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The Lord of the Rings Mythology Explained (Part 1)

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LOTR Wallpapers at Patreon:http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=1385484 Grey talks about The Hobbit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gsWj8YTOyk#t=2455 Special Thanks: Professor Verlyn Flieger http://mythus.com/ http://askmiddlearth.tumblr.com/ Soliloquy: http://goo.gl/LQEakz @icel, @VivaLaDiva405, Rory Howington, Vijayalakshmi, Jason Arkin, Malthe Agger, rictic, Ian, Saki Comandao, Edward DeLany, Chris Kitching, PervertedThomas, Brian Peterson, Ron Bowes, Tómas Árni Jónasson, Michael Morden, Mikko, Derek Bonner, Derek Jackson, Iain Flockton, Jim, Sokhom Chhim, Shawn Bazin, Finn Kelly, Dan, Christine Dönszelmann, Orbit_Junkie, Eren Polat, Mark Elders, Lars-Göran, Veronica Peshterianu, Daniel Heeb, Juan Villagrana, Ernesto Jimenez, Paul Tomblin, Travis Wichert, Andrew Bailey, Israel Armando, Teddy, Ricardo, Yousef Hasan, Ruud Hermans, Keng, Alex Morales, Ryan E Manning, Linh, Erik Parasiuk, Rhys Parry, Arian Flores, Jennifer Richardson, Maarten van der Blij, Björn Morén, Jim, Eric Stangeland, Rustam Anvarov, Sam Kokin, Kevin Anderson, Gustavo Jimenez, Thomas Petersen, Kyle Bloom, Osric Lord-Williams, Myke Hurley, David, Ryan Nielsen, Esteban Santana Santana, Terry Steiner, Dag Viggo Lokøen, Tristan Watts-Willis, Ian N Riopel, John Rogers, Edward Adams, Ryan, Kevin, Nicolae Berbece, Alex Prescott, Leon, Alexander Kosenkov, Daniel Slater, Sunny Yin, Sigurður Snær Eiríksson, Maxime Zielony, Anders, ken mcfarlane, AUFFRAY Clement, Aaron Miller, Bill Wolf, Himesh Sheth, Thomas Weir, Caswal Parker, Brandon Callender, Joseph, Stephen Litt Belch, Sean Church, Pierre Perrott, Ilan, Mr.Z, Heemi Kutia, Timothy Moran, Peter Lomax, Quin Thames, darkmage0707077, Ørjan Sollie, Emil, Kelsey Wainwright, Richard Harrison, Robby Gottesman, Ali Moeeny, Lachlan Holmes, Jonas Maaløe, John Bevan, Dan Hiel, Callas, Elizabeth Keathley, John Lee, Tijmen van Dien, ShiroiYami, thomas van til, Drew Stephens, Owen Degen, Tobias Gies, Alex Schuldberg, Ryan Constantin, Jerry Lin, Rasmus Svensson, Bear, Lars, Jacob Ostling, Cody Fitzgerald, Guillaume PERRIN, John Waltmans, Solon Carter, Joel Wunderle, Rescla, GhostDivision, Andrew Proue, David Lombardo, Tor Henrik Lehne, David Palomares, Cas Eliëns, paul everitt, Karl Johan Stensland Dy, Freddi Hørlyck Artwork: http://kittyninjafish.deviantart.com/ Music: http://incompetech.com/
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Text Comments (5750)
J S (21 hours ago)
..."Even People, people" 😂😂😂
Robert Kellogg (2 days ago)
where are these illustrations from?
ejvrjki3vr frnerjke (4 days ago)
My boomer father needs this
rackinfrackin (4 days ago)
Lodatz (5 days ago)
No information about the hobbits? The entire prologue of the Lord of the Rings is dedicated to explaining the origins of hobbits.
Riyan Raj (7 days ago)
That man mortality as a gift by God is a very deep statement. Lots pf philosophical arguments can be made here. Its a very very deep topic.
Paul Gibbons (7 days ago)
Good stuff. This should save many people from silmarillian which is an incredibly bad read. Though it clearly has interesting stuff in it. It's a grind to read an I'm sorry to say it beat me.
Tincho Sabala (7 days ago)
Alright. So I have never liked the amount of singing there is in the stories. But for the ENTIRE WORLD to be made out of singing? COME ON
lexiconlover (7 days ago)
So ... the Bible. Got it.
Jim Moroney (7 days ago)
The Tolkien narrative is remarkably similar to that of the Bible and the books of Enoch. Since Tolkien was a practicing Christian, this is not surprising. His friend, CS Lewis, also created an alternative universe that was patterned from Biblical theology. Amazingly, most fans of these two authors fail to see this.
Calvin Barrett (8 days ago)
You didn't tell me anything I didn't know but you told to me well and I was really disappointed when you stop talking.
Phil Pacific (9 days ago)
sorry dwarves. LOL!!!!! excellent summary.
Brandon Rodriguez (10 days ago)
Did not feel like 4 minutes!
Brian Orr (11 days ago)
Cool! Nice explanation :D
Martin Krebs (12 days ago)
Does anyone know the name of the song apart from http://incompetech.com/ ? .. 2000 songs, that's a long list...
Martin Krebs (12 days ago)
"Angevin", found it
DocStrange0123 (13 days ago)
let's go simple: LOTR is a black ops operation 'cause it's the only way to do it, period.
Alex (15 days ago)
“Eru Illuvatar” is not one name, you dumbass. He is known as Eru in some languages and Illuvatar in others. Get your little white nerd facts straight before I beat your bacon ass.
Nick Zavakos (17 days ago)
This REALLY helps when listening to the Silmarillion audiobook bc the names of all the differnent types of beings are confusing when just listening.
mhtmmt mmtmht (17 days ago)
Have you ever read Apocalypse from the Bible? Just try it, and compare with the entire book LOTR, and pay attention to the history!
Douggie Harrison (20 days ago)
I have been a huge fantasy fan my whole life and have never read LotR. I decided to save it for when I ran out of fantasy to enjoy. Well, I'm at that point. This was my first experience with LotR and I just bought the book im getting started boys and gals wish me luck
Carla MSM (21 days ago)
This video is really entertaining, beautiful and helpful. Thank you.
Steve Smith (27 days ago)
Hobbits are some man offshoot that somehow naturally evolved into being short and living longer and got much bigger feet. Lol Which begs the question. Since men and elves can have children.....logically so fan hobbits and men and hobbits and elves
Reggie Mckenzie (1 month ago)
Wow I watch half this video and I think to myself .has no one really looked in to noish mythology? Lol it's like literally what this is
Aaaa Bbbb (1 month ago)
Richard Ainsworth (1 month ago)
Do the Wheel of Time. I triple dog dare ya.
Noah Carroll (1 month ago)
Please make more of these!!
Bob (1 month ago)
2019 anyone?
ghassen hamden (1 month ago)
"thanks alot dad ! " i died there XD
Josh Caspar (1 month ago)
Sweet sweet mortality, I love it. Thanks mate
Benjamin Newlon (1 month ago)
Gandalf the C.G.P. Grey
Yui Poka (1 month ago)
wait wut
Max Lozla (1 month ago)
I love the silmarion
Andrea Brokate (1 month ago)
The reason an old man can fight a giant lava monster is because he’s a Hugh level wizard with a million spell slots or something
IceSword1728 (1 month ago)
Now i know why there's even college courses on LotR Mythology... so deep and detail in the lore.
Just Saying (1 month ago)
tfw your dad wants you to die...
Patrik Stakem (1 month ago)
For a teaching interview I have to give a five minute lesson on any topic I chose. This is it. I shall memorize this video.
Jacob James (1 month ago)
Is it racist for a Hobbit to call on man "long shanks?"
Jay (1 month ago)
Would you say it’s Lore of the Rings?
Daniel Dominique (1 month ago)
Wasn't there a video like this where he explained the silmarillion?
Magvin (1 month ago)
Dude you said "divide in to two groups" the valar and what. You mensioned one.
Magvin (27 days ago)
+Steve Smith Oh, yeah i found out about the Maiar 20 minutes after commenting this, but thanks anyway
Steve Smith (27 days ago)
Maiar. He specially mentions that. 14 (15 if you count Melkor) Valar, all the other "angels" are Maiar.
Veiron Hedlund (1 month ago)
If I remember correctly wasn't dwarfs made to be like humans but their creator didn't really know the specifics.
A lchm Y Music (1 month ago)
still the best video on the internet.
Michael Muncher (1 month ago)
So the creation story is just the Bible with fancy words. Ever the bad guy is just Lucifer lol. How original.
Kevin Githaiga (2 months ago)
There is a lot of similarities with judeochristian faiths... Interesting...I like it...
Kevin Githaiga (1 month ago)
+Arexon oh! He designed a rich and interesting mythos...
Arexon (1 month ago)
Tolkien was a devout Catholic and knowingly worked certain aspects of his faith into his writings. He saw creativity as the best way to honor God or "sub-creation" as Tolkien put it. He believed that since we were made in the image of a Maker, so was sub-creation a human right in itself. Like a child often imitates his parents so do humans imitate God, not to mock Him but merely because there is a part of of Him in all humans. But this freedom can also be abused to promote our own glory and power and must constantly be checked. It all depends on how one uses the gifts of reason and creativity that are bestowed upon us. Knowledge and beauty is meant to be shared for the betterment of Mankind and enrichment of our world, not hoarded by a jealous few.
Christopher (2 months ago)
Where's PT 2
Zambie Slaya2016 (2 months ago)
So this is based on Christianity and God. Cool I'm Christian and I love this series
Tolkien took direct inspiration from the bible for this...
downwithvoldemort96 (2 months ago)
Anyone know the background music for this?
Rama Devi (1 month ago)
hey just got to know...the music used in the background is "Angevin" by Kevin MacLeod
Rama Devi (1 month ago)
yeah even i wanna know
Matthew Stephens (2 months ago)
Sorry what’s the book called again?
Tawréline (2 months ago)
Can we accept this as the new religion
Peter Brooke (2 months ago)
names are given in the Unfinished Tales as Alatar and Pallando.
Jonah Robo (2 months ago)
Wow this is basically the creation story from the Bible w the creation of satan and everything
Tobias Hørsted (2 months ago)
So are the Istari and Maiar the same?
Steve Smith (27 days ago)
Istari are maiar, it's just a name given to the 5 maiar choosen to to to Middle Earth as old men wizards and guide the people to confront Sauron.
Luke A (2 months ago)
Quantum (2 months ago)
Not all of the Ainur became Valar or Maiar. Some remained with Illuvatar.
Praetor7 (2 months ago)
3:24 Melkor bred Elves with what or whom? In order for to get orcs, I mean.
i am MUSLIM and PROUD (2 months ago)
In real life ..we all die .. The end is true ..we all get judged .. There is porous of creating us . And you my friend will get punished for every single jock you made . especially this video Just keep living it won't take long until you find hell
Gandalf Grey (2 months ago)
Within 30 seconds youre already wrong. The Istari are Demi-Gods, not angels.
Steve Smith (27 days ago)
.....it's not an actual title. He calls them lower class angels. That's more or less the same thing. If anything, calling them demi-gods is bad as demi-gods are normally crossbreed between gods and mortals. So it would be upper class godlings and lower class godlings. Using the term god to refer to multiple creatures is also confusing when there truly is a GOD with a capital g. So calling them angels is much simpler. Thus God created 2 tiers of angels, as opposed to gods and demigods (I prefer godlings myself if you must go that route as it prevents confusion since there is a GOD)
A Laughing Emoji (3 months ago)
People People
Daniel Dubinsky (3 months ago)
If you’re a fan of wicked then don’t pause the screen at 1:10 and look at the very bottom right
Levis. H (3 months ago)
so basically, Gandalf and Saruman should have been at the same level with Sauron. all 3 of them are low level angels.
Steve Smith (27 days ago)
Same tier, not level. Even among tiers there is differences in power. Sauron is basically the most powerful of the Maiar, similarly the big bad Melkor/Morgoth was the most powerful of the Valar. Kinda like how Lucifer was the most powerful archangel, with only Michael coming close or equaling him in power.
Slavic (3 months ago)
This is awesome! I’ve always heard bits and pieces from playing games like m&b last days of the third age and other in depth lotr games but never seen the full picture
Bilbo Baggins (3 months ago)
I am not a innocent Hobbit anymore with this face.
hunter christensen (3 months ago)
Actualy Radaghast was sent to protect the pretty nature so he was successful.
Ratret (3 months ago)
Saruman the WISE not WHITE reeeee.
Soy Boy (3 months ago)
So....... where are the blacks?
Soy Boy (26 days ago)
+Steve Smith Oh, i haven't seen the extended edition of part 3. Maybe they will have to do like George Lucas and CGI some of them in the background.
Steve Smith (27 days ago)
In other parts of Middle earth. Plenty of countries to the east and South. You see some of them in the films, like the easterlings that Sam and Frodo disguise as, the men riding the elephants, (or whatever they are called) and the pirate fleet (that Aragorn and his ghost army destroy and sail up as, in the extended edition you see the pirates, in the theatrical you just see Aragorn sailing up in the ships after taking them over and attacking the orcs)
supajasiu (3 months ago)
Melkor started as a Mayar of Aule
LJTwiggy (3 months ago)
This is interesting, I play a halfling in D&D and never heard about that.
FireGuy306 (3 months ago)
Ichijo Festival (3 months ago)
Leonie Fuchs (3 months ago)
Even people....people
Fred Flinstone (3 months ago)
Talk slower.
Michaela Bauer (3 months ago)
Of Melkor: Every choir has a diva...
Vinayak Gupta (4 months ago)
The lord of rings is the mythalogy of which place on this earth
Michael Simmons (4 months ago)
Dude, you should explain long ass complicated lore more often! I vote you do the Metal Gear Solid Lore next!
Daniel Natzke (4 months ago)
The Admin of the Wiki greatly appreciates this, thanks CGP!
Conor Henderson (4 months ago)
Maiar are higher and Lower Angels.
Conor Henderson (4 months ago)
Ainur are not angels or any kinda lesser beings but they are Gods like Eru Iluvatar. He Eru is the Top Deity while the Ainur are the Minor Deities the Children and followers of Erus own essence.
Steve Smith (27 days ago)
It's easier to call them angels, using the term god gets confusing when using it to refer to both the all powerful god, and the lower gods it created (so like fusing Christianity with hinduism) So angels works better. Or godlings.
Oğuzhan Mercangöz (4 months ago)
Dwarves are realy good bro
Elijah Johnson (4 months ago)
Its cool to see how writers take parts of the Bible and use it in their lore.
Cobra Saint (4 months ago)
Excellent! I came here worried something would be screwed up and wrong but you sir...my hats off to you. Well done.
Ceaa A. C. (4 months ago)
Buen video.....pero muy rápido para poderlo traducir.....
Joey idc (4 months ago)
I honestly just came here to try to understand why they're so tempted to put it on because they're so scared of it it makes sense for them to never want to put it on but as soon as they look at it they just can't help themselves
Tyson Williams (4 months ago)
Does anyone know of in depth podcasts or whatever about middle earth mythos, I have all the David Day Middle Earth books except for the newest one as of writing this, and love them but I also would like to hear a long form explanation with audio and in speech that is more digestible than the Silmarllion. Also I like this short form simplified explanations but because it’s trying to be short I feel they talk faster than my personal liking sometimes and I would like something that is willing to take its time
Fabled Fantasy (4 months ago)
2:41 For true CPG Grey fans, we know how much CPG wants to avoid death which only makes his sarcastic comment "Thanks Dad" so much funnier for the Gift of Mortality. :)
cerealkiller (5 months ago)
Yay! we are Eru's favourite children. Suck it Elves.
Dan (5 months ago)
his voice sounds like a soyboy
MrRamazanLale2 (5 months ago)
Where are all the dwarven females?
Steve Smith (27 days ago)
Dwarven females basically never leave their mountains. Only like 30% of the population is female and evidently dwarves have a high rate of being asexual, having no interest in sex, marriage, or children. So their culture keeps women at home cause they really need to protect their limited female population and encourage reproduction.
Steve Smith (27 days ago)
+Kawaii Stefan he does.
Kawaii Stefan (5 months ago)
Its safe to assume they're there but Tolkien didn't go into detail.
Ernesto Martin (5 months ago)
Its so cool how they used a picture of Jaina Proudmore
Jameel Ja (5 months ago)
I like this channel so much I'm watching a YouTube video about a movie I don't care about.
Nakita Lander (5 months ago)
I just noticed this, you put dragons and troll on the same level. They are very different and came from different origins. Trolls should be alongside orcs unless I am very much mistaken, because trolls are to Ents like orcs are to elves. This is said by Treebeard in LOTR 2 book 1.
Steve Smith (27 days ago)
In theory, dragons would be the same level as even Melkor can't create true life so he would have had to corrupted something to turn them into dragons
Enigma (5 months ago)
What is the song you used for this called as I can't find it in that link you left thx
Music (5 months ago)
Who or what was Tom Bombadill????
Kawaii Stefan (27 days ago)
+Steve Smith Letter #153 literally says hes just a character he invented for his children and put into LoTR. Not sure if theres any canon place in the world of LoTR for Tom but he as a character exists in LoTR firstly because Tolkien thought it would be a funny call back. In canon mythos might say otherwise but its very vague as you said.
Steve Smith (27 days ago)
+Kawaii Stefan not really. He's still pretty damn vauge. Spirit is the best Tolkein describes him as, but then what is a spirit in the LOTR mythos? There is no clear answer
Kawaii Stefan (5 months ago)
Letter #153 from Tolkien explains him.
Sao Cungduoc (5 months ago)
J. R. R. Tolkien must have been trippin' on some good psychedelic shrooms.
Kawaii Stefan (5 months ago)
Creativity exists without drugs.
Michael Swanson (5 months ago)
I’m a nerd, so I have to nitpick an otherwise excellent and concise video. You misspelled “Saruman” as “Sauroman”. And you mispronounced Yavanna (ya-VAN-na) as “Yanava” (YAN-ah-va). Manwë would not be pleased.
uuuueber (5 months ago)
Correction: Melkor couldn’t make anything new at all, he could only corrupt what was; orcs we’re made from elves, trolls were made from ents, dragons are sentient so they must have been made from miar (angels)
Steve Smith (27 days ago)
You don't need something sentient to be made sentient. The eagles were actually regular eagles who were taught speech and magically increased in intelligence, size, and powers
ganondorfchampin (5 months ago)
Was Melkor exactly evil, or was he originally just a non-conformist? And how did he become Morgoth?
Kawaii Stefan (5 months ago)
Morgoth was a name given to him by the elves.
flexible '3 (5 months ago)
Hangi gerizekalı türkçe çeviri yaptı
Echad (5 months ago)
Damn this is a good story.
AskeFanten The Fool (6 months ago)
I liked your video! But im sorry to maybe offend your intellect, but i wouldn't say "their universe". Earth is flat, and it is called middle earth. The fictive space created by nasa is a giant hoax. But, there are another type of cosmology that does explain the magnetic north and the "dead" "south"-pole wich suround our lands. The UN-logo is the real map. Dragons are real! Dont belive me? then study the geo-formations in north africa without borders and landnames on google earth carefully. My only hint is, it is gigantic and mountains are NOT what we are told! Nothing is

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