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A dark, tragic, and poignant parody of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion and Lord of the Rings.


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Morlindalë
Song of Illuminate Darkness
Written by Michael Aquino
Morlindalë Song of Illuminate Darkness Written by Michael Aquino

For decades, Tolkien enthusiasts have chuckled at the Harvard Lampoon’s famous comic parody, Bored of the Rings. Here now is its benighted counterpart: Morlindalë—the Song of Illuminate Darkness.

Despite their central importance to his histories of Middle-earth, J.R.R. Tolkien’s most fearsome characters—Melkor, Sauron, and the Witch-King of Angmar—always remained remote and silent ... until now, when the One Ring of Sauron, rediscovered by the Baron of Rachane, Scotland, brings their persons, motives, and actions to light—or rather darkness—in the nine ancient scrolls of the Morlindalë.

Here, for the first time, readers will learn how and why the divine Valar brought the Elves under their dominion, first nourished and then annihilated the Atlantean empire of Númenor, and almost fell victim to the combined force of the Rings of Power conceived by the Maia, Sauron. Here, too, the spell by which the One Ring itself was created is revealed, along with its secret name, Ardagarneya: The Life of Earth, Blood, and Tears. Each scroll brings new revelations: the near-extinction of the Elves through the Silmarils, the origins of Ungoliant and Shelob, the fates of the Blue Wizards Alatar and Pallando, and Melkor’s immortal love Ulbandi, Valië of the Stars and Queen of Utumno. The long-distant bond between Gandalf and Sauron is yet another of the scrolls’ disclosures, bringing a tortured twist to what was previously known about these two enigmatic beings.

Nevertheless, throughout its narratives, the Morlindalë remains meticulously faithful to Tolkien’s histories of the First, Second, and Third Ages of Arda. It is thus that it is a “dark parody” of the original classics, merely giving a voice to the heretofore voiceless, hence for the reader an understanding of otherwise inexplicable events. The text and color illustrations are a precise facsimile of the original Tengwar scrolls as recovered from the nethermost regions of Sicily’s Mount Ætna (in antiquity Mordor’s Mount Doom).

For decades, Tolkien enthusiasts have chuckled at the Harvard Lampoon’s famous comic parody, Bored of the Rings. Here now is its benighted counterpart: Morlindalë—the Song of Illuminate Darkness.

Eager to see for yourself? The Morlindalë will be showcased at BookExpo America 2016 from May 11 to May 13 at McCormick Place, Chicago.
 
 
 
Morlindalë
Song of Illuminate Darkness
Written by Michael Aquino
Kindle | $15.00
Paperback | $35.00
Book copies are available at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and all leading online book retailers. Copies are also available at your local booksellers.
 
 
 
 
About the Author
 
The One Ring was awakened by Sauron the Maia in the Sammath Naur (“Chambers of Fire”) within Orodruin (“Mountain of Red Flame”) in Mordor in the year 1600 of the Second Age. Long thought to be unmade in the same mountain in 3019 of the Third Age, it was reawakened in 2003 of the Common Era by TolkienTown, whereupon it compelled the Baron of Rachane, Scotland to replicate nine ancient scrolls (the Morlindalë), which he then translated from the original Elvish Tengwar into human English, and annotated. The One, or in the Black Speech of Mordor Ash Nazg, has never been worn since.

About the Transcriber

The 13th Baron of Rachane continues the title originally granted by King James IV to the Earl of Argyll in 1509. Though the first several Barons of Rachane, located on the remote Rosneath Peninsula, fell victim to violent deaths from the Scottish wars with the invading Saxons (today’s Englishmen), the Barony today is an idyllic preserve of natural beauty and Scotland’s romantic heritage. It is also haunted by the lore and legends so prevalent throughout this magical region, and so is an unsurprising wellspring for the Morlindalë.

The Baron’s coat-of-arms, granted by Queen Elizabeth II’s personal representative the Lord Lyon King of Arms in 2006, are highlighted by the Great Bear constellation and the motto In Septemtrione Cresco: “I arise in the Seven Stars,” an incantation of immortality from ancient Egypt. The Baron holds the PhD from the University of California in the Colonies, and saw service as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Colonial Army, wherein he was one of its first Space Intelligence Officers at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado.

When at home in Rachane, he and the Baroness may usually be found haunting the Rosneath. Peninsula’s famous Knockderry House, an elegant modern successor to the ruins of the Rachane Castle. He is rumored to cast no reflection in a mirror.


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 Michael Aquino
 Morlindalë
 Lord Of The Rings
 J.R.R. Tolkien
 Fiction & High Fantasy


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