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Myth, Milky Way, and the Mysteries of Tolkien's Morwinyon, Telumendil , and Anarríma

Myth, Milky Way, and the Mysteries of Tolkien's Morwinyon, Telumendil , and Anarríma Myth, Milky Way, and the Mysteries of Tolkien's Morwinyon, Telumendil, and Anarríma KRISTINE LARSEN s has been noted in numerous papers,1 Tolkien drew upon astronomical lore and fact in his crafting of the legendarium of Middle-earth. Examples include the use of meteoric iron in Túrin's sword Anglachel, descriptions of auroras and the motions of the Evening Star, the timing of the phases of the moon, and the numerous stars and constellations which were kindled by Varda to herald the coming of the Eldar. Many of these have been unambiguously identified with our primary world stars and constellations. For example, in the "Myths Transformed" essays, Tolkien discusses "the Valacirca or `Sickle of the Gods', which was one of the Eldarin names for the Plough" (Morgoth 387-8). The Plough is also known as Charles's Wain or simply the Wain in Europe, and the Big Dipper in America (Allen 428-31). The identity of other astronomical objects can be argued through an examination of literary and scientific evidence, for example, Borgil as Aldebaran (Larsen 2005). However, some objects have resisted an unambiguous identification to this day, among them the constellations Telumendil and Anarríma, which are included in the list of six constellations http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tolkien Studies West Virginia University Press

Myth, Milky Way, and the Mysteries of Tolkien's Morwinyon, Telumendil , and Anarríma

Tolkien Studies , Volume 7 (1) – Aug 25, 2010

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Myth, Milky Way, and the Mysteries of Tolkien's Morwinyon, Telumendil, and Anarríma KRISTINE LARSEN s has been noted in numerous papers,1 Tolkien drew upon astronomical lore and fact in his crafting of the legendarium of Middle-earth. Examples include the use of meteoric iron in Túrin's sword Anglachel, descriptions of auroras and the motions of the Evening Star, the timing of the phases of the moon, and the numerous stars and constellations which were kindled by Varda to herald the coming of the Eldar. Many of these have been unambiguously identified with our primary world stars and constellations. For example, in the "Myths Transformed" essays, Tolkien discusses "the Valacirca or `Sickle of the Gods', which was one of the Eldarin names for the Plough" (Morgoth 387-8). The Plough is also known as Charles's Wain or simply the Wain in Europe, and the Big Dipper in America (Allen 428-31). The identity of other astronomical objects can be argued through an examination of literary and scientific evidence, for example, Borgil as Aldebaran (Larsen 2005). However, some objects have resisted an unambiguous identification to this day, among them the constellations Telumendil and Anarríma, which are included in the list of six constellations

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Published: Aug 25, 2010

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