The Silmarillion for People Who Don't Want to Read It, Part 6: The Unchaining of Melkor, the Making of the Silmarils, and the Unrest of the Noldor

THIS IS THE BIT WHERE IT ALL GETS INTERESTING OKAY. BEFORE THIS IT WAS JUST KIND OF A BACKGROUND BUT HERE WE START TO GET INTO THE MAIN EVENTS. ENJOY.

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Now around this time, the Valar brought forth Melkor from prison, for his tenure had ran out and it he could sue for pardon as Manwë had promised. This he did, and Manwë was fooled and granted it to him*, but in reality Melkor had no intention of becoming good. But he pretended he did so as to fool his enemies and gain footing and authority in the Aman community, and he befriended Elves and Valar alike and advised them well in matters that troubled them. Soon he used his influence to spread lies, determined that he should break the friendship between the Elves and Valar. He whispered that the Elves could have ruled kingdoms mighty in Middle-earth, but the Valar had taken them to Aman out of jealousy of their beauty and fear the Elves would grow too powerful for them to govern. He also whispered that the Valar intended to set up Mortal Men in Middle-earth to have the land the Elves could have had. Most heeded not these words, but some did, and spread them quietly, and rumors were enlarged and branched off of other rumors, and Melkor's evil sowing was not without evil fruit. For soon the Elves began to murmur against the Valar, and the peace of Valinor was poisoned.

Around this time, Fëanor crafted the single most beautiful things that have ever existed and ever will. He captured some of the light of the Two Trees in three beautiful gems, and they shone with an inner fire and divine light unsurpassed, and they were made of living light and totally unbreakable.** They were called the Silmarills.***

Valar and Elves alike were amazed by this work of Fëanor, and Varda took the gems and hallowed them so that no hands unclean could ever touch them. Very few hands touched them anyway, however, because Fëanor guarded them secretively and obsessively, and his love for them was greedy, and he begrudged the sight of them to all but his father and sons. And no one was more eager than Fëanor to abandon Valinor and travel to Middle-earth, seek out new lands and their own kingdoms.

Soon, more deceitful rumors reached Fëanor's ears, rumors that Fingolfin and his sons desired to overthrow Finwë and Fëanor and become the rulers of the Noldor. Fëanor began to speak open words of rebellion against the Valar, saying he would depart to Middle-earth and deliver from slavery all those who wished to go with him. This finally alerted the Valar to the dissent that had been spreading through the Noldor under their very noses for a while, and they quickly summoned Fëanor to a council to answer for his actions. In questioning him, they determined that Melkor was behind it all, though Fëanor was not guiltless. As punishment, they banished Fëanor from Tirion for twelve years. He took his sons and father up to the north and created a mighty fortress, deep within which he hid the Silmarils.

Now Melkor, knowing that his devices had been revealed, took the shape of a dark cloud and disappeared from Valinor for a long time. However, eventually he came to Fëanor's fortress in the north, feigning friendship if only Fëanor would lead the Noldor out of Valinor. "Behold the truth of all that I have spoken. I have ever been friends to the Noldor. If you will lead the people out of thralldom, I would aid you." Then he added, "For though this is a strong fortress, do not think the Silmarils will lie safe anywhere in Aman!"

But that touched a nerve in Fëanor, and he saw through Melkor's lies and straight to his desire for the Silmarils, and he slammed his doors in Melkor's face. And Melkor departed in black anger, and worried Finwë sent a message to the Valar of all that had occurred.

But by the time the messenger arrived and the Valar got on the case, Melkor was long gone, and it was said he had vanished into the far North of Middle-earth.

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Oooooh it's getting excitiiiing. *rubs hands together evilly*

WELL I THINK THAT'S ALL FOR TODAY.

PLANT A TREE.

HUG A DWARF.

AND REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE ALL VERY BEAUTIFUL PICKLES.

Namarië,
Ellie

*PROBABLY THE SINGLE MOST STUPID THING ANYONE EVER DOES IN THIS ENTIRE BOOK.

**There is some fan debate about whether or not the Arkenstone might be one of these, lost to the ages and then rediscovered. Of course, as it was rediscovered by Dwarves, who know nothing of the lore of Elves, and likely an Elf never laid eyes on it, (no, Thranduil does not count. Just because he visited Erebor in the movies does not mean he did in the books. In fact, it is very doubtful he ever did in the books. And even then, as he was Sindar, he may not have known what the Silmarils were or even believed they existed.), and it was reburied with Thorin's body shortly after it was found, it may have never been known to anyone that it was a Silmaril. Furthermore, it seems to have had the same effects on Thorin as it did on Fëanor, and it is described in a very similar way. What do you think?

***Kind of where the book got its name, if you didn't notice.

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