"Before the gates of Valamar Melkor abased himself at the feet of Manwë and sued for pardon, vowing that if he might be made only the least of the free people of Valinor he would aid the Valar in all their works […] then Manwë granted him pardon, and it seemed to Manwë that the evil of Melkor was cured."
Ah, family love is a powerful thing.
Drawn for the tolkienreadalong project, for the chapter Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor
The Silmarils or Silmarilli, also called the Jewels of Fëanor, were the gems crafted by Fëanor from some essence of the Two Trees of Valinor; Laurelin and Telperion, before the First Age. They were among the most prized of all the wonders crafted by the elves and were coveted by many. It was said that the fate of Arda was woven about the Silmarils.
“I don’t like to play a part that I have played before…Now here I am, back doing it specifically, that’s actually the same person. And it is a long commitment, and at my age I have to decide, ‘Do I really want to do this? Do I really want to go on this journey? Because if not, I can go on another journey.’ So there was a lot inside me saying, ‘No, no, no, what’s the point? I’ve done it. Am I going to enjoy it? Am I going to find anything new in it?’ And against that, what persuaded me was could I bear the thought of somebody else playing Gandalf? Because it’s easily done. You put anyone in the outfit and they look like Gandalf. Not that clever. And a friend who said, ‘Ian, just think of those fans,’ who I am always going on about. I meet these little people, these eight year olds who love Gandalf. They love him. Not me, him. And she said, ‘You have to do it for them, don’t you?’ And that cleared my mind totally, so yeah. I couldn’t actually face talking to an eight year old and explaining why I didn’t want to be Gandalf again. Because he wanted me to be." - Sir Ian McKellen (x)
VARDAwas a Valië, the wife of Manwë and Queen of the Valar. THURINGWETHILwas a Vampire servant of Sauron during the First Age. TAR-ANCALIMEwas the seventh ruler and first Ruling Queen of Númenor. GALADRIELwas a Noldo, a ringbearer and ruler of Lothlórien. NESSAwas a Valië and the wife of Tulkas and sister of Oromë.