1. (Up to 4 pages)
A scene picking up where the last episode left off: Ingwë,
Finwë and Elwë greet Oromë, who introduces himself as a
Vala and tells them of Valinor.
2. (4 pages)
[Frame: Arwen is preparing/dessing, with her confidant
[?name], for her formal greeting / welcome to Lothlórien
with Galadriel. It is on the eve of an Elvish festival and
she shares her anticipation and excitment for the festival
Main: The debate of the Valar. Tulkas is enthusiastically
for. Aulë is for - he wants learners. Oromë is for - he
wants to remove the Quendi to safety. Irmo is for - he is
geographically situated in Aman, and wishes to invite the
Quendi to partake in Lórien. Ulmo is against - his
thoughts are for Middle-earth first. Vána is against -
Valinor has not been built with the Quendi in mind.
Yavanna against at first, until [Someone] points out they
would have to leave the Two Trees which would break her
heart. Manwë and Varda listen to the cases both for and
against before deciding that ambassadors should be brought
to allow the Quendi to make their own decision. Námo
states, "so it is doomed."
3. (4 pages)
Oromë is striding through the Quendi settlement. He is
shown some items of craftsmanship, and he takes an
avuncular interest. Several children try to approach him
and are restrained by their parents, admonishing them to
stay away from the glowing giant.
Finwë, Míriel and Elwë discuss the arrival of Oromë. Elwë
has come round to Oromë, Míriel is concerned that Oromë
sees them as children and objects to the idea that the
Valar care about them. Finwë is undecided/neutral. Elwë
reminds Finwë that he convinced him to meet Oromë in the
first place. Finwë wants to know more about what is
happening. Míriel does not want the Quendi to end up
serving / being beneath the Valar.
4. First plot point (4 pages)
At a Quendi council, Oromë announces the Valar's decision
to summon ambassadors. He selects Ingwë, Finwë and Elwë.
Ingwë accepts on behalf of everyone, Elwë is also on board
and Finwë goes with the flow, not speaking up.
In the moments before the ambassadors' departure, Finwë
and Míriel argue. She is furious he blithely accepted the
invitation, without speaking up about his concerns. Finwë
is clearly in the wrong without a leg to stand on. Míriel
5. (4 pages)
The ambassadors arrive in Valinor. They meet with the
Valar. Cast shot.
Vairë touches Námo's arm, leaving. As she goes, she shares
a meaningful look with Finwë who is unnerved by her.
Walking through Valmar. Ingwë is attentive to everything
the Valar say. Elwë is excited, looking through every
window and door. Finwë is withdrawn, missing Míriel.
6. First pinch point (4 pages)
In Lórien. Finwë stands in the glade where Míriel will be
passed out after birthing Fëanor. [? needs more content.]
Back at Cuiviénen, Míriel is getting on with life without
Finwë; however, the Dark Hunter has returned and is taking
people again. Morwë makes a pass at her; she considers it.
7. (4 pages)
[Ingwë is with Nienna, who grieves with him for the loss
of his wife (Indis's mother). She takes him to Estë who
gives him rest and peace for his bereavement.]
Brief scene of Vairë spinning some thread and laying out
her weaving tools.
8. Midpoint (4 pages)
At the Two Trees. Ingwë and Elwë argue with Finwë. Ingwë:
it would be ungrateful/immoral for us to not come and be
with the Valar in this amazing place they have made for
us. Elwë, "you see the glowing trees, right?" Wouldn't it
be wonderful to live in the land of light, not darkness.
Finwë restates Míriel's case that the Quendi would be
living under the Valar, that they have been fine so far
and that they are meant to be out in the world.
Watching this argument at a distance, Vána expresses that
she agrees with Finwë to Yavanna. Yavanna, who still
habours some doubts about inviting the Quendi to Valinor,
suggests she kind of agrees.
9. (4 pages)
[Finwë and Elwë discuss what they miss about Cuiviénen
(Finwë misses Míriel, but a more general discussion of
homesickness in a foreign land), and it is remarked that
for all the wonders of Valinor, you cannot see the stars
[Ingwë with Manwë and Varda.]
10. Second pinch point (4 pages.)
[Ingwë and Elwë are having a jolly time with Tulkas.
Nessa goads Finwë into dancing and enjoying himself.]
Back at Cuiviénen, Morwë is telling stories to some Quendi
children as Míriel watches. He tells them about Oromë's
arrival, hinting that he was the Dark Hunter and how he
took away Ingwë, Finwë and Elwë, "...and they were never
seen again." Míriel angrily shouts at him to not tell that
story and that "they're coming back!" She storms off.
Brief time-lapse scene of Vairë beginning to weave a
11. (4 pages)
[Melian, Aiwendel (Radagast) and Olórin (Gandalf) discuss
a longing for the lands of Middle-earth. Melian decides to
go there, and Aiwendel agrees with her but decides to stay
in Valinor (too timid?) Olórin doesn't know what they are
on about, and is eager to meet the Children who will soon
be coming to Valinor. Elwë catches sight of Melian from
afar, but they do not meet or speak to one another (she is
gone before he can approach).]
Finwë making stuff with Aulë. Aulë talks about the
knowledge and craft he wants to teach the Quendi and makes
his case for why the Quendi should come to Valinor.
12. Second plot point (4 pages)
Finwë asks about the war of the powers. In the Courtyard
of the Halls of Mandos, Aulë explains about the war and
Melkor, and that Melkor ischained inside.
Finwë is convinced by Aulë that they should come to
Valinor, but does not think he will be able to convince
Míriel. [Finwë will echo Aulë's words in the episode 3
debate.] Walking through the Courtyard, Finwë sees Vairë
hanging a new Tapestry - it depicts him and Míriel holding
a baby together in Lorien. Finwë is happy to see this image,
but Vairë's face betrays sorrow (he misses that.)
13. (4 pages)
[Gifts of the Valar to the Ambassadors?]
Frame: [Arwen is ushered in for the formal gift-giving
ritual with Galadriel. Galadriel is resplendant. Galadriel
gives Arwen a starry cloak. Arwen gives Galadriel a
tapestry she made showing the Two Trees. A courtier
remarks on the strangeness of the imagery. Galadriel and
Arwen share an informal moment, where Galadriel prepares
Arwen for the idea that the festival will not be what
14. Climax 1 (4 pages)
The ambassadors are preparing to return to Cuiviénen.
15. Climax 2 (4 pages)
16. (Up to 4 pages)
At Cuiviénen, Míriel is going about her life. There is the
sound of hoofbeats and there is panic. Three glowing
riders emerge from the forest. Míriel realises the
ambassadors have returned. The ambassadors are laiden with
swag from Valinor. She and Finwë run to each other and
This one needs some restructuring and tweaking. We need a Valinorean protagonist to at least share the spotlight with Finwë here. Should it be Ulmo? Or Melian? My preference is Ulmo, but other arguments can be made. The timing of Finwë's changed attitude has to move earlier in the story, so we can see him being gung-ho for Valinor despite his worries that Míriel isn't going to like this. To keep the Ambassadors from being tourists in Valinor, we should focus on subcreation -- what do they make/do now that they have met the Valar? For the Valar storylines, how do we tie back to Season 1?
...but I'll let others listen to the most recent session and form their own thoughts on what we should do.