Ainulindalë is the first story of fantasy work ‘The Silmarillion’ by J. R. R. Tolkien. From Wikipedia:
Ainulindalë recounts the creation of Arda by creator deity Eru Ilúvatar. The text begins with describing the creation of the Ainur, described as “children of Ilúvatar’s thought”. The Ainur were taught the art of music, which becomes the subject of their immortal lives. The Ainu sang alone or together in small groups about themes given to each by Ilúvatar, who proposes a “great” plan to all of the Ainur: a collaborative symphony, where they would sing together in harmony. The Ainur are embodiments of Ilúvatar’s thoughts, but are expected to use their freedom to assist the development of the “great” plan.
If that sounds a little thick, it’s because it is. I personally couldn’t stomach it. A deliciously stony concept, but just way too many names to keep track of.
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