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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 220 - Uh oh

11th June 2015 (16:45)

Don't worry. Absolutely nothing bad will result from the events shown here!
I decided to stick with the prose version of the Oath from the Silmarillion due to familiarity, but I personally prefer the poetic version from the Lay of Leithian:

Be he friend or foe, or seed defiled
of Morgoth Bauglir, or mortal child
that in after days on earth shall dwell,
no law, nor love, nor league of hell,
not might of Gods, not moveless fate
shall him defend from wrath and hate
of Fëanor's sons, who takes or steals
or finding keeps the Silmarils,
the thrice-enchanted globes of light
that shine until the final night.

Part 220: Uh oh.

Next time: Part 221: Let's go! Maybe.

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!


Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 11th June 2015 21:23 (UTC)
Feanorian penguins

I always feel that perhaps they had the right...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 13th June 2015 11:35 (UTC)

My impression is that they had the right to go after the Silmarils, but swearing an unbreakable oath took away any options or discretion they might have. If they ever stopped 'pursuing with vengeance and hatred' they'd call down the Everlasting Dark upon themselves.

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 13th June 2015 11:57 (UTC)
Feanorian penguins

Yes - it was not well worded. It was clear that neither Feanor nor his sons had ever played D&D... my group from many years ago would have examined every clause and possibility before committing to a binding oath!

Because our DM would have certainly come to the same conclusion as you very quickly if we had used that wording...

We'd have had sub-clauses and get-out clauses, and any number of safeguards in there - we had a gnome with a mind like a lawyer :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th June 2015 09:52 (UTC)

Maybe Fëanor was playing a points-based system like GURPS, and needed to rack up a huge amount of disadvantages in order to buy his high-level skills and powers?

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 12th June 2015 14:13 (UTC)

Considering the contempt he's expressed for the Valar, it seems odd that he'd call upon them as witnesses for his oath.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 13th June 2015 11:35 (UTC)

There may be an element of "Hey Manwë? Watch this!" in there...

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