Every year around this time since the trilogy aired, I would take out my DVDs and play from the first installment to the last one, Lord of the Rings. I love LOTR, the heroic quest to save the world, the unique world building of Tolkien’s universe. It is with great pleasure to learn Peter Jackson will be continuing his vision by producing the Hobbits. I hope he’ll explore the world of the Eldars and their days in Middle Earth.The storyline, I imagined, will be about Bilbo Baggins and his buddies, the Dwarves, who’ll more than likely play a prominent role in the new movie as compared to the LOTR trilogy. The Dwarves were actually the firstborn, made by the Aule, an Ainur. Not by their by their god, Iluvatar. Iluvatar adopts the Dwarves as another species, however, he insisted that Aule put them back in the earth, asleep, to be woken after his creation of the true firstborn is made. They were the Elves.
I found it fascinating reading the Silmarillion. The book is complex, difficult reading with layers and layers of information about Iluvatar, the Ainur, which I relate to as Angels, the creation of Ardar, and the beginning of good and evil. Melkor, the mentor to Sauron, was a kind of a Lucifer in Christian religion. Melkor was taken task for the wars he created in Middle Earth. Eventually, Manwe, the Lord of the Valar chained him in the void.
Just think on the relationship between Elrond and Aragorn. Technically and with thousands of years removed, Elrond is Aragorn’s uncle even as they exist side by side. Elros, Elrond’s half-elven twin brother chooses the mortal life, an option given to them by the Valar. He becomes the first king of Numenor. Aragorn is a descendent of Elros through the line of Elendil. Arwen, therefore, would be Aragorn first cousin. She would’ve known her uncle, Elros.
This is fascinating stuff, Tolkien’s worldview. I am re-treading over old ground and reading new text, I haven’t yet covered in the Silmarillion. Although the Hobbit story is less of an interest to me, I’ll probably read the book, getting prepared to enjoy the fruit of Peter Jackson’s vision.