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Fëanorian lamps

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Fëanorean lamps
Derivation of NameFëanor, Prince of the Noldor
LocationValinor, later Middle-earth
Owned byNoldor
MakerFëanor (inventor)
AppearanceBlue flame in a white crystal
ReferencesOf Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin, Narn i Chîn Húrin
"...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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