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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 259 - They called me mad! Me!! Mad!!!!

17th December 2015 (18:04)

in which Fëanor loses it.


    Part 259 They called me mad! Me!! Mad!!!!



    Next time: Part 260: Barbecue

    Chibis by the now-dead website formerly known as tektek.org
    Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
    Questions and comments welcome!

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    Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
    Posted at: 18th December 2015 14:43 (UTC)
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    Fëanor seems to be Tolkien's analogue for Milton's Lucifer.

    Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
    Posted at: 18th December 2015 18:07 (UTC)

    Well no, I think Melkor/Morgoth is the analogue for Lucifer/Satan.

    I suspect Fëanor is more the analogue of the 'scientist too blinded by his own genius to care about the consequences of his work': the Robert Oppenheimer or Fritz Haber type.

    Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
    Posted at: 18th December 2015 19:38 (UTC)

    Eh, I suspect we are talking about two different pictures of Satan/Lucifer here. Tolkien was a serious Catholic, so he might not have approved much of Milton's "romantic" interpretation of Satan. His Satan, as seen with Morgoth would have none of that "evil is cool" vibe, but would just be pathetically and repulsively evil (like Morgoth), compare the Unman in Lewis' Space Trilogy.
    Feanor meanwhile is closer to Milton's Satan, but I agree that Tolkien would have put that type of "almost relatable evil/misguidedness" into the hands of non-devine beings only (like Feanor and Turin)

    Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
    Posted at: 18th December 2015 20:22 (UTC)
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    I was thinking more of Fëanor as Lucifer the character, rather than Satan the archetype. The ultimate self-absorbed libertarian who would rather condemn himself and his entire family to misery (but freedom!) rather than submit to the rule of the Valar.

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