In the changes of the world the shapes of lands & seas
have been broken and remade; by the starlit mere of Cuivienen, Water of Awakening, Elves
rose from the eternal sleep; and while they dwelt by the Cuivienen their eyes first beheld
the stars of heaven and their ears first beheld the sound of water flowing. A long
time passed as the Elves dwelt in their first home; and they walked the Earth in wonder;
and they began to make speech and to give names to all things they perceived.
Thus it was that the gods of heaven did come among them, and
some of the Elvenkind did hide, and some fled and became lost, among another way another
way, another god. But those that had courage, and stayed, perceived swiftly that the
glowing countenence of the orderly gods was indeed, no shape of darkness, for the light of
the Way was in their faces, and all the noblest of the elves were drawn to them.
However, of those who hid and cowered were drawn into the
hands of fear incarnate, Taath. In dark prisons were bred the San as mockery to the
true Elves, of whom afterward were bitterest of foes. And deep in their dark hearts
the San loathed the Master whom they served in fear, the maker of their misery.
Then befell the second sundering of the Elves. For the
kindred of the 2 elven kings were swayed by the words of their lords, and some were
willing to follow the one king in departing the world to follow Rinnani, and to learn; and
these Elves were known ever after as Usil, for they never beheld the light that was the
Sun and Moon. But many refused to leave, preferring the wide spaces of the Earth,
and the Trees. Thus known now as Fir these elves were sundered from the Usil and
never lived together again until many ages past after the Spur rose from the Earth.