Ch:Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor
|Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor|
|Author||J. R. R. Tolkien|
This chapter tells of how the sons of Finwë were born and how Melkor was released from his bondage in the depths of Mandos.
 Plot Summary
 The Birth of Fëanor
The Eldar came to Valinor while Melkor was chained. The days spent then in the Blessed Realm were the most glorious and fruitful of all its days. It said: "The Eldar became full-grown in body and stature of body and mind." The Noldor developed a written language. They had reached a great height in knowledge and craft. It was the Noontide of the Blessed Realm. Curufinwë was born upon the crown of Túna, Finwë's first son. His mother Míriel called him Fëanor, Spirit of Fire. Bearing and giving birth to Fëanor had been a heavy burden on his mother, and drained much of her life. She grew weak and was carried to Irmo's care in Lórien. There, while resting, she died.
 Fingolfin and Finarfin
The Noldor wept for their lost queen, especially Finwë, because he had so much love for her. Thus, all of his love went to Fëanor. As Fëanor grew, he learned many things and became the most skilled in craft and language of all the Noldor. He had an undying spirit for creation, and from this, came pride. Finwë later married one of the Vanyar, Indis, and she had two more sons, Fingolfin and Finarfin. Fëanor never much loved Indis or his half-brothers. He kept to himself in exploring Aman and perfecting his skills in craft.
 The Release of Melkor
Melkor's term in prison was served, and he was again brought before the Valar. When he saw the splendor of Valinor, its children, and all its treasures, he felt a deep anger and envy, but he hid these feelings. Melkor asked to be released and said that he would help the Valar contruct and heal the damage done in the War of the Powers. Manwë released him from his punishment, but he would have to remain under the watch of the Valar. Manwë believed that the evil of Melkor was gone, but he did not understand the nature of evil, thinking of how he and Melkor were of the same race before Arda was made. Melkor hated the Elves the most, because he blamed their advent for his downfall, and because they lived blissfully. The Vanyar did not trust him. The Teleri seemed useless to Melkor, but with the skill and prestige of the Noldor, Melkor saw a chance for corruption and manipulation. So he begin his great hoax of mingling with the Eldar and betraying their trust.