A Tolkien Virgin: Of the Return of the Noldor - The Journey Continues

Of the Return of the Noldor

So much happens in this chapter that I can't comment on all of it. But, if I had to choose one thing that sticks with me the most from this chapter, it is Fingon's rescue of Maedhros from Thangorodrim. It's such a beautiful story. I actually got a little misty eyed when Manwe more than answered the prayer of Fingon--saving the life of Maedhros by sending Thorondor to Fingon's aid. It's heart rending (in a good way) to know that Manwe had not given up on the Noldor entirely. It's a story of mercy which touches me deeply.

You know, it's these brief, more personal stories of Tolkien's that I enjoy most. This leads me to believe that I will very much enjoy Tolkien's other books that I suspect will be written more in this style. For, as much as I'm eager to learn what happens next in this epic history, Tolkien is blatant about the fact that Morgoth succeeds in reeking all out disaster upon Belariand in his foreshadowing. So, as addicted to the Silmarillion as I am, knowing (what I believe to be ) the end of the story is a significant detraction from my enjoyment of the book as a whole.

Two things to pick on: I was incredibly surprised that Fingolfin and his people who had to traverse the Helcaraxe were so ready to forgive Faenor's sons and their people for abandoning them. True, Fingon's feat was amazing, but that doesn't really right the wrong. If Maethros had rescued Fingon, one of the offenders saving the life of one of the wronged, it would make more sense. How does the rescue of Maethros bring the two factions together so neatly? I know their's some troublesome sediment beneathe the surface, but still, a lot of people suffered and died in the crossing of the Helcaraxe. The second thing to pick on: I'm a bit unsatisfied by Glaurung's sudden appearance. Knowing that Morgoth couldn't create dragons from nothing, I can't help but wonder what Morgoth perverted to "make" him.

That's all for now.

Till next time, keep thinking,

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