Sil Study CH 6 Sept 19, 2005 13:34:02 GMT -6
Post by Androga Erindalant on Sept 19, 2005 13:34:02 GMT -6
Sil Ch6: Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor
Valinor was in the fullness of its glory now the Three Kindreds of the Eldar were gathered there and Melkor was chained. The Eldar got fully grown in body and spirit then. Also Finwë’s most beloved son Fëanor was born in that time. Míriel was the name of his mother, and she had a surpassing skill in weaving and needlework. But Fëanor’s birth consumed most of her body and spirit, and she told Finwë she would never bear a child again. Finwë was sad to hear this, as he wanted many children, and he asked Manwë for advice. Manwë delivered Míriel to the care of Irmo in Lórien, but as she went to sleep in his gardens, her spirit left to the Halls of Mandos. Finwë gave most of his love to his son after her passing. Fëanor grew quickly and he became the most skilled of all the Noldor. He wedded Merdanel, the daughter of the great smith Mahtan, and she gave him seven sons. Finwë now took a second wife. She was Indis the Fair, a Vanya, whom Finwë loved greatly. She gave him two sons: Fingolfin and Finarfin. But Fëanor wasn’t pleased by this wedding, and he didn’t love Indis much, nor her two sons.
The Noontide of Valinor came closer to its end as three ages had passed and Melkor was released from his prison. He was brought before Manwë again, and there he humiliated himself and asked for forgiveness. He promised he would help the Valar to heal the many wounds he had caused. But he was jealous when he looked to the glory of the Valar and the Children of Ilúvatar, and hid those thoughts for Manwë while waiting for the good time to take revenge. Manwë believed Melkor was cured of evil and granted him pardon, but made him remain within the gates of Valmar still. The Noldor were glad of all the knowledge Melkor could provide them, and they learned many new skills of him. Fëanor however hated Melkor most of all the Eldar, and he didn’t took any advice from him, but he also was caught in Melkor’s webs.