Thread: Is Gandalf Wrong or is it me?
I'd imagine when finding a word that rhymed with "hewn", Tolkien was concentrating on his poetry and temporarily forgot his own history lessons.
when young was mountain under moon
To Theoden and other men, the moon is something that's always been there since the begining of their time, so to say that something is older than the moon would be quite significant from Theoden's perspective.
The reason why is because I have not yet read the book, TTT. When I do read it I might be able to answer questions on FOTR, TTT, ROTK books! It`ll be much more esier, don`t you think?
Are we forgetting the ages of the Great Lamps, that were used to light the world before Melkor destroyed them?
The moon is said to be made with the light from a fruit of Telperion that was set in the sky. This happened after the lamps were destroyed.
More probable, Tolkien just needed a rhyming word; moon sounded better than spoon and June; and he never dreamed his future groupies would dissect his every jot and tildė (or what ever dotted eyes and crossed tees are called.)