On this week’s episode of So, You Want to Read Tolkien, Caitlin, Rachel, and Emmy discuss Chapters 12 and 13 of the Silmarillion.


Chapter 12

  • Manwë – Lord of the Valar
  • Ulmo – Valar of the Sea
  • Yavanna – Valar of fruits and growing things. The one who made the Trees.
  • Mandos – Valar in charge of the Halls of the Dead.
  • Morgoth – Big Bad.
  • Barahir – The first human mentioned in the book.
  • Beren – Son of Barahir.
  • Earendil – Briefly mentioned, going to be important later.
  • Elwing – See above.
  • Elrond – Son of Earendil and Elwing.

Chapter 13

  • A whole bunch of Noldor. See below for how everyone is related. THEY’RE ONLY HALF COUSINS.
  • House of Finwë – For reference, but also spoilers because it goes a couple generations farther than who we’ve met.
  • Thingol – King of the sindar living in Doriath behind Melian’s Girdle.
  • Melian – Thingol’s wife, a maiar, created the Girdle so evil forces would not be able to find Menegroth, their home in Doriath.
  • Gothmog – Lord of Balrogs.
  • Glaurung – BABY DRAGON.
  • Thorondor – Lord of Eagles.
  • Morgoth comes up again.


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