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{{quote|...they were made of old in [[Valinor]], and neither wind nor water could quench them, and when they were unhooded they sent forth a clear blue light from a flame imprisoned in white crystal.|''[[Unfinished Tales]]'', [[Of Tuor and his coming to Gondolin]]}}
 
{{quote|...they were made of old in [[Valinor]], and neither wind nor water could quench them, and when they were unhooded they sent forth a clear blue light from a flame imprisoned in white crystal.|''[[Unfinished Tales]]'', [[Of Tuor and his coming to Gondolin]]}}
  
'''Fëanorian lamps''' appear mainly in the story [[Of Tuor and his coming to Gondolin]]. They are described as lamps that gave blue radiance from a flame trapped within a white crystal. These lamps were made in [[Valinor]] and the light from these lamps can not be quenched by wind or water. Even though [[Noldor]] were famous for these lamps, their secret was lost to them. Gelmir of [[Finarfin]]'s people had one of these lamps in his possession at his meeting with [[Tuor]].
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'''Fëanorian lamps''' were lamps which emitted a blue light from a flame from within a white crystal. They are described as "crystals hung in a fine chain net, the crystals being ever shining with an inner blue radiance". The lamps were created in [[Valinor]] and the flame was unable to be extinguished by wind or water. The [[Noldor]] were famous for the flames, but unfortunately the craft was lost with them. [[Gelmir]] had in possession one of these lamps when he met with [[Tuor]].
  
Another instance when this lamp make an appearance in [[Tolkien]]'s writings is in the story of Narn i Chîn Húrin where [[Gwindor]], an elf who escaped from [[Angband]] had possession of this Noldorin lamp. When [[Beleg Cúthalion]] was slain by [[Túrin]], it was from the light of this lamp that Turin was revealed that he had slain his friend Beleg. But in the published version of [[The Silmarillion]] there is no occurrence of Fëanorian lamps.
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==Other versions of the legendarium==
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While there is no reference to the lamps in ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', in earlier versions of the story of [[Túrin Turambar]], [[Gwindor]] of [[Nargothrond]] escaped from [[Angband]] and was found by [[Beleg Strongbow]] in the forest of [[Taur-nu-Fuin]] with one of these lamps. [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] illustrated this scene, the painting is published in ''[[Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien]]'' (1979), no. 37. It was also the shining of a Fëanorian lamp which revealed to Túrin the face of his friend Beleg whom he had slain.
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
* ''[[Unfinished Tales]]'', [[Of Tuor and his coming to Gondolin]]
 
* ''[[Unfinished Tales]]'', [[Of Tuor and his coming to Gondolin]]
 
* ''[[Unfinished Tales]]'', [[Narn I hîn Húrin]], Appendix
 
* ''[[Unfinished Tales]]'', [[Narn I hîn Húrin]], Appendix
 
===External link===
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%ABanorian_lamp Fëanorian lamp] at Wikipedia
 
  
 
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"...they were made of old in Valinor, and neither wind nor water could quench them, and when they were unhooded they sent forth a clear blue light from a flame imprisoned in white crystal."
Unfinished Tales, Of Tuor and his coming to Gondolin

Fëanorian lamps were lamps which emitted a blue light from a flame from within a white crystal. They are described as "crystals hung in a fine chain net, the crystals being ever shining with an inner blue radiance". The lamps were created in Valinor and the flame was unable to be extinguished by wind or water. The Noldor were famous for the flames, but unfortunately the craft was lost with them. Gelmir had in possession one of these lamps when he met with Tuor.

Other versions of the legendarium

While there is no reference to the lamps in The Silmarillion, in earlier versions of the story of Túrin Turambar, Gwindor of Nargothrond escaped from Angband and was found by Beleg Strongbow in the forest of Taur-nu-Fuin with one of these lamps. J.R.R. Tolkien illustrated this scene, the painting is published in Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien (1979), no. 37. It was also the shining of a Fëanorian lamp which revealed to Túrin the face of his friend Beleg whom he had slain.

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