Saturday, May 7, 2016

#14 Moria

Moria, or Khazad-dum, is a Dwarven underground city beneath the Misty Mountains. For thousands of years, a thriving Dwarvish community had delved deep below the mountains seeking to build their lives there, to find treasure like Gold and Mithril. Mithril was only ever found and mined in Moria, no other Dwarven mountain held Mithril within. Moria was abandoned during the Third Age after Dwarves went too deep and awoke a Balrog of Morgoth. None dared take back the mountain in fear of the Balrog for centuries. Later there was an expedition led by Balin, Oin, and Ori to attempt to reclaim Moria. The Dwarves were successful in entering the mountain and rebuilding a home for many years, but then Orcs came to overthrow Moria. The main gates were overrun as countless Orcs flooded in and hall by hall took control of Moria. The last surviving Dwarves took shelter in one of the tombs and made their last stand as Orcs broke through the door like a hole in a dam. Moria was controlled by Orcs for many years, there were no more expeditions to retake the mountain. Later in the Third Age, The Fellowship of the Ring could not go over the mountain, so the only other option was to go through it, through Moria. Only a few in the Fellowship knew that Moria was overrun, but the other had still thought Dwarves controlled it. The Fellowship quickly realized Moria was not under Dwarven control and made their way to the Tomb, the same one that the Dwarves made their last stand. Like the Dwarves, The Fellowship had to make a stand in the Tomb, but held off the Orcs long enough for a short break to make a run for it. They fled to the center hall until the Balrog awoke, they then made their way to the Bridge of Khazad-dum. The Balrog caught up with The Fellowship by the time they got to the bridge, and there Gandalf made his last stand against the great demon while The Fellowship fled to exit. Gandalf and the Balrog fell as the bridge was destroyed and Gandalf, after a long battle, killed the Balrog and went to the Heavens. But he was sent back, his task was not complete and the Ring still survived, and so does Sauron, so Gandalf is to stay in Middle-Earth until the Ring is destroyed and The Free Peoples of Middle-Earth are saved. Later another expedition was led into Moria and finally drove the Orcs away and Moria was again under Dwarven Control.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

#13 Melkor

Melkor, later known predominantly as Morgoth, was the first Dark Lord and the primordial source of evil in Ea, the Universe. Melkor was created by Eru Iluvatar in the Timeless Halls, at the beginning of creation. Impatient with the emptiness of the Great Void outside the Timeless Halls and desiring to create things of his own, Melkor often went forth in to the Void in search of the Flame Imperishable. The Flame Imperishable is the Secret Fire of Arnor, made by the Ainur, a mysterious heavenly power in Arda. Originally the most powerful of the Ainur created by Eru Iluvatar, Melkor rebelled against his creator out of pride and sought to corrupt Arda. When the Valar entered into Arda and began to shape the new world, Melkor saw the Field of Arda and claimed it for his own. However, the other Valar took Manwe to be their lord. Manwe is Melkor's brother, not as powerful as Melkor himself but much more wise and full of knowledge. Bitter, Melkor set himself against the other Valar. Whenever the Valar worked to better the world Melkor disrupted their efforts. For a long while, Melkor fought alone against the might of the other Valar and Maiar of Arda, and he long held the upper hand. During this time, Arda was kept essentially shapeless, as Melkor ruined virtually every early work that the other Valar attempted to create. Fortunately for them, the mighty Valar Tulkas, a very strong and powerful being of the Vala, descended to Arda, and his strength tipped the balance in favor of the Valar. Melkor fled before him, and left Arda for a time. After Melkor left, Arda was created and born with life, marking the begining of the First Age. After committing many evils in the First Age, such as the theft of the Silmarils and the destruction of the Two Lamps, Melkor was defeated by the Host of Valinor in the War of the Wrath. Later Sauron took place or Melkor and became the next Dark Lord and made many attempts to take over Arda as Melkor did.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

#12 Witch-King of Angmar

The Witch-King on Angmar was the leader of the Nazgul, also referred to as the Ringwraiths, Black Riders, The Nine, or the Numbolg. The Nazgul were once great kings of men, men who were given rings of power by Sauron as a gift. These great kings did not know that the power of these rings were corrupt and that once they put the rings on, they were under Sauron's control. The Witch-King had a fortress in Angmar while his master Sauron was regaining his power. While his master was gone, the Witch-King had made an army in the mountains of Angmar and made an attempt to destroy Middle-Earth in the name of his master. He was very close to conquering Middle-Earth, but the Elves and Men had made one last attempt to defeat the Witch-King and gathered all of their armies to the gates of Angmar itself. The Witch-King was driven back to the spirit world and Angmar was no more. Later in the Third Age the Nine regained power and Sauron did and took forms again. They had no real role in The Hobbit as to the Battle of the Five Armies, but they did have a small battle with the White Council, Saruman the White, Gandalf the Grey, Elrond of Rivendell, and Lady Galadriel of Lothlorien. Sauron lost the battle and fled with the Nine to Mordor where he will start rebuilding his fortress and start to make a deal with Saruman. Many years after that event Sauron regained much power and did rebuild his fortress in Mordor and began to make an army that continuously attacked Gondor's borders. While Sauron was occupied with Gondor he had the Nine look for the ring, for it has called to him by Bilbo Baggins when he put on the ring saying goodbye before he left to Rivendell. The Nine went through all the Shire looking for Frodo, Bilbo's nephew whom he had given the ring to before leaving. Frodo evaded the Nine through the Shire and again in Bree when he met up with Aragorn and he made a trap for the Nine. Frodo was finally found at Weathertop when Aragorn was scouting ahead while the Hobbits slept. The Witch-King stabbed Frodo with a Morgal Blade, a blade of poison and corruption that will turn any into a Servant of the Nine if not cured. Aragorn then made the Nine flee by catching them on fire, soon after the Nine recovered and found Frodo before the River of Rivendell, where they were washed away by the powerful blasts of water that Elrond sent to save Frodo. The Nine then fled to Mordor to recover strength and to prepare their armies for war. After the event at the River, the Witch-King had special armor and weapons made for him and gathered forces at Minas Morgul. The Witch-King of Angmar made a full assault on Gondor and pushed them back to the great city of Minas Tirith. The Witch-King had broken the gates of Minas Tirith and stormed the city, about to claim it by getting to the final level of the city, the horns of Rohan called and he was sent to the front lines to confront them. He was then defeated and sent back to Mordor in a formless state until he could regain power. He then led one final attack at the gates of Mordor until Frodo had dropped the Ring into the Fires of Mount Doom and Sauron was officially defeated and the Nine's power was no more, as they died and could not return to the spirit world as formless beings, being banished to the Void along with Sauron. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

#11 Men of Rhun

Rhun is a realm that is just east of Mordor. Rhun is also known as The East and Eastlands in Westron tongue, it is the home and kingdom of the Easterlings in the second and third ages. Rhun was mainly composed of tribes but all served Sauron in the land of Mordor. Rhun is a name used for all the lands east of Rhovanion. There is a body of water between Rhovanion and Rhun called The Great Sea of Rhun. None in Middle-Earth know what lies to the east, for even Gandalf the Wizard has not ventured that far east. Aragorn is the only one to ever venture there once but for an unknown reason. The geography shows another sea farther inland called Sea of Helcar, and beyond the Red Mountains called Orocarni. Rhun was the domain of the Easterlings, men of darkness who followed the dark lord Sauron willingly. During the Third Age, the two blue Wizards ventured east to the realm of Rhun, most likely to destroy the evil there during the great battle of Middle-Earth. The Men of Rhun were defeated by Gondor in the Fourth Age under the rule of King Elessar and Eldarion, his son. King Elessar made peace with the Men of Rhun and let them stay in their kingdom, for the dark lord was no more. 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

#10 Uruk Hai

While Orcs were the main fighting force, later the Uruk Hai were made. The Uruk Hai are as tall as an Elf, slanted eyes, thick legs and large hands. These Uruks were armed with yew wooden bows and broad-bladed swords. The Uruks were both in Mordor and Isengard, those in Isengard had different, almost stronger gear then the ones in Mordor. The Uruks were first made by Sauron in the late Third Age. There were more Orcs then there were in Mordor, but in Isengard Uruks made up 95% of the army, the rest were Dunlendings, Man enemies of Rohan. There are hybrids of Orcs and Men that make Half-Orcs, but the Uruk Hai are much stronger. The Uruk Hai are suggested to be hybrids of Half-Orcs and Goblins. The Uruks first came around in the year TA 2475 when Sauron used them in battle for the first time to take Ithilien in Gondor. The Uruks destroyed the city of Osgiliath under the symbol of the Red Eye of Sauron. The Uruks then later were mass produced in Isengard for Saruman to make an army to destroy Rohan. One of the great battles of Middle-Earth took place at Helms Deep, a fortress that Rohan would fall back to as a last stand, where Sarumans army would over run Helms Deep and almost destroy Rohan. Rohan had split forces in the region, one was at Helms Deep, the other was out in the wilderness. Just as the Uruks were about to break into the main hall of Helms Deep, the remaining soldiers inside the keep rode out on horses to meet the other army who had arrived just in time to save the keep. The Uruks were driven back to a forest east of Helms Deep that wasn't there before the battle. The forest was completely made of Ents who had traveled far to also help at Helms Deep. The Ents also had a split group, the others went to Isengard to finish Saruman once and for all. The Uruks in Mordor were all destroyed at the battle for Minas Tirith and when the One Ring was destroyed.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

#9 Orcs

Orcs are tortured and mutated Men and Elves who serve the Dark Lord. The first Dark Lord they followed is Melkor, or Morgoth in English tongue, then later Sauron, the last Dark Lord. Sauron followed in Melor's footsteps and wanted to take over Middle-Earth, then spread his will to the rest of the world and have full domination. Melkor had two great underground fortresses called Utumno and Angband, where he formed thousands upon thousands of Orcs to launch an assault on Middle-Earth. Melkor knew that he needed more power if he wanted to overtake the Elves and Dwarves, so he set out to find the Silmarils. The Silmarils are three bright shining clear gems that were forged from the essence of the Two Trees of Valinor, the first trees, and it is said these gems hold great power. While Melkor set out the Silmarils, the Orcs went into hiding with no master to command them. After Melkor's return, many of his Orcs survived in deep caves, pits, chambers, and tunnels of Melkor's fortresses. The Orcs then multiplied and spread to northern Middle Earth in the first war of Middle-Earth. In the First Age Melkor was driven back and banished to the void, Sauron then took his place as the Dark Lord. In the Second Age Sauron build his fortress Barad-Dur in Mordor and began making his army. The Elves and Men took notice in Saurons plans and came together to march into Mordor and confront Sauron to destroy him. Sauron was then defeated that day but his spirit was in the One Ring and still lived. The Orcs fled into caves as they did before and waited for Saurons return. Later Sauron did return but not in the flesh, still inside the ring, and rebuilt his fortress and his armies. He then later was fully destroyed and the ring was thrown into the fires of Mount Doom and the orcs fled into the Dwarven fortresses. They were then almost driven to near extinction by Durin VII when he reclaimed Khazad-Dum. The remaining stayed in caves and are presumed to be extinct over time. 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

#8 Elves

The Elves were the first and eldest of the Children of Lluvatar and are considered to be the fairest and wisest race of Arda given sapience by him. Elves do not physically age or are subject to illness, however they can be slain by violence or extreme negative emotion. The Firstborn, Elder Children of Lluvatar, were conceived by Eru alone in the third theme of Ainulindale, they are the oldest and noblest of speaking races of Middle-Earth. Elves are tall beings with long light colored hair, some have darker colored but most are lighter. At first elves sang with grace and merriment without speech but later developed speech and spoke with words. The Elves lived in the forests of Middle-Earth, eating no meats and only ate plants. The Old Forest and Fangorn were the only two that Elves weren't found in. Rivendell and Lothlorien were both mentioned and visited in The Lord of the Rings, Mirkwood, or Greenwood the Great, before it was corrupt, was also mentioned and visited in The Hobbit. These three locations were the three main houses of Elves. Elves tended to stay in the northern parts of Middle-Earth unless war called them elsewhere. After the War of the Ring, Elves left Middle-Earth to the race of Men and went to the Grey Havens, a passage way to the Undying lands, heaven pretty much. Most Elves left Middle-Earth but some stayed at the Grey Havens, no history shows how long they were there in the fourth age but most believe the rest died of grief or sailed to the Undying lands themselves. 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

#7 Dwarves

Dwarves, also known as Khazad, Naugrim, and Gonnhirrim, were made by Aule after being impatient for the creation of the Children of Lluvatar, or Elves. Aule made the first Seven Fathers of the Dwarves in a secret hall under the mountains of Middle-Earth to teach his lore and crafts to the world. Aule however made a deal with the Lluvatar, in order for his creations to live and be free upon Middle-Earth, the 7 Fathers must be in a slumber and wait until the Elves came to be. A century after the Elves awakened, the 7 Fathers awoke and split into 7 clans going on different paths with each an army of Dwarves. Of these 7, only one name is know, Durin I, who was also called deathless. Each of the fathers built a great hall in their mountain and each begun to build an underground city. There are 3 major holds that were built in the first age, Belegost and Nogrod in the Blue Mountains, the Dwarves of those holds formed and alliance with the Noldar and fought alongside them in their wars. Durin I wandered into a vale in the Misty Mountains named Azanulbizar. In a still pool only he could see his own reflection in the water while non others could. He saw a Crown with the 7 stars of the 7 Fathers, he soon after made home there and called the lake Kheled-zaram and build a giant great hall called, Khazad-dum. The other great halls of the First-Age were lost in time and never to be found again. The Dwarves were later given great rings of power and overtime were corrupt and destroyed by Sauron's will. The Dwarves mostly died off in the great battles of the Third-Age and few lived to see the Fourth-Age. Dwarves in time began to disappear and became myths, their great halls lost by time  and destruction of the great wars, leaving Middle-Earth to the race of Men.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

#6 Hobbits

Hobbits are a peaceful race, mostly living in western parts of Middle-Earth such as The Shire and Bree. Hobbits are half the size of  Men and Elves and are about the size of Dwarves. An average Hobbit lifespan is about 130 years, a 50 year old Hobbit would be regarded as middle-age. Hobbits were unadventurous, simple life of farming, eating and socializing. They are not so peaceful when their homes are in danger, they will come together and overcome the evil that endangers their land. Hobbits enjoy an average of 6 meals a day, they would eat foods such as cake, bread, meat, taters, ale and tea. Hobbits tend to give away gifts on birthdays, instead of receiving them, although this custom was not universally followed among other Hobbit cultures or communities. Some Hobbits live in "Hobbit-holes" or Smials, traditional underground homes found in hillsides, downs, and river banks. Like all Hobbit architecture, they are notable for their round doors and windows. Hobbits had a distinct calendar, every year started with a Saturday and ended on a Friday, with each of the twelve months consisting of thirty days. Some special days did not belong to any month, Yule 1 and 2, the Hobbits new years eve and day.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

#5 Gondor

Gondor is located east of Rohan and just west of Mordor. Gondor is described at the greatest realm of Men in the west of Middle-Earth by the end of the third age. Gondor was founded by Isildur and Anarion, exiles from the downfall of Numenor. Along with Arnor in the north, Gondor served as a last stronghold of the Men of the West. Gondor gradually declined growth in the Third Age as there was internal strife and conflict with the forces of Sauron. After Sauron's defeat and the crowning of Aragorn Gondor was restored to its former glory and became the greatest city of men. Before Gondor was founded it was colonized by many Numenoreans in the Second Age. After the two sons, Isildur and Anarion, landed after the downfall of Numenor they were welcomed by the colonists and lordship was accepted. Sauron wanted to try and kill off the colonists before they gained power and became Gondor. He launched an assault on Osgiliath, a city along the river separating Gondor and Mordor, but failed as Anarion was able to hold off the attack. Soon after the Men and Elves formed an alliance and went to Mordor to fight off Sauron and destroy him once and for all. After the battle was won Isildur killed Sauron and had the One Ring, all he had to do now was destroy it. By the time he got to Mount Doom Sauron's spirit was still in the ring and corrupt Isildur's mind and stopped him from destroying the ring. Soon after leaving Mordor returning to Gondor, Isildur was shot by Orcs trying to get the ring back but it had fallen into the River and was never seen again. Until one Hobbit was fishing in that very River and got pulled in and found a golden ring in the sand.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

#4 Rohan

Rohan is a grassland that lies north-west of Gondor and Mordor. This realm is inhabited by the Rohirrim, a people of herdsmen and farmers who are known for their cavalry. Rohirrim is Sinfarin for People of the Horse-Lords. Rohan is also referred to as Riddermark or the Mark. The countryside of Rohan is a land of pastures with a lush tall grassland. Rohan's climate brings hot summers and brisk short winters, being near the center of Middle-Earth, the winds and air masses can come from almost any direction and the weather is highly variable in season. The capital of Rohan is the hill fort of Edoras which is on a hill in the valley of the White Mountains. The city of Edoras was built by Rohan's second King, Brego son of Eorl the Young. The city is protected by a high wall of timber, and a one-way road into the city. Rohan plays a big role in The Lord of the Rings as does its people.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

#3 Numenor

Numenor is a great island in the western sea made by the Valar, creators or gods, and gave it to the Edain, also known as Atanatari or Fathers of Men. Numenor was the kingdom of the Dunedain, Men descended from Numenoreans, the first Men, located between Middle-Earth and Aman, home to the Valar. The Dunedain were led to it by the star of Earendil, a great seafaring Man who carries a star across the sky. At the center of the island there was the mountain Meneltarma, Pillar of the Heavens, which the Dunedain used as a temple to lluvatar, supreme deity of Arda, earth, and the single creater, above the Valar. The largest city and capital of Numenor was Armenelos, also known as Armenelos the Golden or City of the Kings. Numenor had two rivers, Siril, began at Meneltarma and ended at a delta near the city of Nindamos, chief settlement of the fishermen of Numenor, and the Nunduine, which reached the sea in the Bay of Eldanna, westernmost and largest bay on Numenor, near the haven Eldalonde, also known as Eldalonde the Green, a seaport on the western coast of Numenor. Elros son of Earendil was the first king of Numenor, those under his rule and of his descendants rose to become a powerful race. in the year SA 600 of the second age the first ships sailed from Numenor to Middle-Earth. After sailing away, the Valar made Numenor invisible for it was forbidden for Men to come upon the Undying Lands, a realm inhabited by Ainur, Holy ones, and Elves. Numenor was soon lost and those who were left after the great wars went east to Middle-Earth and formed Gondor and Rohan. Those who did not follow to those realms went into the wilderness and became the Dunedain, hunters in the northern forests and protectors of the Free peoples, who later helped in the fight of the War of the Ring.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

#2 The good forces of Middle-Earth

Although there are many evils that corrupt Middle-Earth, there is also some good in this world. There are 7 main races that consist of the Free Peoples of Middle-Earth, the Elves, Dwarves, Eagles, Ents, Hobbits, Huorns, and Men. The Elves and Dwarves were the first races to live on Middle-Earth, their creators had an argument over who should be the first race on this world. The Elves came first then soon after the Dwarves, the conflict of the creators made the two hate each other, so the two races therefore also hated each other. The Elves loved starlight and being in the woods, creating music and being the holders of knowledge, therefore being very wise. They were tall and had long hair, with ears pointed up at the top, and were great archers. The Dwarves were small, bearded and were very aggressive. They lived in the mountains of Middle-Earth and mined riches that the world has deep within the earth. They sculpt great cities inside the mountains and rarely come out but to trade and guard their homes. The Eagles are giant and very intelligent, they also play a roles in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. They are seen as their own race and not like animals, they are greatly respected by all races of the Free Peoples. Ents are giant tall trees that can learn to speak and walk, they play a big role in The Lord of the Rings along with the Huorns at The Battle of Helps Deep. Huorns are like Ents but do not have the ability to speak and can only move around. Hobbits are a peaceful race, small in size but very friendly. They tend to their own and don't want anything to do with the outside world, only a very few look for adventure outside the Shire. Hobbits love things that grow and have gardens outside their houses, and great fields of farmland. And finally the race of men, they have towns here and there around Middle-Earth but the majority of them are split into two realms, Gondor and Rohan. Gondor is a realm of green and closest to Mordor, the only thing standing between them is a River. Rohan is west of Gondor and has more of a rocky/grassy type of realm, they are also called "Horse Masters". They have many horses in that land and use them as a main fighting force. The Free Peoples have their differences and tend to themselves but in the time of war they will come together and unite to drive evil back to the void.

Friday, January 8, 2016

#1 The Evil Forces of Middle-Earth

Many forces of evil live in the lands of Middle-Earth. Ranging from beasts to animals, corrupt hearts of men, and mutated Orcs. The Orcs are the main fighting force of Mordor, Sauron's corrupt land, the great dark lord of the void. Some beasts in Mordor are Trolls and Giant Spiders, the Trolls are more easy to control then the Spiders. Also known as The Webs, the Giant Spiders are spawn of a dark spirit named Ungoliant who was in the form of a spider. After the Silmarillion, Ungoliant was sent to the void and had many offspring before she was sent away. The offspring were giant, car sized spiders that mainly lived in Mirkwood and had the ability to speak. One named Shelob, lived in the mountains of Mordor. Shelob was special and did not have the ability to speak like the others. Shelob was not a friend to Sauron but still was not removed, he kept her there so she could keep out invaders trying to enter Mordor through the mountains.