SilmFilm 02-20 – Script Outlines Continued

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Sauron is still thinking he’s doing the right thing…Melkor is gone now

  • He would draw them in and teach them many things as allied servants
  • He might not approach them with love, as much as awe
  • Episode 5 is the Balrog-led Elf hunt for sport
    • Sauron would see this as a waste of resources…he wants to dominate the wills of others but he wants underlings.
    • He would want to convince them to serve him, so he’d show how much awesome stuff they could learn
    • Uinen and Ossë’s intervention in the hunt
      • Uinen and Olwë become friends
        • She will seriously wreck stuff when Olwë dies
      • Círdan and Ossë
      • Parallels with her relationship with the Númenóreans
      • Water crossings are a hazard for the ringwraiths and the Balrogs b/c of Ossë and Uinen
    • Ulmo gives dreams to Lenwë, Olwë and Círdan
      • The Ents are west…”your destiny lies in the West” (Lenwë)
      • Intercutting dream sequence could be a powerful foreshadowing tool
        • Olwë – swan/Swan ships echoed when burning, when arriving in Alqualondë…with Elwing
        • Olwë’s purpose is the swan…thwarted by the Noldor
        • Círdan – one image could be a flock of gulls on the sea by the shore (similar to Tol Eressea), or his hands release a bird following the rainbow road to Valinor
        • Parallels Arwen reconciling her friend’s choice – Olwë had a purpose in Valinor, Círdan did not
      • The tragedy then happens when at the end of the season, Melkor comes back and sees Sauron’s elves
        • Melkor transforms them into orcs b/c he’s so mad when he returns
          • His despising of the Elves is reflected in his transformation
        • Sauron could be wanting to enhance them (better anti-Balrog troops) so some of that could still be under way
        • Tevildo might see them as beasts, as opposed to Ainur, so torturing them might not seem like a big deal.
          • Sauron could catch Tevildo torturing an Elf and gets him to stop
          • This could be the turning point for the elves – they see Sauron as a protector
        • Sauron is still mostly good – he’s only taken a questionable step towards an end that’s still good
          • The original divide with the Valar was whether to stay in Middle-earth and make it be the way it’s supposed to be, or to hide away in Valinor
          • In a sense, Melkor and Mairon are the ones who are bringing the Music of the Valar into being
        • The standing order that Sauron receives from Melkor is to be the Dark Rider in order to make the Elves think it’s Oromë
          • Melkor didn’t specify what to do after
            • Balrogs want to kill them – Sauron stops that from happening
            • Tevildo has to be allowed to do what he wants in order to gain his allegiance, so Tevildo is permitted to toy with them…if he has to lose a few to the cat in order to bring about the better end, then so be it
            • Elves are still a tool/”beast”
          • What kind of relationship does he have with Melkor?
            • Mairon = “unreliably evil”
              • The Lord of Gloaming

Episode 6:

  • Míriel’s family is Avari, so she is sundered from them
    • She is pregnant and feeling very alone…she had been wanting a child for a long time…but where’s Finwë?
    • Visions – Finwë doesn’t know about the prophecy/concerns, but Indis knows (they’ve talked about it)
      • Her visions are super positive during pregnancy, which makes her more compelled to pour herself/her energy into her baby
      • the negative vision doesn’t happen till birth
      • childbirth meets grief (she has lost her family)
      • motivation – Míriel: her baby :: Fëanor: Silmarils
      • Indis is the “Nerdanel” here – is this a healthy thing for you? (you can put too much of yourself in here)
        • Mortality isn’t a thing here, so we need something to tip off that she’s in some kind of perilous condition
      • Finwë may be known as a superlative architect
    • “Death scene”
      • Why?
        • She literally can’t even. She is exhausted. She cannot find healing for herself
        • She has visions of fire and death
        • She’s afraid she’s given birth to a supervillain and doesn’t want to look at what she’s done
        • It looks self-sacrifice but also a cop out
          • Post-partum depression
        • Elwë’s guys are set upon by werewolves, but Melian shows up and they’re dispelled and heals the injured
          • Being in Melian’s presence changes everyone positively (Gimli w/Galadriel – chivalric love) but difficult to convey
          • What better way of showing good than to show evil fleeing from her, they wouldn’t need convincing
            • She may even release their spirits
            • Draugluin would report that she killed them (his POV)
          • They’re running from them but they get to Melian’s “practice girdle”

Episode 7

  • Indis has inhibitions about marrying Finwë (best friend’s husband)
    • Elves don’t remarry – this is like a cultural taboo
      • Unconquerable passion is the only reason to defy a taboo
      • Perhaps this is Finwë’s thing – he wants more children
      • Indis is very queenly
      • There could be others that are uncomfortable/surprised at the idea
      • MAYBE Elves don’t remarry BC of this remarriage (it’s the only one recorded)
      • They might have to ask permission from the Valar to marry
        • Or Ingwë going to Manwë for consultation
        • Mandos will tell Ingwë that Míriel pledges never to come back so the choice is theirs
      • Forge scene…
        • Nerdanel carving a swan, while Fëanor is working in the forge, and then it cuts to a tapestry that Vairë just made, weeping

Episode 8

  • Protagonist of episode is Melkor
  • 3 things about the trial
    • Melkor “I see the error of my ways and ask for your forgiveness”
      • Don’t make excuses – not repentant
      • Forgiveness is the right thing to do when one is repentant
      • We don’t need to itemize his transgressions
      • He’s in solitary confinement in an ambiguous way (is he repentant or stewing?)
      • Might be like the Void (kinda like the loading room in the matrix)
      • Need to preserve the Noldor and the Valar…so Melkor’s repentance has to work
      • Only AFTER the Death of the Trees is he too far gone from repentance
        • He is wearing a lock of binding during his public works (the one he used on Eonwë)
        • He has to use his own hands
      • Tulkas as detective
        • Good but not that bright
        • Melkor doing public works gives Tulkas something to follow
        • Parallel with the Lamps project
      • Parallel with Gollum – Arwen takes a field trip to visit the settlement of woodmen and learns of the shadowy creature
        • Could parallel Arwen as detective with Tulkas as detective…
          • Arwen discovers Gollum, Tulkas discovers what he thinks is Melkor’s plot
          • They would be suspicious of her until she is asked to help when no one else can
          • “Do we or do we not trust Arwen?” = “do we or do we not trust Melkor?”