Their sister was Aredhel the White. She was younger in the years of the Eldar than her brothers; and when she was grown to full stature and beauty she was tall and strong, and loved much to ride and hunt in the forests. Ar-Feiniel she was called, The White Lady of the Noldor, for she was pale, though her hair was dark, and she was never arrayed but in silver and white.
Here’s the thing that’s great about the Silmarillion:
If you don’t like something, you can always claim “unreliable narrator” or question “textual authenticity”.
According to Tolkien’s fictional historiography, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion are all translations based on content found in “The Red Book of Westmarch.” Specifically, the Silmarillion is said to be based on “Translations from the Elvish” made by Bilbo Baggins while living at the house of Elrond in Rivendell.
The published version of the Silmarillion was edited by Christopher Tolkien …based on his father’s unpublished writings …which the elder Tolkien claims are based on a copy of the Thain’s Book curated at Great Smials by Pippin’s descendants …which is based on the original Thain’s Book annotated and updated by the scribes of King Elessar (Aragorn) in Gondor …which was copied from the original Red Book kept by Sam’s descendants at Westmarch …which contained Bilbo’s Translations from the Elvish …based on “books of lore” provided to him by Elrond and the elves of Rivendell.
You got that? The Silm is…
…Christopher Tolkien’s edit
…of J.R.R Tolkien’s translation
…of Pippin’s copy
…of Aragorn’s copy
…of Sam’s copy
…of Bilbo’s translation
…of Elrond’s personal library
…of songs and legends and histories about the First Age.
Even Professor Tolkien uses the conceit of unreliable narrators to explain discrepancies in the text. In the first edition of The Hobbit, Bilbo says that Gollum promised to give him The Ring if he wins their riddle contest, …which Tolkien later says is a total lie that Bilbo just put in there to make himself look better.
Look, I think it’s time we can all admit something:
The Silmarillion is totally biased in favor of Elrond’s family. If you read through Elrond’s family tree, the Silm makes all of his ancestors look like total bad-asses.
Luthien and Beren steal a Silmaril from Morgoth’s crown.
Tuor and Idril rescue the last survivors from the Fall of Gondolin
Earendil and Elwing sail into the West and convince the gods to come to the rescue of the Elves and end the War.
So, like, maybe there were some people in Beleriand who thought the Half-Elven were freaks for their *cough* unusual intermarriages. But as far as Elrond and the Silm are concerned, the Half-Elves were the heroes who saved the freaking day.
So, reinterpret the Silmarillion however you want. Professor Tolkien would probably even get a kick out of it. As a philologist, he was all about how languages and stories shift and morph over time based on the migrations and changing attitudes of their people.
The Silmarillion aesthetic |
Ecthelion of the Fountain
Ecthelion was captain and lord of the House of the Fountain in Gondolin.
His people were noted for their use of silver and diamonds, and
Ecthelion himself wore a silver helm capped by a long silver spike. He
was an excellent singer, with “the fairest voice…and the most skilled
in musics of all the Gondothlim.” The young prince Eärendil admired his
flute playing, and it seems Ecthelion sometimes cut willow-whistles for
the third son of Fëanor, constant companion of his younger brother Curufin
“…a hunter was Celegorm, who in Valinor was a friend of Oromë and often followed the Vala’s horn. Celegorm went rather to the house of
Oromë, and there he got great knowledge of birds and beasts, and all their tongues he knew.”
He was appointed to be, in the fullness of time, the first of all Kings: lord of the realm of Arda and ruler of all that dwell therein. In Arda, his delight is in the winds and the clouds, and in all the regions of the air, from the heights to the depths, from the utmost borders of the Veil of Arda to the breezes that blow in the grass. Súlimo he is surnamed, Lord of the Breath of Arda. All swift birds, strong of wind, he loves, and they come and go at his bidding.
Yeah, I know that Tolkien briefly describes only one meeting between the two of them, but I can’t help thinking that there must have been more? Or maybe Haleth kept hearing other people’s or elves’ opinions about Caranthir (despite him being a good lord for both elves and men in Thargelion, he probably still had this ‘drama queen’ reputation :))… or was just predjudiced to the elves as a whole? Anyway, for some reason she declined Caranthir’s offer of protection for her people and decided to lead them into unknown lands… It showed only how proud and stubborn Haleth was, with this stupid sense of honor, you know the kind that gets you killed or at least in trouble. But look, that sounds just like Caranthir :) I like to think that they would become friends, if Haleth just gave them a chance… especially as Caranthir was clearly impressed by her.
The seven sons of Fëanor were Maedhros the tall; Maglor the mighty singer, whose voice was heard far over land and sea; Celegorm the fair, and Caranthir the dark; Curufin the crafty, who inherited most of his father’s skill of hand; and youngest Amrod and Amras, who were twin brothers, alike in mood and face.
Paul Telfer as Fëanor Danila Polykov as Maedhros Michael Freeby as Maglor Ed Skrein as Celegorm Mark Dacascos as Caranthir Thyago Alves as Curufin Wouter Peelen as Ambarussa
Celebrimbor had “an almost ‘dwarvish’ obsession with crafts”; and he soon became the chief artificer of Eregion, entering into a close relationship with the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm, among whom his greatest friend was Narvi. In the inscription on the West-gate of Moria Gandalf read the words: Im Narvi hain echant: Celebrimbor o Eregion teithant i thiw hin: “I, Narvi, made them. Celebrimbor of Hollin drew these signs.”