2. End Notes and References
Questions arising from "Ulmo's Wife" prompted this oddity of a follow-on. With a couple of sentences in that ficlet, I opened a heretical can of worms, something which I enjoy doing. For what it's worth, this is a fictionalized response which, if it doesn't precisely answer questions, might provide a backdrop for those lines. This is an alternate view of the beginnings of Arda (which Tolkien defined as our solar system), and once again, there's personification of the earth via the allusion to Gaia.
Although one might be inclined to label this "alternative universe," one must consider that the Ainulindalë may be viewed as a metaphor of a remote, incomprehensible time and place by most of the denizens of Middle-earth. Therefore, the myth that overlays that reality is open to interpretation, just as the creation stories of our world are. I will use this opportunity to direct the reader to Dawn Felagund's essay From Canon to AU: Defining Canon on a Continuum on The Heretic Loremaster.
"The Notion Club Papers" in The History of Middle-earth, vol IX, Sauron Defeated and "Myths Transformed" in The History of Middle-earth, vol X, Morgoth's Ring provided conceptual inspiration. In particular, "The Notion Club Papers" represents one of JRRT's more overt forays into the genre of science fiction. Tolkien, or rather one of his protagonists — Michael Ramer — used the word Enkeladim to describe incorporeal beings which certainly seem reminiscent of the Valar. Similarly, Ellor Eshúrizel is a world -- separate from our own -- mentioned by Ramer in the NCP narrative. Mânawenûz is Manwë's "canonical" Valarin name. Here, I view the Maiar (the "Beautiful Ones" as JRRT called them) as servants to the Enkeladim but not quite the same race of beings, also an extrapolation from Tolkien's notes on the word fana in Parma Eldalamberon vol. 17, which indicates characteristics of the Valar and the Maiar that are distinct from one another.
The twelve Enkeladim mentioned are the Valar, excluding Tulkas and Nessa.
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