The first sources of light for all of Arda were two enormous Lamps: Illuin, the silver one to the north and Ormal, the golden one to the south. These were cast down and destroyed by Melkor. Afterward, the Valar went to Valinor, and Yavanna sang into existence the Two Trees, silver Telperion and golden Laurelin shedding light comparable to moon and sun. Telperion was referred to as male and Laurelin female. The Trees sat on the hill Ezellohar located outside Valimar. They grew in the presence of all of the Valar, watered by the tears of Nienna. Each tree was a source of light: Telperion's silver and Laurelin's gold. Telperion had dark leaves (silver on one side) and his silvery dew was collected as a source of water and of light. Laurelin had pale green leaves trimmed with gold, and her dew was likewise collected by Varda. One "day" lasted twelve hours. Each Tree, in turn, would give off light for seven hours (waxing to full brightness and then slowly waning again), so that at one hour each of "dawn" and "dusk" soft gold and silver light would be given off together. Jealous Melkor, later named Morgoth by FŽanor, enlisted the help of the giant spider-creature Ungoliant (the first great spider, ancestor of Shelob, and possibly a fallen Maia) to destroy the Two Trees. Concealed in a cloud of darkness, Melkor struck each Tree and the insatiable Ungoliant devoured whatever life and light remained in them. Again Yavanna sang and Nienna wept, but they succeeded only in reviving Telperion's last flower (to become the Moon) and Laurelin's last fruit (to become the Sun). These were assigned to lesser spirits, male Tilion and female Arien, after the 'genders' of the Trees themselves. This is why, in The Lord of the Rings, the Sun is usually referred to as "she" and the moon as "he". However the true light of the Trees, before their poisoning by Ungoliant, was said to now reside only in the three Silmarils, created by FŽanor the most gifted of the Elves.
other LOTR artwork of mine: :thumb333000165::thumb328677422::thumb327462140::thumb324611190::thumb324564146::thumb298350523::thumb211940262::thumb209201679:
Top to left: Spottedleaf, Yellowfang, Cinderheart. Pinestar and Bluestar. Sunfall/star, Lionheart. below them is Redtail. The pale brown tabby at the bottom is Halftail, the gray cat that's sleeping while sitting is smallear, the two warriors beside him are Brackenfur and Runningwind. The three bigger cats at the bottom are Frostfur, Darkflower, and Goldenflower. The three kits are Mosskit, Spiritkit, and Mistkit. The too in the middle are Swiftpaw and Thornpaw.
Darkflower and Spiritkit are the only ones here not of Thunderclan. Spiritkit is one of Yellowfang's daughters, and I don't believe she has a name, so I'll call her spirit kit since she's a spirit and stuff. Mistkit is Tigerstar's sister (Wasn't sure of what she looked like). Darkflower is a random Shadowclan queen. So yeah, you got your little group of medi cats, then two and a half leaders and two and a half deputies. Two elders, two warriors, three queens, three kits, and two apprentices. I was bored and drew (Mostly) random Thunderclan cats. It took a while to finish, so that's my excuse for the lazy background. Well, I hope you like it :3