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04/21/18 10:08 pm
Beautiful weather again today :) although thunderstorms forecast soon - I am waiting up for it, I love a good storm. How is everyone's weekend so far?
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Lyonesse by Glorfindel

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Thank you to my beta Keiliss - you did a wonderful job and made the story even more wonderful with your suggestions.

Thank you to my artist Ardisia, who did the artwork for the title page - your artwork is as wonderful as you are! I am still excited about it :)


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Back to the sunset bound of Lyonesse –
A land of old upheaven from the abyss
By fire, to sink into the abyss again;
Where fragments of forgotten peoples dwelt,
And the long mountains ended in a coast
Of ever-shifting sand, and far away
The phantom circle of a moaning sea.


Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson








When Tolkien published the Hobbit, Maglor was curious. The day he saw Lord of the Rings in a bookshop he was more than curious, indeed, he wanted to know how a human had such knowledge. He wrote a polite letter to the Professor himself, congratulating him and respectfully enquiring how he came to write such a magnificent epic. The reply was modest. Tolkien thanked Maglor for his enthusiasm and wrote that his inspiration came from various ancient legends and mythologies, and walking in the countryside near his childhood home in Sarehole, Birmingham. That made sense to Maglor; he had read many of the legends contained within the European and Near Eastern mythologies, and he viewed them as bastardisations of the histories of Middle-earth; however, that did not explain how Tolkien was one-hundred percent accurate.



Nothing remains the same and truth is always diluted. Oral tradition is fallible, and affected by the culture, beliefs, politics, and circumstances of those who would tell the tales of their ancestors. Maglor reflected that perhaps changing memories were a gift for the human race, just as perfect recall was a curse for the elves. In any case, it hardly mattered now. By the time the Silmarillion was published, Maglor already knew the contents would be accurate. When he read the book, he wondered if the research predated The Lord of the Rings, judging by the content of the book and the style of writing. When he found out for certain, he was not surprised; Tolkien would have completed the histories, even though it was left for his son to sort through the papers and cobble them into a book to be published after his father’s death.



In spite of the accuracy of Tolkien's works, Maglor could not help but wonder why one major event at the end of the Fourth Age was not mentioned: Lindon had sunk under the sea after the last ship left for Valinor, thus making return impossible for the elves who chose to stay behind. In mediaeval legend the sunken land of Lindon was known as Lyonesse - but only the elves knew it would one day rise again.
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