Fishing Up of Atmah

The Fishing Up of Atmah tells of a time after the great Elven masters had departed and the world was without a Regent to keep order. Thauma the Dwarf went fishing with an Elf fisher named Viru, and winds swept the boat far out to sea. There Thauma’s line caught Atmah, the world-serpent and first Regent of Wu-Yu. Atmah then granted his blessing, making Thauma the new Regent of Wu-Yu and ushering in the Third Age or Zhong Yuga.

Followers of Tathatan maintain that the blessing was given to Thauma and Thauma alone. This directly contrasts with the Thauma-Virun interpretation, which claims Viru also received the blessing, and that the elf Viru is in fact the ancestor of Orc-kind. The proof given is the similarity of names between Viru and an ancient Orc chieftain named Vira. It is also claimed that the similarity between Elves and Orcs in height and traditionally-nomadic lifestyle led Dwarven scribes to mistakenly record Viru as an Elf.

Those who still hold to the old religion called Thaumatan say only that Thauma received the blessing, withholding comment on the status of Viru.

Fishing Up of Atmah

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