The five parts were initially separate works, but it was the elder Tolkien's express wish that they be published together. The inside title page contains an inscription written in Tengwar.In the common script, it reads "The tales of the First Age when Morgoth dwelt in Middle-earth and the Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils to which are appended the downfall of Númenor and the history of the Rings of Power and the Third Age in which these tales come to their end." ), also called Ilúvatar ("Father of All"), first created the Ainur, a group of eternal spirits or demiurges, called "the offspring of his thought".Many Ainur descended, taking physical form and becoming bound to that world.The greater Ainur became known as the Valar, while the lesser Ainur were called the Maiar.
The vision disappeared after a while, and Ilúvatar offered the Ainur a chance to enter into Arda and govern over the new world.
Some Ainur joined him, while others continued to follow Ilúvatar, causing discord in the music.
This happened thrice, with Eru Ilúvatar successfully overpowering his rebellious subordinate with a new theme each time.
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