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Old 10-16-2017, 12:40 PM   #22
Aiwendil
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Join Date: Mar 2001
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Aiwendil has been trapped in the Barrow!
Apologies in advance for the length of this.

I am going to first present my synopses of both my text and Findegil's. I indicate here only the major sections, not noting smaller additions from other sources. The idea is just to have the basic structure of each text visible in a digestible form for comparison.

Findegil's text:

Quote:
MT2:
Valar begin labour on Arda; other Ainur go elsewhere
Valar labour without Melkor
Melkor seeks for Arda
Melkor finds Arda and desires to undo it

Ainulindale:
Melkor claims Arda; Manwe denies it
Strife between Melkor and Valar
First war between Valar and Melkor
Tulkas comes to aid of Valar

MT2:
Melkor driven out into Void outside Arda

Ainulindale:
Valar take shape and hue
Valar bring order to seas, lands, mountains; Yavanna plants seeds

LQ:
Earth is dark

Ainulindale:
Valar make Lamps
Plants and beasts grow
Home of Valar on Isle of Almaren

AAm:
Valar hold feast and Melkor returns
Melkor delves Utumno

Ainulindale:
Corruption of plants and animals

MT2
Valar become aware of corruption and seek for Melkor

Ainulindale:
Melkor reveals himself and takes physical form

AAm:
Melkor comes suddenly forth to war and strikes the first blow
Melkor destroys Lamps
Shape and symmetry of Arda marred

LQ:
Valar cannot overcome Melkor because his strength has increased and he has servants

AAm:
Melkor escapes to Utumno ere Tulkas can overtake him
Valar cannot overcome Melkor because they must restrain tumults of the earth

LQ:
Melkor escapes from the wrath of the Valar and had already built Utumno
Melkor builds Angband

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AAm:
Dwelling on Almaren utterly destroyed

LQ:
Valar depart into west and build Valinor

LT:
Valar find a wide land beyond Avathar
Valar raise mountains

LQ:
Valar gather light and fair things

LT:
Valar gather materials in Valinor
Valar gather light in great cauldrons
Building of Valinor and descriptions of dwellings

AAm:
After Valinor was built, Valar had built Valimar
Yavanna sings at Green Mound

LQ:
Two Trees come forth

LT:
Telperion grows
Laurelin grows

AAm:
Two Trees put forth light

LT:
Valar name the trees Laurelin and Silpion

LQ:
Names of the Trees
Waxing and waning of the Trees; reckoning of hours

LT:
Yavanna tells the Valar about waxing and waning of Trees
Yavanna instructs them to gather the light from the Trees in cauldrons and water them thence
Valar appoint Arie and Silmo to water Trees

LQ:
Varda lets hoard the light from the Trees in great wells

AAm:
Maiar draw light from wells and bring it to frith and field

MT 2
Varda had retained some of the Primeval Light
Varda uses this Light to water Trees (editorial addition?)

AAm:
Valinor becomes more beautiful than Middle-earth in the Spring of Arda
Valar are joyful and leave Middle-earth in twilight

Ainulindale:
Melkor walks abroad in Middle-earth
Valar dwell in bliss in Valinor and seldom come to Middle-earth

MT
Valar go to Valinor more often and stay longer
Valar are driven out of Middle-earth by Melkor and his servants

Ainulindale:
Locations of Aule’s, Manwe’s, Ulmo’s dwellings; account of their activities as well as Varda’s, Yavanna’s, and Orome’s
Aiwendil's text:

Quote:
AAm:
After ages of labour, Valar enter Arda
Valar labour in Arda
Melkor claims kingship and causes strife

Ainulindale:
Tulkas comes to aid of Valar
Melkor flees and broods in the outer darkness

LQ:
Earth is dark
Valar make lamps

Ainulindale:
Plants and beasts grow
Home of Valar on Isle of Almaren

AAm:
Valar hold feast and Melkor returns
Melkor delves Utumno

Ainulindale:
Corruption of plants and animals

AAm:
Valar perceive corruption and seek for Melkor’s hiding place
Melkor comes suddenly forth to war and strikes the first blow
Melkor destroys Lamps
Shape and symmetry of Arda marred
Melkor escapes to Utumno ere Tulkas can overtake him
Valar cannot overcome Melkor because they must restrain tumults of the earth
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Dwelling on Almaren utterly destroyed
Valar go west to Aman

LT:
Valar find a wide land beyond Avathar
Valar raise mountains
Valar gather materials in Valinor

AAm:
Aule builds mansions of the Valar
Valar gather great store of light and fair things
Valinor becomes more beautiful than Middle-earth in the Spring of Arda
Valar are joyful and leave Middle-earth in twilight
After Valinor was built, Valar build Valimar
Yavanna sings at Green Mound

LQ:
Trees grow
Names of the Trees

AAm:
Varda gathers light from Trees and stores it in great vats
Maiar draw light from wells and bring it to frith and field

LQ:
Waxing and waning of the Trees; reckoning of hours

AAm:
Reckoning of time/years

Ainulindale:
Melkor walks abroad in Middle-earth
Valar dwell in bliss in Valinor and seldom come to Middle-earth

Ainulindale: with LT additions:
Description of Valar’s dwellings and activities

Ainulindale:
Gift of Eru to Men
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