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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 169 - The Doom of Fëanor

17th November 2014 (20:14)

That's 'doom' as in 'legal judgement', not any sort of foreshadowing that something bad is going to happen. Honest.

Hands up if you think Finwë is being a bit of a drama llama here?

Part 169: The Doom of Fëanor

Next time: Part 170: Things fall apart

Chibis by 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!


Posted by: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 17th November 2014 21:02 (UTC)

It's hard for me to tell from the Silmarillion how much input Finwe had into the process of the trial. If the Valar decided of their own accord to judge the matter without consulting Finwe at all, then I see how he could consider himself slighted. In this version, I agree he shouldn't ask the Valar for judgement and then complain when he doesn't like the result.

The one I feel really bad for here is Fingolfin.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th November 2014 11:37 (UTC)

I was interpreting it as him being aggrieved that Fëanor was still being blamed, even after it came to light that Melkor had been behind everything. When the trial began, the Valar believed Fëanor had been the instigator and ringleader behind all the unrest, rather than simply being caught up in it.

From Finwë's perspective - and I suspect many of the other Noldor - it would look as if the Valar couldn't find Melkor - and maybe didn't really try too hard - so they carry on making Fëanor the scapegoat because he's not one of their own.

The poor Valar (whom I see as being well-meaning but a bit naive) probably can't understand why the Elves are so angry with them, and are upset by it...

Posted by: L'Ignota (lignota)
Posted at: 18th November 2014 23:08 (UTC)

I can definitely see that.

This is one of the places in the Silm where I don't have a clear picture in my mind of how it went down (because we aren't given some important details), and I'm happy to accept a variety of interpretations.

I've felt for a long time like the Valar are well-meaning but they don't really understand (incarnate) people.

Edited at 2014-11-18 23:10 (UTC)

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