Almaren as it might have been in the Beginning of Days.
As yet no flower had bloomed nor any bird had sung, for these things waited still their time in the bosom of Yavanna; but wealth there was of her imagining, and nowhere more rich than in the midmost parts of the Earth, where the light of both the Lamps met and blended. And there upon the Isle of Almaren in the Great Lake was the first dwelling of the Valar when all things were young, and new-made green was yet a marvel in the eyes of the makers; and they were long content. – The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion. Chapter I Of the Beginning of Days
In the overthrow of the mighty pillars lands were broken and seas arose in tumult; and when the lamps were spilled destroying flame was poured out over the Earth. And the shape of Arda and the symmetry of its waters and its lands was marred in that time, so that the first designs of the Valar were never after restored. – The Silmariilion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter I Of the Beginning of Days
Reader deep thought: Such a lot of drama just trying to throw the welcoming party for the Elves. Why didn’t the Valar just throw out the Maiar who had been corrupted by Melkor at the get go? Surely they were aware snitches were part of the Melkor issue. Would have saved everybody a lot of trouble if his eyes and ears in the Maiar community were disconnected, wouldn’t it? Continue reading →