Earlier this year, I finished a roughly year-long adventure into The Silmarillion. My goal had been to make it more approachable, but I soon discovered that it’s a hard thing to do. There are so many people to keep track of, so many things happening, and so many reasons why everything is significant. Maybe now that I’ve summarized it once, I could go back and refine it, but it still would be quite the task. It’s more likely that I’d go back an analyze how it all ties together.
I have found, however, a quick explanation of the different creatures who live inside (and outside the confines of) of Middle-earth, including Eru (aka, Ilúvatar), the Ainur, and the more familiar peoples like Elves, Men, and Dwarves. (Hobbits, not so much, but that’s because they don’t have much explanation in the first place.)
So, without further ado, check out the short video below for the quick, simplified version.