One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles.
- Name: Melkor (more commonly known as Morgoth)
- Immediate Family:
- Brother (“in the thought of Eru Ilúvatar”): Manwë
- Home: Angband
- Claim to fame: He was the first Dark Lord.
- Why I think he’s interesting: The greatest being ever created (his name means “he who arises in might”) is also the first one to turn against the Creator. You have to wonder–why?
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