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The Lord of the Rings Mythology Explained (Part 1)

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Before you see the final Hobbit Movie, learn about the mythology of The Lord of The Rings universe Wallpapers from the video available at Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=1385484 and Subbable: https://subbable.com/cgpgrey Official discussion at: http://www.reddit.com/r/CGPGrey/comments/2pky88/the_lord_of_the_rings_mythology_explained/ Hello Internet Podcast on 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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downwithvoldemort96 (1 day ago)
Anyone know the background music for this?
Matthew Stephens (7 days ago)
Sorry what’s the book called again?
Tawréline (9 days ago)
Can we accept this as the new religion
Peter Brooke (12 days ago)
names are given in the Unfinished Tales as Alatar and Pallando.
Jonah Robo (13 days ago)
Wow this is basically the creation story from the Bible w the creation of satan and everything
Tobias Hørsted (13 days ago)
So are the Istari and Maiar the same?
Luke A (15 days ago)
Quantum (16 days ago)
Not all of the Ainur became Valar or Maiar. Some remained with Illuvatar.
Praetor7 (16 days ago)
3:24 Melkor bred Elves with what or whom? In order for to get orcs, I mean.
i am MUSLIM and PROUD (20 days 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 (21 days ago)
Within 30 seconds youre already wrong. The Istari are Demi-Gods, not angels.
A Laughing Emoji (26 days ago)
People People
Daniel Dubinsky (27 days 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 (28 days ago)
so basically, Gandalf and Saruman should have been at the same level with Sauron. all 3 of them are low level angels.
The f2p Pyro (29 days 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 (1 month ago)
I am not a innocent Hobbit anymore with this face.
hunter christensen (1 month ago)
Actualy Radaghast was sent to protect the pretty nature so he was successful.
Ratret (1 month ago)
Saruman the WISE not WHITE reeeee.
Soy Boy (1 month ago)
So....... where are the blacks?
supajasiu (1 month ago)
Melkor started as a Mayar of Aule
LJTwiggy (1 month ago)
This is interesting, I play a halfling in D&D and never heard about that.
FireGuy306 (1 month ago)
Ichijo Festival (1 month ago)
Leonie Fuchs (1 month ago)
Even people....people
Fred Flinstone (1 month ago)
Talk slower.
Michaela Bauer (1 month ago)
Of Melkor: Every choir has a diva...
Vinayak Gupta (1 month ago)
The lord of rings is the mythalogy of which place on this earth
Michael Simmons (2 months ago)
Dude, you should explain long ass complicated lore more often! I vote you do the Metal Gear Solid Lore next!
Daniel Natzke (2 months ago)
The Admin of the Wiki greatly appreciates this, thanks CGP!
Conor Henderson (2 months ago)
Maiar are higher and Lower Angels.
Conor Henderson (2 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.
OZİ MOZİ (2 months ago)
Dwarves are realy good bro
Elijah Johnson (2 months ago)
Its cool to see how writers take parts of the Bible and use it in their lore.
Cobra Saint (2 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. (2 months ago)
Buen video.....pero muy rápido para poderlo traducir.....
Joey idc (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
Yay! we are Eru's favourite children. Suck it Elves.
Dan (2 months ago)
his voice sounds like a soyboy
MrRamazanLale2 (3 months ago)
Where are all the dwarven females?
Kawaii Stefan (3 months ago)
Its safe to assume they're there but Tolkien didn't go into detail.
Ernesto Martin (3 months ago)
Its so cool how they used a picture of Jaina Proudmore
Jameel Ja (3 months ago)
I like this channel so much I'm watching a YouTube video about a movie I don't care about.
Nakita Lander (3 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.
Enigma (3 months ago)
What is the song you used for this called as I can't find it in that link you left thx
Music (3 months ago)
Who or what was Tom Bombadill????
Kawaii Stefan (3 months ago)
Letter #153 from Tolkien explains him.
Sao Cungduoc (3 months ago)
J. R. R. Tolkien must have been trippin' on some good psychedelic shrooms.
Kawaii Stefan (3 months ago)
Creativity exists without drugs.
Michael Swanson (3 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 (3 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)
ganondorfchampin (3 months ago)
Was Melkor exactly evil, or was he originally just a non-conformist? And how did he become Morgoth?
Kawaii Stefan (3 months ago)
Morgoth was a name given to him by the elves.
flexible '3 (3 months ago)
Hangi gerizekalı türkçe çeviri yaptı
Echad (3 months ago)
Damn this is a good story.
AskeFanten The Fool (3 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
Aniit Ikonen (3 months ago)
Yes, nice story, almost as good as Kalevala.
Niccolò Machiavelli (3 months ago)
Finnaly someone who calls humans elves and dwarves species !
TheFlyleaf25 (4 months ago)
Sounds like Christianity coupled with Tolkien's own mythology. Love it xoxo
Kawaii Stefan (3 months ago)
Tolkien himself described LoTR as a Catholic work
Vezy Sr (4 months ago)
Melkor-mel luser
Jesus Medina (4 months ago)
Sounds a lot like the story between God and Satan
FlamingCrystal Alchemist (4 months ago)
That sounds like Lucifer the loner angel
Alt Right Knight (4 months ago)
So is Melkor Lucifer in this then?
Marco Lu (4 months ago)
Lots of Ars!
Alkis Katikaridis (4 months ago)
very nice video
M. Rizky Caesar (4 months ago)
Melkor is morgoth ??
Kawaii Stefan (3 months ago)
Eridan_Serket (4 months ago)
This video killed the origin story of the fantasy writing project I'm on. I am copyright infringing without realizing, and I mean hard. - Nine gods sang the universe into being - Eight of the nine filled the world with life to the amusement of the king among them - Man was intentionally made with a disconnect from their creator(s) (basically Melkor created man) - King of the gods takes offense at man's disloyalty and makes OP flying molten fire spewing lizards with no free will to purge the world of all life unless the other seven intelligent organisms can do so first under the guiding hands of their individual masters who each want to gain leverage/favor over one another. It isn't exact, or specific a synopsis of the origin, but it is far too similar for my taste.
Frank Rizzo (5 months ago)
I watch this video about once a year, because I forget all this sh!t
Nick12391 (5 months ago)
Superbly succinct summary
Simon Rako (5 months ago)
This is almost the same story as the story from the Bibel
anthemlog (5 months ago)
This video simplifies LOTR so well that when my friend showed me these I got so into it that I bought the LOTR trilogy and the Hobbit then the Silmarilian and have read LOTR twice now. I love Tokien so much.
Mr Prick (5 months ago)
but in harry potter, its not humans trained in magic either, there muggles (normal humans) and wizards
Wes Sleeps (5 months ago)
I've seen this video overall several years having a music degree, only now do I find at 1:43 the discord of all of the LOTR universe is caused by a f-e combo. I'm fucked
dandelion Kim (5 months ago)
Melkor just like lucifer
Theo Noble (5 months ago)
Well, lower then the Valar, but still quite powerful in their own right
Redstone Killer (5 months ago)
I'm Eru
Pierrick Bramberger (5 months ago)
I have heard that sauron tortured the elfs long enough to become orks and the ents to become trolls.
Amanda Wright (5 months ago)
Great video but wish you would slow down just a little :) had to re-listen a few times albeit I'm listening while working so not 100% focused. Excited to explore your other videos on LOTR. Beautiful illustrations.
Kawaii Stefan (3 months ago)
Focus on your work dude.
SrMeechio (5 months ago)
There is very, very subtle inference in some of the extended backstory that Hobbits effectively began as human-dwarf "half-dwarves", eventually establishing themselves in a kind of middle ground between the two. Underground, but not too deep; reclusive, but not guarded; greedy, but only sofar as food (and impressing the neighbours). Of course, this kind of undermines the Hobbits' narrative function of being actual relatable humans in a world where "Men" have divinely-appointed kings and magic swords, which is why Tolkien never really went anywhere with it.
Byzantium (5 months ago)
Mike Cadile (5 months ago)
I am the lord of the rings
AudieHolland (5 months ago)
My apologies if this has already been said. But would Illuvatar be something of a Gepetto or J.F. Sebastian?
zaltama (5 months ago)
wait you said there are 14 valar but you didnt have melkor listed as one of them. is he valar or not?
While I was watching this video, I tried coffee for the first time. It was rather nice - but I'm thirteen and Irish, so a cup of tea with a wheelbarrow's worth of sugar dumped in seems like the better choice.
AndewL747 (5 months ago)
The Kobster 05 (5 months ago)
“Even with a million pages” **366 Pages in the Silmarillion**
Shadowfax Stallionus (6 months ago)
Nobody cares about the blue wizards. Not even Tolkien.
WHAAAT (6 months ago)
Tolkien's mythology is inspiring for my medieval mythological like novel.
E E (6 months ago)
I love the illustrations in this video, who did them?
AMAN DIMISSE (6 months ago)
AMAN DIMISSE (6 months ago)
FriedrichHerschel (6 months ago)
The don't make a four minute video ... make mooooooaaaaaar! Gimme gimme gimme ^^
Lloyd Share (6 months ago)
Peter Jackson copied and pasted his "ideas" from computer games
Philolaus Sith66 (6 months ago)
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Persik II (6 months ago)
Its only me, or someone else noticed that this was inspired by the Bible
Nmjjmn (6 months ago)
That's not surprising, Tolkien was a devout Catholic.
Bigalmou (6 months ago)
>when your people are chiefly responsible for all the evil in the universe, but those darn humans can't come to your literal paradise because 'muh immortality' #JustAinurThings
Delsine (6 months ago)
Awesome job dude! I'm gonna watch the playlist. You may have misspelled Saruman tho ;)
Tiago Martins Lacerda (6 months ago)
Even people people.
Bad_ Content (6 months ago)
You forgot Ulmo!!😭
Kadeem John (6 months ago)
You and bill wurtz should have a baby/
Tom Andrew (6 months ago)
What if Eru Iluvatar had a female silhouette for the art work. Just throwing that out. Still amazing video and art! :3
maymakvm (6 months ago)
@CGP you sound hot
Philip S (6 months ago)
Should have mentioned that the questionable 15th Valar (Morgoth) is Melkor

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