Lay of Leithian Canto I
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Concerning the Canto
This canto starts out with one of the more popular paragraphs, concerning Thingol. The descriptions of jewels is contrasted with the love of his daughter, whose description soon follows. Then it introduces Endor and orients the reader.
Esgalduin that fairies call / in many a tall and torchlit hall
Note the reference to fairies, not uncommon in older works. One thing about the Lay is that it commonly connects Beleriand and Faërie.
Note also that the name of Dairon is spelt here with an "i", as opposed to Daeron of later works.