On this weeks episode we discuss the Ainulindalë and the Valaquenta, the first two short stories in The Silmarillion.

  • Is Ilúvatar just a really terrible dad?
  • Sexism, ableims, and heteronormivity all in one chapter!
  • Creation is created!…or whatever

For reference:


Here is some fabulous art of the Valar and here is a brief description:

  • Melkor – The Dark Enemy, Morgoth
  • Manwë – Lord of wind and air, King of the Valar
  • Ulmo – Sea King
  • Aulë – Master of crafts and earth and all that is underneath
  • Oromë – Lord of Forests
  • Mandos – Lord of Death and judgement
  • Lorien – Lord of Dreams and Visions
  • Tulkas – Lord of Strenth (and wrestling)
  • Varda – Lady of the Stars
  • Yavanna – Giver of Fruits
  • Nienna – Lady Mourning and Weeping
  • Estë – Lady of Healing and Rest
  • Vairë – the Weaver
  • Vana – the Ever Young
  • Nessa – …she likes to dance?

Here is some art of the Maiar, and some of the ones of note:

  • Mairon  – Aka Gorthaur the Cruel aka Sauron
  • Melian – We’ll get to know her a lot in the Silmarilion.
  • Curumo – Seen elsewhere as Saruman
  • Olorin – Seen elsewhere as Gandalf
  • Aiwindel – Seen elsewhere as Radagast


The Forest and the Trees Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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