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Narsilion

This article is about the lay mentioned in the Legendarium. For the real-world music band, see Narsilion (band).

Narsilion is the "Song of the Sun and Moon", telling of their creation: After the Two Trees of Valinor were poisoned, Manwë commanded Yavanna and Nienna to attempt to heal the Trees. Yavanna sang and Nienna wept, but to little avail until at last Telperion bore one silver flower and Laurelin a single golden fruit. These Yavanna took and gave to Aulë. Manwë hallowed them and Aulë and his people made vessels to hold them and preserve their radiance. Varda then took the vessels and gave them the power to traverse the lower regions of Ilmen.[1]

[edit] Inspiration

The song is known only with its name, briefly mentioned in The Silmarillion. Christopher Tolkien was unsure whether his father ever wrote any "Song of the Sun and Moon". While editing his father's works, he didn't find any excerpt with that title, and noted that if it ever existed, it had disappeared.[2]

[edit] Etymology

In Quenya, Narsil means "Sun and Moon", derived from Anar = "sun" and Isil = "moon", and the –ion suffix indicates the plural genitive. Thus in full Narsilion means "Of the Sun and the Moon".

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "III. The Quenta: [Section] 6"