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When the Voice of the One names the ruler of the Guardians of Arda, the decision results in dismay and discord by another who believes he should have been chosen. A re-interpretation of the Ainulindalë myth.
MEFA 2009: First Place - Races: Other Beings: General
Characters: Ainur, Melkor
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Word count: 654 Read: 1260
Published: December 01, 2008 Updated: December 01, 2008
Questions arising from "Ulmo's Wife" prompted this oddity of a follow-on. With a couple of sentences in that ficlet, I opened a heretical can of worms, something which I enjoy doing. For what it's worth, this is a fictionalized response which, if it doesn't precisely answer questions, might provide a backdrop for those lines. This is an alternate view of the beginnings of Arda (which Tolkien defined as our solar system), and once again, there's personification of the earth via the allusion to Gaia.
Although one might be inclined to label this "alternative universe," one must consider that the Ainulindalë may be viewed as a metaphor of a remote, incomprehensible time and place by most of the denizens of Middle-earth. Therefore, the myth that overlays that reality is open to interpretation, just as the creation stories of our world are. I will use this opportunity to direct the reader to Dawn Felagund's essay From Canon to AU: Defining Canon on a Continuum on The Heretic Loremaster.
"The Notion Club Papers" in The History of Middle-earth, vol IX, Sauron Defeated and "Myths Transformed" in The History of Middle-earth, vol X, Morgoth's Ring provided conceptual inspiration.