<DIV align=left>I was writing a poem on the Ainulindale, and the whole storyseemed to me to be very similar to ancient Hindu mythology. According to this, the universe was created from an original supreme being, known as Parmatma, and each "level" of the universe was created out of a different part of his being. Moreover, each level was created out of a piece of music - the Om sound is one such music - and the destiny and quality of each level was determined by the sound of its creation.This is a very crude description, and there’s much more to it, but I’m no expert and I’m only trying to show similarities.
<DIV align=left>Does anyone know whether Tolien ever studied or read anything related to Hinduism, and where he got inspiration for the whole idea of Eru and music? Because the universe being created out of music is not a very common idea.
<DIV align=left><Nessa Edit: Interesting hypothesis. My compliments!>