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January 05, 2005

The astronomy of Middle Earth

The Astronomy of Middle Earth and Teaching Through Tolkien are... just... awesome.

Not only did various cultures around the world invent their own constellations, but they also had superstitions and/or explanations for the origin of the phases of the moon. Middle-earth is no exception. Tilion is said to be the driver of the Moon, while beautiful Arien is the driver of the Sun. Tilion was “moonstruck” by Arien (pun intended) and because of his love for her did not follow the driving instructions he was given by the Valar:

“But Tilion was wayward and uncertain in speed, and held not to his appointed path; and he sought to come near to Arien, being drawn by her splendour, though the flame of Anar scorched him, and the island of the Moon was darkened.” [The Silmarillion: 112]

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 5, 2005 06:23 AM

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