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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 243 - Sword against sword

5th October 2015 (22:01)

in my mind the way this scene would actually play out is that Fëanor leaps aside in a breathtaking display of elven agility, grabs a torch from a nearby wall-holder, and advances back towards Galadriel holding it up so he can see her face clearly — rather than casually turning his back on her in the middle of a swordfight and wandering off! But the second is more funny.

Note that only the Noldor have swords, so before seeing her face Fëanor would work out that either she picked it up from a dead Noldo, or she's a Noldo (Ñoldië?) herself.

    Part 243 Sword against sword

    Next time: Part 244: Enemies are where you find them

    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: L'Ignota (lignota)
    Posted at: 5th October 2015 21:44 (UTC)
    one of those days

    I like how deadpan Feanor is about "She's fighting us, apparently." That made me laugh. And then he's just going to stop his fight with Galadriel and leave, because he's obsessively focused on the ships and he does not care.

    Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
    Posted at: 6th October 2015 09:47 (UTC)

    Thanks; I liked that line too when I thought of it. :)

    I agree; Fëanor is focussed on the ships, and catching up with Morgoth, and getting revenge; and he'll fight anyone who gets in his way — but as soon as you're no longer in his way, he'll stop caring about you. He's arrogant enough that he doesn't consider anybody else to be a threat to him, just an obstacle.

    On the other hand, the way I picture Fëanor's characterisation - he's got so used to coasting though life being effortlessly superior to everybody around him, that when he does meet someone who can match him on equal terms, even win against him in an equal fight, he finds it oddly satisfying and fascinating. It's why he fell in love with Nerdanel, because she was the only person who was ever able to win arguments against him!

    So I think he'll also be secretly pleased that Galadriel was able to match him blow for blow in a swordfight. He's impressed, and respects her for it even if his pride means he'd never, ever admit it to her face.

    Posted by: L'Ignota (lignota)
    Posted at: 6th October 2015 13:46 (UTC)
    one of those days

    That makes sense to me.

    Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
    Posted at: 6th October 2015 19:02 (UTC)

    Yay Galadriel actually gets to fight Feanor.

    I also like Maedhros reaction "We didn't attack innocent people" to me this speaks a lot about the moral compass of the Noldor at this point. Like little children they are so used to anything morally wrong (bad/evil) being the domain of monsters like Morgoth that they don't comprehend that they themselves could also commit "evil".

    Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
    Posted at: 7th October 2015 08:58 (UTC)

    Canon says that Galadriel was one of the strongest and most athletic of the Noldor in her youth, soi I thought it was reasonable that she'd be a match for Fëanor.

    Note that Fëanor doesn't respond directly to Maedhros's comment, but evades it. I think he's less naive than his son.

    On the other hand, I do think that Maedhros and his brothers were focussed on the ships, and those actively defending them. As I've imagined it, it was a comparatively small number of their followers who lost control due to terror and bloodlust and adrenaline, and went on a killing rampage through the streets - the two Noldor Galadriel met were of that nature.

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