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Of the Beginning of Days

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The Silmarillion chapters
  1. Ainulindalë
  2. Valaquenta
  3. Quenta Silmarillion
    1. Of the Beginning of Days
    2. Of Aulë and Yavanna
    3. Of the Coming of the Elves
    4. Of Thingol and Melian
    5. Of Eldamar
    6. Of Fëanor
    7. Of the Silmarils
    8. Of the Darkening of Valinor
    9. Of the Flight of the Noldor
    10. Of the Sindar
    11. Of the Sun and Moon
    12. Of Men
    13. Of the Return of the Noldor
    14. Of Beleriand and its Realms
    15. Of the Noldor in Beleriand
    16. Of Maeglin
    17. Of the Coming of Men
    18. Of the Ruin of Beleriand
    19. Of Beren and Lúthien
    20. Of the Fifth Battle
    21. Of Túrin Turambar
    22. Of the Ruin of Doriath
    23. Of the Fall of Gondolin
    24. Of the Voyage of Eärendil
  4. Akallabêth
  5. Of the Rings of Power

Of the Beginning of Days is the first chapter of the Quenta Silmarillion section within The Silmarillion.

[edit] Synopsis

Illuin, Lamp of the Valar by Ted Nasmith

Following the entrance of the Ainur as the Valar, Arda was still lifeless and had no distinct geographical features. The initial shape of Arda, chosen by the Valar, was of a symmetrical continent lit by two lamps: Illuin and Ormal; one in the continent's north, and one in the south. The lamps illuminated all the Earth and both lights mixed in the centre, in the Valar's dwelling: the isle Almaren in the middle of the Great Lake. However the lamps were destroyed by the vicious Melkor. The Spring of Arda ended and the world was again darkened, and the lamps' fall spoilt the perfect symmetry of Arda's surface. Two main continents were created that concern the story: Aman on the far West, and Middle-earth to the East, both separated by the Great Sea.

Following this, Melkor hid himself from the Valar in an enormous fortress he built in the north of Middle-earth: Utumno. He also surrounded himself with horrible beasts, many of them Maiar in the form of fell animals, known as Balrogs. Balrogs were to remain his most faithful servants and soldiers ever after.

The Valar then made for themselves a home at the utmost West, in Aman. The chapter concludes with the description of Valinor, the creation of the Two Trees and the roles of the Valar, similar to the Valaquenta.