silmweek / day 02. /elves - high kings of the noldor
High King of the Noldor was the title of the head of the House of Finwë
in Beleriand and Middle-earth. It was held by Elf-lords of the Noldor who held rulership over all the Noldorin realms.
The forefather of the House of Finwë
was Finwë, the first lord of the Tatyar who led his people in the Great Journey from Cuiviénen into the West to dwell in Valinor.
On the House of Fëanor the wrath of the Valar lieth from the West unto the uttermost East, and upon all that will follow them it shall be laid also. Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue. To evil end shall all things turn that they begin well; and by treason of kin unto kin, and the fear of treason, shall this come to pass.
I’m rereading the Lord of the Rings for the umpteenth time. As with the Silmarillion, it seems, with each reading, I find something new to think about (or cry about, as in this case.)
The departure of the Fellowship from Rivendell has always been a very moving scene for me to read–more so after I read the Silmarillion and realised just why Elrond was so adamant about no one swearing an oath. I’ve always loved the exchange he has with Gimli about it. But today the words struck me again and I realised I had missed the nuances of another phrase of great significance in one of Elrond’s answers to Gimli.
“… No oath or bond is laid on you to go further than you will. For you do not know the strength of your hearts, and you cannot foresee what each may meet upon the road.”
“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens,” said Gimli.
“Maybe,” said Elrond, “but let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.”
“Yet sworn word may strengthen quaking heart,” said Gimli.
“Or break it,” said Elrond.
Now every other time I have read this (post reading the Silmarillion) I’ve focused on Elrond’s mentioning oaths and his response to Gimli’s second comment about oaths breaking hearts–because he actually saw that happen, he lived and was raised for a time by Elves whose hearts were broken by an Oath and he saw how things ended for Maedhros and Maglor. I kind of skimmed by the first comment he made to Gimli previously, I suppose. But today it just stopped me in my tracks. Because of course–they experienced the ultimate ‘nightfall’–the destruction of the trees–before they traveled to the darkness of Middle Earth in pursuit of Morgoth. I really don’t know how I’ve missed the overwhelming significance of this phrase every other time I’ve read it. So once again, I’ve found a way to cry about dead First Age Elves without even actively reading the Silmarillion.
So–off to blast some Blind Guardian and wallow in First Age angst.
My edit: AU where the seven sons of Fëanor are the seven daughters of Fëanor
(No particularly reason for that. Simply, I love the Fëanorians and I love the genderbending)
“Be he foe or friend, be he foul or clean, brood of Morgoth or bright Vala, Elda or Maia or Aftercomer, Man yet unborn upon Middle-earth, neither law, nor love, nor league of swords, dread nor danger, not Doom itself, shall defend him from Fëanor, and Fëanor’s kin, whoso hideth or hoardeth, or in hand taketh, finding keepeth or afar casteth a Silmaril. This swear we all: death we will deal him ere Day’s ending, woe unto world’s end! Our word hear thou, Eru Allfather! To the everlasting Darkness doom us if our deed faileth. On the holy mountain hear in witness and our vow remember, Manwë and Varda!”
[J.R.R. Tolkien, HoME X, Morgoth’s Ring, Annals of Aman]
Hello Silmarillion Fandom! This is your official announcement for Fëanorian Week!
What is it?: Fëanorian Week is a full seven days to celebrate and appreciate some of our fan faves, the Fëanorians, and their parents, Nerdanel and Fëanor. When is it?: March 20th, 2017—March 26th, 2017
Day 7- Nerdanel and Feanor-> Mahtan, Marriage, Reunion, Traveling, Creation, Healing
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