Sil Study Ch9 Feb 24, 2006 2:39:59 GMT -6
Post by Androga Erindalant on Feb 24, 2006 2:39:59 GMT -6
Sil Ch9: Of the Flight of the Noldor
A great crowd gathered at the Ring of Doom. The Two Trees were dead, and Yavanna could not remake them, as it was a work of only one time. But the light of the Trees endured within Fëanor’s Silmarils. If Yavanna could use the light of the Silmarils, she could heal the Two Trees. Fëanor refused however. Soon afterwards a messenger came to tell Melkor had assaulted Formenost, killed Finwë and taken the Silmarils. Since then Fëanor called Melkor Morgoth.
Morgoth ran to the north and crossed the Helcaraxë, the strait of ice between the lands of Valinor and Middle-earth. He couldn’t excape from Ungoliant, who still was hungry for treasure. Morgoth refused to give her the Silmarils. But Ungoliant had become taller, and she caught Morgoth in her webs. He cried. His cry was heard by the Balrogs still hidden in Angband, and they helped their master and drove Ungoliant away.
After Morgoth’s escape, Fëanor summoned the Noldor to Tirion. He claimed kingship over all Noldor, as his father was dead, and stirred the people up to leave Valinor. He and his sons swore they would pursuit anyone who kept a Silmaril. Fingolfin and Finarfin opposed his decision, yet followed him, as they didn’t want to abandon their people. When they passed the gates of Tirion, a messenger from the Valar arrived.
Fëanor first led the Noldor to the North, tracing Morgoth’s footsteps. But The Elves would never make it through Helcaraxë. Instead, Fëanor went to the harbours of the Teleri. But the Teleri didn’t want to join him, nor lend him out their ships. So he took them by force. There was a great battle, in which many were killed. Still, the Noldor escaped and arrived at the borders of Araman. Then another Mandos came to them. He told them the Valar would shut down Valinor for them if they left, and forsaw that Fëanor’s oath would betray them all. He warned them they would be killed and that their spirits would go to his halls. Fëanor persisted however, and Fingolfin wanted to protect the people from his brother’s deeds. Only Finarfin returned with a few Elves, and they were pardoned.
Close to Helcaraxë, Fëanor kept a debate on what they would do. There were too few ships to transport them all, but nobody wanted to stay behind to wait while others were sailed over first. Finally, Fëanor and his sons gathered everyone loyal to them during the night, and sailed off in silence. When they reached Middle-earth, they burnt down the ships. Fingolfin knew he was betrayed. He was anxious to confront Fëanor, so he still led his people over Helcaraxë, where many of them died. When they reached the other side, the light of the first Moon shined.