscent of the Mindon Eldalieva, the tower in Tirion, which translates to Tower of the Elves.

This Celebrimbor has raven locks and bright eyes, and he looks a lot like his father Curufin, who looked a lot like Feanor.

In about SA 1600, "Sauron forges the One Ring in Orodruin. He completes the Barad-dur. Celebrimbor perceives the designs of Sauron" (RotK 453). Yet the War of the Elves and Sauron doesn't begin until SA 1693, the same year that the Three Rings are hidden. Celebrimbor's attempt to solve the problem on his own by attacking Mordor is my invention. Tolkien just doesn't say enough about the Second Age, but I can't believe that nothing happened in those 90 years. Of course, Celebrimbor's war against Mordor is unsuccessful. He's a great craftsman, but war is another matter.

When Celebrimbor's thinking that he can't even defeat a single Maia, he's comparing it to the First Age war against Morgoth, a Vala. Also, Finrod almost beat Sauron in the First Age. And Huan, the hound that once belonged to Celebrimbor's uncle, did defeat Sauron.

"Great is the fall of Gondolin" (II. 185).

"Love not too greatly the works of thy hand." (Unfinished Tales, I don't know if this is the exact quote since it's from memory.)

Celebrimbor converses with Durin II? Well, the Dwarves aren't as long-lived as the Elves. I assume that Celebrimbor met and knew Durin II in the beginning of the Second Age and that it was Durin II who encouraged him to build a city outside of Moria. Durin II eventually dies, but he is reborn some time before the Fall of Eregion as Durin III with all of his original memories, as per the way of rebirth legend of Durin (RotK and HoME XII).

Sirion's pollution stems from what Ulmo said in UT. "Yet Doom is strong, and the shadow of the Enemy lengthens, and UI am diminished, until in Middle-earth I am become now no more than a secret whisper. The waters that run westward wither , and their springs are poisoned, and my power withdraws from the land" (UT 29). I suspect Sirion was still not so badly polluted when the Havens of Sirion existed because there was a Silmaril, and who knows what wonderful properties it has. Once that's gone and Morgoth has taken over most of Beleriand, I imagine the situation to get worse. The acid rain is just my addition to the worsening situation. Morgoth has often used such dark clouds, and perpetual dark clouds might well result in such acid rain even on the Isle of Balar.

Why's Celebrimbor on the Isle of Balar? Well, this story follows the belief that Morgoth eventually took over all of Beleriand. It's not stated in the Silmarillion but it's very prevalent in the annals (HoME V). If Celebrimbor lived to the Second Age, he has to be on that isle. He probably took one of those boats hidden in the reeds.

Starvation must be possible for Elves. Beleg was in bad shape after having been tormented and unfed for two days by the men of Turin's company.

Celebrimbor refers to the caves of Balar as the everlasting darkness. Well, there's no light in those tunnels, and the Feanorian Oath says "to the everlasting Darkness doom us if our deed faileth" (X. 112). As Celebrimbor noted, Morgoth has the Silmarils, not the Feanorians. And though Celebrimbor was too young to swear the Feanorian Oath, the Oath states "Feanor and Feanor's kin" (X. 112), not "Feanor's sons." Celebrimbor is damned by the Oath as Feanor's grandson.

"Mandos foretold that the fates of Arda, earth, sea, and air, lay locked within them [the Silmarils]" (S. 73).

Telperinquar is Celebrimbor's Quenya name (Silmarillion).

The Feanorian lamp is described in UT upon Tuor's arrival to Gondolin.

Maedhros eventually finds Celebrimbor? Well, this is still following the belief that everyone ends up on the Isle of Balar because Morgoth takes over all of Beleriand. Maedhros and Maglor flee there in FA 547 (V. 157).

The First Age doesn't end until FA 590. I don't have the exact date on-hand for when the hosts of Valinor began their war against Morgoth, but there's still a gap of about 25-30 years between when the last survivors flee to the Isle of Balar and when they're rescued. Again, one must take Tolkien's timeline into consideration and imagine freely from there. Why does Maedhros get to be the savior of the people of Balar? Well, yes, one reason is because I like Maedhros, but I also believe that in such a situation, some strict system has to be established, and Maedhros has a more militaristic mindset than others. No offense to Cirdan, but he's a generous person, not the kind to enforce militaristic rationing of food. And Gil-galad is only 150 years old at most, not yet the king he will become.

Elros and Elrond are the ones working on the gardens because we know Elrond's a healer later and undoubtedly knows much herblore. Yes, ridiculous as it may seem, they brought "clean" dirt with them. They'd undoubtedly seen the poisoning of the lands of Beleriand, and a little foresight goes a long way. It's reminiscent of Sam's box of dirt from Galadriel.

Cirdan is the only one safe at Sea because Osse carries out the Doom of the Valar and regularly wrecks ships of the Noldor. As Ulmo said, "For Osse obeys the will of Mandos, and he is wroth, being a servant of the Doom" (UT 29-30).

Maedhros refers to Gil-galad as "Ereinion" because, as you can guess, he hasn't acquired the name "Gil-galad" yet. He will though once people see his armor and shield of stars.

The salt crystal jewels are my invention and an extension of the sugar crystals in Paradise Lost.

Celebrimbor teaching Sauron how to make Rings of Power is another one of my things. Morgoth claimed to have taught Feanor how to make the Silmarils, but this is explicitly denied in the Silmarillion. It seems to me that Sauron can do the same thing and claim to be the teacher when he's not. Obviously Sauron's still very strong as a Maia. That's how he beat back the army of Eregion that attacked Mordor for ninety years. But if Feanor can make Silmarils that awe even the Valar, Celebrimbor can make Rings that can awe a Maia at least.

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Story Information

Author: Cirdan

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 1st Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/07/03

Original Post: 04/07/03

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