‘Now the Three Kindreds of the Eldar were gathered at last in Valinor, and Melkor was chained. This was the Noontide of the Blessed Realm, the fullness of its glory and its bliss, long in tale of years, but in memory too brief.’ (The Silmarillion)
A shadow begins to creep across the Blessed Realm. Fëanor, Spirit of Fire, is born, consuming the strength of his mother and monopolising the love of his father. In the pursuit of all his purposes eager and steadfast. Few ever changed his courses by counsel, none by force. Then the Valar release Melkor from his bonds, thinking him cured of evil. Finally, Fëanor, creates the most wondrous and awesome of all the works of the Elves, the three Silmarils.
Much of the history of Middle Earth is wrapped up in these events, from which many joys and great sorrows will come. Was Manwë naive to believe that Melkor was cured of all evil? What affect did the loss of his mother have on Fëanor? Did Melkor teach Fëanor to make the Silmarils? These questions and more will be discussed this weekend in #thehalloffire as we continue our study of The Silmarillion with R20;The History of the Silmarils; Chapter 6 – Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor and Chapter 7 – Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor.
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