Hear me, Nienna of the Fëanturi and take pity in me for I suffer!
Mighty Valier, weep for me for I have wept all my tears and I now drown in them.
Sing for me a lamentation and lift from my heart the weight of grief and loss.
Take me away from this isle of despair, princess of the West and give me your hope.
Fill this void in my chest, give my spirit new strength. Turn my sorrow into wisdom, so that I can see beyond this darkness.
Teach me the worth of endurance for naught is evil alone and aught that seems a calamity is in fact but an instrument foreseen by Ilúvatar in his Music for the achievement of wondrous things.
“and he spoke to them, propounding to them themes of music; and they sang before him, and he was glad”
It is said that in the making of Arda he endeavoured to draw Ossë to his allegiance, promising to him all the realm and power of Ulmo, if he would serve him. So it was that long ago there arose great tumults in the sea that wrought ruin to the lands. But Uinen, at the prayer of Aulë, restrained Ossë and brought him before Ulmo; and he was pardoned and returned to his allegiance, to which he has remained f a i t h f u l.
Right, so cocktail recipes were a suggestion for the SIlmarillion Readalong, and so I’m gonna do one! I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading these two chapters again - the language is really lyrical, and the creation story of the world is beautiful. When the Ainur looked at Arda, “their hearts rejoiced in light, and their eyes beholding many colours were filled with gladness.” So naturally, I had to make a glowing cocktail. I also wanted flowers, to represent creation, and some darkness creeping in from Melkor’s involvement.
(Note - Tonic Water contains quinine, a molecule whose shape makes it flouresce under UV light. So, you’ll want to get a UV lightbulb to truly appreciate this drink. Also, chill all your ingredients, because you won’t be adding ice. We need to avoid anything that will dilute the tonic, which is why I’m using strong spirits and flavourings!)
AINULINDALE COCKTAIL (Serves 1)
1 shot gin
Half shot Elderflower Syrup
Squeeze of lemon
Blackcurrent Syrup or Ribena
Mix the elderflower syrup, lemon, and gin in a tumbler. Top with tonic water. Using a teaspoon, drip some black current syrup into the heart of your drink, to represent the discord of Melkor. Do not mix, just turn on the UV light, and enjoy in the midst of the innumerable stars.
Photo credit and inspiration: http://www.girllovesglam.com/2012/10/black-light-lemonade.html
The AratarManwë → Jason Momoa
Varda → Lupita Nyong'o
Ulmo → Mads Mikkelsen
Nienna → Rinko Kikuchi
Aulë → Manu Bennett
Yavanna → Julianne Moore
Mandos → Lee Byung-hun
Oromë → Ken Watanabe
Songs for the Ainur and the creation of Arda. [feat. soundtracks from Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Lord of the Rings, The Elder Scrolls, and more.] Listen on 8tracks.
The Great Music: to assist in the creation of Arda
01. i cried unto the lord with my voice // arkhangelsky … 02. a celtic blessing // david hamilton … 03. ascension // future world music … 04. et ecce terrae motus - gloria … 05. agni parthene // valaam brethren choir … 06. alleluia // eric whitacre … 07. vi // janacek … 08. blessed are they whom thou has chosen // lvovskiy … 09. celtic myst // sound adventure … 10. cherubic hymn 1 // tchaikovsky
It’s pretty hard to imagine the music of the Ainur but ‘Cloudbursting’, conducted by Eric Whitacre comes close for me.
The first part of the piece is quiet and gentle, with only one man singing before the rest of the choir starts picking up the harmony. “But for a long while they sang only each alone… then Iluvatar said to them: Of the theme that I have declared to you, I will now ye make in harmony together a Great Music.”
Then the choir sings together in amazing and complex harmonies, when about 2.30 when the lyrics start sounding a bit confused and darker until one woman speaks over the rest of the singers and then the harmonies picks up again, as if Iluvatar has corrected its course.
Then around the 5.30 minute mark (this is quite a long piece, but if you don’t want to listen to it all listen from about 5 to the end so that the difference can be heard) and rather than just the choral voices, the music explodes with bells and drums and I can almost hear Iluvatar say “Ea! Let these things be!”
Anyway, this has been my personal Music of the Ainur since I first heard it and I thought that I would share! Not sure if it is quite enough to fill a square on the Ainur Bingo card but I love it regardless.