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telain
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Mar 21 2013, 5:21pm


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What do you think was Feanorís purpose for creating such Jewels?

I think feanor is one of the first over-achievers. He had -- as described in the chapter -- grown to his full skill and power and I think he essentially created the Silmarils because he could. In that way, I think was a bit of a "mad scientist", in reference to a later question (though, I like the "tortured artist" image, too). He seems to me to be someone who is more than a little impulsive; he creates things without thought to what they might mean later on -- or of any consequences they might impart. I also find in this chapter that Feanor is far more reactive than I previously imagined -- reacting to Finwe, to Fingolfin, to Melkor. He really is that "burning coal pit" that sparks rather too easily!

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Do you think this is the point of Feanorís marriage to where he becomes estranged from him? Is Feanorís desire for his own works what causes Nerdanel to fade out of the story?

I think so, though I think she's been fading out of the picture for some time by this point.

If you had to choose a blacksmith who would you want making your swords and armor? Telchar? Feanor? Mahtan? Someone else?

I'd choose Mahtan, actually. I feel (insofar as I have a clear picture of his character!) he is the most "neutral" of the three and has the least amount of investment in weaponry/armour and might actually make something to suit me personally.

Was it part of Melkorís plan for the Elves to arm themselves? Do you think this could have been a somewhat fatal flaw in his design?

oh! Interesting question! Part of me says "no" and this was, shall we say "unforeseen" by Melkor, but another part of me thinks Melkor was hoping for it, but that they would more openly turn the weapons on themselves (i.e., the Noldor would essentially destroy one another along family lines/allegiances. Perhaps, then, it is somewhat fortunate that Finarfin and Fingolfin don't take on Feanor directly at this point. Certainly it seems some cooler heads prevailed...



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**Silmarillion Discussion Chapter 7: Of The Silmirals and the Unrest of the Noldor elevorn Send a private message to elevorn Mar 18 2013, 4:48pm
    My thoughts Finwe Send a private message to Finwe Mar 18 2013, 7:08pm
    Thoughts on Ch 7, Feanor and Family Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 19 2013, 8:34pm
    a few thoughts telain Send a private message to telain Mar 21 2013, 5:21pm
    maciliel-thoughts Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Mar 21 2013, 10:57pm
    Answers and more questions CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 24 2013, 3:24am
        And answering Your questions sador Send a private message to sador Mar 24 2013, 10:40am
            More questions CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 27 2013, 12:59am
                maciliel-thoughts Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Mar 27 2013, 3:21am
                    "Smart people don't start many bar fights. But stupid people don't build many hydrogen bombs." noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Mar 31 2013, 2:27pm
                oh, good question telain Send a private message to telain Mar 27 2013, 12:22pm
                Deep Elves elostirion74 Send a private message to elostirion74 Mar 27 2013, 10:48pm
                    Problems of creation playing out on a new level noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Mar 30 2013, 4:10pm
        Silmarils and creation ethic Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 26 2013, 7:35pm
            Great insights, Brethil CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 27 2013, 12:46am
                Great post CG Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 27 2013, 8:37pm
        interesting, curiousg Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Mar 27 2013, 3:41am
    Answering your questions sador Send a private message to sador Mar 24 2013, 9:27am
        Just to note that discussion of the next chapter has started noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Apr 9 2013, 11:24am
            very thoughtful addition Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Apr 9 2013, 2:04pm

 
 
 

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