Sil Study Ch 13 Jan 27, 2007 5:08:28 GMT -6
Post by Androga Erindalant on Jan 27, 2007 5:08:28 GMT -6
Sil Ch13: Of the Return of the Noldor
Fëanor and his sons arrived in Beleriand at Lammoth, from where they continued to Hithlum and the lake Mithrim. Their cries were heard by many, including Morgoth’s Orcs. When Fëanor’s army set camp, it was attacked before all preparations were made. Yet Morgoth had underestimated the Noldor. His Orcs were driven back, including those armies coming from the havens of the Falas who joined the battle. It was the second of great wars in Beleriand. In his rage, Fëanor continued further to Angband itself. Yet when he got separated from his army he was defeated by Gothmog, Lord of Balrogs. His sons could save him, yet his wounds were fatal. He died after he asked his sons to keep his oath. After Fëanor’s death, Morgoth sent an embassy to negotiate. Maedhros, Fëanor’s eldest son, accepted, though he left with a great force. Yet Morgoth had laid an ambush and Maedhros was captured. By a chain on his right arm he was hung onto a cliff at the Thangorodrim.
After a hard journey over the Grinding Ice, Fingolfin arrived in Beleriand, at the First Moon. At the arrival of the First Sun the Orcs fled deep into Angband, so he could march unhampered to the fortress itself. Yet he recognized its strength and retreated to Mithrim, where he found the sons of Fëanor. There was little love for them though, because of the great peril they had endured, while the Noldor of Fëanor’s army felt shame. It was Fingon, son of Fingolfin, who restored peace between the two factions. Fingon went to Angband on his own, in search for Maedhros, while he was covered by smoke that Morgoth himself cast into the sky. With the aid of the Eagle Thorondor he could free Maedhros by cutting his hand. When both princes returned, Maedhros pleaded for foregiveness and passed kingship over to Fingolfin, who then became King of all Noldor in Beleriand.
Thingol was suspicious to see many powerful princes in Beleriand. Safe for the descendants of Finarfin he let no one into Doriath. He left the northern lands to the Noldor however. The Noldor had a council, and not all sons of Fëanor were happy. Yet to keep peace, Maedhros led his brothers to the east, where they settled around the hill Himring. Thus they could watch Angband from both the east and the west.
For a time there was happiness in Beleriand. Morgoth was locked behind his gates, and during the feast Mereth Aderthad many alliances and friendships were made. Yet Shadow still threatened from the north. Both Fingon and Turgon were warned for it in their dreams by Ulmo. While pondering on it, Fingon visited Menegroth, the halls of Thingol, and he was impressed by its strength. So he began a city of his own, called Nargothrond, which was built to Menegroth’s example. Turgon in his stead was finally led by Ulmo to the hidden valley of Tumladen, where he desired to build a city like Tirion in Valinor.
At times, Morgoth would sent out armies to test the watch of the Noldor. The third great battle was among these, when Morgoth sent out great hosts to the Pass of Sirion and through the land of Maglor. Yet the Orcs were driven back. It was also the time of Glaurung’s first appearance. The beast had still been young and vulnerable, so he could be driven back. Yet Morgoth was unpleased since the Dragon had revealed himself too soon. After this incident a peace endured, in which Beleriand grew rich.