Ainulindalë (Silmarillion Book Club, Week One)

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This week, as we begin our book club, we've been discussing the first part of The Silmarillion, "Ainulindalë: The Music of the Ainur".  It is in this chapter that we experience the creation of the world through the music of Eru Ilúvatar and the Ainur, the beginning of the unrest of Melkor, the descent of the Valar into the world, and the first battle of the Valar against Melkor. 

Ainulindalë, while only a few pages long, is one of the richest chapters of The Silmarillion. It's the kind of chapter people write entire books about, and I'm so excited to have been able to delve a bit deeper into it with you! 

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Discussion Questions:

  • How is Ainulindalë reminiscent of the creation story in Genesis or other creation myths?

  • Why do you think Arda was created through music? If you have read any of Tolkien’s other works, what significance does music play in his other writings?

  • What was the root of Melkor’s rebellion?

  • Why did Ilúvatarallow Melkor to carry out his theme? Why didn't he stop him?

  • Why do the Ainur love water so much?

  • How does is the inward state of each Valar represented in the raiment they clothe themselves in? How does Melkor's appearance differ from the rest?

  • How do the Valar feel about the Children of Ilúvatar?