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.