J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion opens with the Ainulindalë, the story of how the universe of Middle Earth came into existence. Artist Evan Palmer has painted his own adaptation of tale, imagining the radiant forms of Tolkien's universe taking shape.

Palmer has given himself an unusual challenge for this endeavor, depicting more abstract concepts until his colors eventually coalesce into more familiar lands and peoples. You can see the first few pages below and the rest of the comic on Palmer's Tumblr.

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Ainulindalë Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 [Evan Palmer via Geek Art Gallery]