THE ELVEN HIGH GOD COÓR THE SHADOW
(Elvish: "Night", "Darkness") Coór represents the elven God of Chaos, of Darkness, Night and Nothing, the Shadow Himself. He is considered male, destructive and unforgiving by nature as He constitutes the counterpart to the High Goddess Avá, the One, the Eternal, the Compassionate, She Who Dreameth Forth All Things, Avá the Beautiful. Coór is the embodiment of hatred, rage and wrath, Master of the so-called "Coór'enín", the High Spirits who had been neglected by Avá as she instructed the High Spirits to organize chaos. These Spirits are also called "the Dark Gods".
Picture description. The God of Chaos, Darkness, Night and Nothing - Coór, the Shadow Himself. Image drawn by Isilhir.
Cóor is not only a name to express the unspeakable horror which cannot be
explained by the good and just essence of Avá Herself. According to elven
mythology contained in the myth of world creation, the Cárpa'dosía,
Coór indeed must be interpreted as Avá's mirrored image, Her representation in
reality while Avá Herself remains in Her heavenly spiritual realm never to
descend on Aér'aí'chán. Every thing, every
creature, every idea is influenced and affected by the Great Darkness and cannot
escape these bounds in the existing world. It may be a sad thing for human
interpreters of elven mythology that the world itself and matter as a whole is
seen as bad and evil by nature in this concept. However, elves, whose intentions
concentrate on living the virtues of Avá only see the positive aspects of this
unreconcileable dichotomy: It is their lives' essence to overcome the malices of
Coór and to return their soul to the purity of Avá's beauty, to bathe in it in
heavenly bliss, to be re-born finally and to overcome once again the enticements
of the Shadow, finding a new path once more.
Coór is the counterpart of Avá's spirit, and although He is a spirit too, a spirit of darkness, He is more than that to the eyes of the living creatures. The spirit of Coór errupts periodically from the depths of doom to strike Aér'aí'chán with unbelieveable force in order to turn the Dream of the High Goddess once and for all to evil, thus to extinguish Himself and the Goddess and Her Dream. Many prophecies speak of the times when Coór will descend on the earth, in the so-called Melór'terquán, the Night of the Turning Shadow. The Third Sarvonian War indeed was a war of all races against the evil itself which sprang from the immortal representation of Coór, the dark Warlord of the north, also called Coór'Melór ("Shadow of Coór"), who finally was imprisoned in His eternal grave in the midst of the Adanian Sea.
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