Book 1 - Chapter 1: The harvest of Yavanna and the founding of Nost Giliath



The harvest of Yavanna and the founding of Nost Giliath

 

After the battle of the Lammoth, Elder Faenwe, who most of all had no connection to battle or war, ventured onwards through the lands of Beleriand, until he found peace in the green lands of Ossiriand, where the lavain ran free and the seven rivers nurtured the land with life. Here Faenwe found trees that held memories of the early days, before the lavain ran at all. He walked until he reached the riverbed, which was colored pitch-black in the night that had come to cloak the lands, but within that pitch-black water were stars, reflected from the ether above. And there Faenwe reflected upon its very existence, and he had a vision. And so, he sang. Beautiful was his voice, and he sang of the stars and the moon, Elbereth and her beauty, which he too could not describe, but in song it was, beauty as beauty should be. And while he sang, the wind that flowed through the trees, whispered to him ‘Giliathmar’, which would be the home of Nost Giliath, the House of Stars. Then, on the border of Ossiriand, he started building, together with the small company of Ñoldorian exiles who had pledged themselves to Faenwe for they would not be separated from his voice and his music. The land was fertile and would soon reward the Ñoldorians with fresh fruits, and they would sing together songs for Yavanna and they were thankful and pleased. Time would pass and Giliathmar would stand tall. It was a structure shaped like a star, but with beautiful white towers, amidst it all was a hall, and its ceiling seemed to blend into the ether and the stars would be seen from within. The Giliathrim, finally had a home, and they were pleased, for Faenwe their elder sang every morning and every evening, to give way to night and day. Peace endured, and many still wonder if it was the music of Faenwe that kept evil manifestations away. And so, they would live on, throughout the first few hundred years of the First Age, Then, when Gondolin fell, the children of FaenweBelegringMalfinnor, and TinnorielTinwendiel, and Malwion, exiles of Gondolin, fled to Ossiriand, where on the border they would meet with the Giliathrim, and so Faenwe eldest of the Giliathrim bloodline (at least eldest known), took in his children, and in Giliathmar they lived then, together in harmony, save Húlon, half-brother of Belegring, who’s mother is not known by name, he had taken a different path after the fall of Gondolin, a rather vengeful path. Together with Gondothrim warriors, he formed a warband, and they would venture through the lands, and expulse servants of Morgoth that hid in the mountains and the forests, laying waste to the fruits of Yavanna.

 

The Giliathrim would continue their life at Giliathmar and the borderlands of Ossiriand, until the War of Wrath started, which lasted for over 40 years, and even the borderlands of Ossiriand where in peril, and so the Giliathrim took up arms, alongside the Great Host of the Valar who had arrived on behalf of the plea of Eärendil, the mariner. And when Morgoth unleashed his final weapon, the winged dragons, it was Eärendil who slew Ancalagon, as he rode Vingilot into battle, alongside the eagles and the Valar. The dragon was cast down upon Thangorodrim, which destroyed Beleriand, and Belegaer opened its mouth and swallowed the lands, breaking Middle Earth from Beleriand and exactly at the borderlands of Ossiriand the land broke and formed the new shore of middle earth, east of Ered LuinGiliathmar drowned in the great ocean. Morgoth tried to flee, but was caught, and with Angainor they bound him, and his crown was cast as a collar around his neck, and in his bounds, they cast him into the Timeless Void, back to where he came from, that, which existed before Arda and before Morgoth’s wrath and ruin.

 

Shortly after the War of Wrath came to an end, Faenwe disbanded the Giliathrim, and he sang a final song, Lind-Giliath, in which he sang of Melkor, not Morgoth and how the ocean opened up and swallowed the land. Faenwe left behind all of Nost Giliath, which would soon be dispersed, leaving it into the hands of Belegring. Alike Faenwe, many of the Giliathrim would eventually leave, but rather they traverse Belegaer, leaving behind the children of Faenwe. And so, the Giliathrim passed into legend, never to be heard of, or spoken of, unless you’d visit an intimate meeting of High Elves, who had not yet departed Middle-Earth. And so, ends the first rule of Nost Giliath, by Faenwe, who had now passed on the rule to Belegring. The first age of Middle-Earth was over, the Second Age had begun.

 

6.384 years later, at the dawn of the Third age, more specifically during its 2943th year, Belegring had heard tidings in secret meetings, of a Necromancer who was expulsed from an abandoned fortress in Mirkwood. Belegring then traveled through Middle-Earth to obtain council from Faenwe, who sang to him a song about fire, and implied that it was time to reform the Giliathrim and bring back Nost Giliath. To do so, Belegring was given the task to find 4 capable captains who would lead the Giliathrim when the time comes. And so he did, first to answer was Faollann, a most exceptional markswoman, who would lead the Giliathrim marksmen and markswomen, Glorelliel and Runalinn, captains who would rather have their light of the Valar fade, than forsake their honor, and Thaurturiel, who alike Faenwe had the gift of music, and she would inspire the Giliathrim. These were the four captains that colored the reforming of Nost Giliath. During their initiation ceremony, Seregrian, the Blood-Queen, head of house Bar-en-Acharn, was present, after several encounters, the two houses would form an alliance, and ever since have been closely connected. Soon, another initiation ceremony will take place, and all newly enlisted recruits will undergo their oath to Nost Giliath, and become one of the Giliathrim.