Feanor, the mightiest of the children of Illuvatar. Blessed with unequalled talent, but also marred by a spirit that burned too hotly. Feanor created
the greatest works of elven craftsmanship, but he also caused the greatest tragedies of the elves.
Feanor was the eldest son of Finwe, and half-brother to Fingolfin and Finarfin. In the blessed realm he captured the light of the Two Trees of Valinor to make the Silmarils, those greatest of jewels. When Melkor stole these and murdered his father, Feanor swore a terrible oath with his seven sons that he would pursue anyone that came between him and the Great Jewels. The first evil seed of that oath was the kinslaying at Alqualonde, and the ensuing doom of the Noldor.
Feanor and his followers pursued Morgoth to Middle-earth and drove towards Angband at once. In a fey charge Feanor was slain by Gothmog the Lord of the balrogs, his like never to be seen again in Middle-earth.
It is hard, if not impossible, to find a character that makes a greater impact in Tolkiens mythology. The oath of Feanor shapes the destinies of elves and men from the First Age to the end of the Third Age. Who is he really this spirit of fire? What shaped him and drove him? How important were his mothers premature death and his following estrangement of his fathers new family? What good came of his deeds and what evils?
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