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| image=[[File:Felix Sotomayor - Silmarils.jpg|250px]]
 
| name=Silmarils
 
| name=Silmarils
| image=[[File:Felix Sotomayor - Silmarils.jpg|250px]]
 
| caption="Silmarils" by Felix Sotomayor
 
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| othernames=The Great Jewels, The Three Jewels, Jewels of Fëanor
 
| othernames=The Great Jewels, The Three Jewels, Jewels of Fëanor
| location=[[Formenos]], [[Angband]], [[Tol Galen]], [[Doriath]], [[Mouths of Sirion]]
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| owner=[[Fëanor]], [[Morgoth]], [[Thingol]], [[Beren]], [[Lúthien]], [[Dior]], [[Elwing]], [[Eärendil]], [[Eönwë]], [[Maedhros]], [[Maglor]]
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| location=[[Formenos]], [[Angband]], various
| type=Three jewels
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| ownedby=[[Fëanor]], [[Morgoth]], various
| appearance=Hard, bright crystals containing the light of the [[Two Trees of Valinor|Two Trees]]
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| maker=[[Fëanor]]
| creator=[[Fëanor]]
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| appearance=Hard, bright crystals that glow
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| references=''[[The Silmarillion]]''
| createdlocation=[[Tirion]]
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The '''Silmarils''' ([[Quenya]] '''''Silmarilli''''') were three gems of immense might and beauty.  
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The '''Silmarils''' ([[Quenya]] '''''Silmarilli''''')<ref name="elements"/><ref>{{App|Numenor}}</ref> were three gems of immense might and beauty.  
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==Description==
 
==Description==
 
The gems were crafted of the hard crystalline substance ''[[silima]]'', which [[Fëanor]] had devised, as their shell, and were named after it. In their heart burned some of the [[Light of Valinor]] from the [[Two Trees of Valinor|Two Trees]]. Their exact nature and manner of making the Silmarils were known only to Fëanor, and none other succeeded in making gems of comparable greatness and beauty. Varda hallowed the Silmarils so that no mortal or evil hands were allowed to touch them without being burned and withered.<ref name=unrest>{{S|7}}</ref>  
 
The gems were crafted of the hard crystalline substance ''[[silima]]'', which [[Fëanor]] had devised, as their shell, and were named after it. In their heart burned some of the [[Light of Valinor]] from the [[Two Trees of Valinor|Two Trees]]. Their exact nature and manner of making the Silmarils were known only to Fëanor, and none other succeeded in making gems of comparable greatness and beauty. Varda hallowed the Silmarils so that no mortal or evil hands were allowed to touch them without being burned and withered.<ref name=unrest>{{S|7}}</ref>  
  
But the Silmarils were tainted by arrogance and lust by anyone who desired them, starting with Morgoth, then Fëanor. As the [[Doom of Mandos]] proclaimed, it resulted in evil ends, such as the [[Fall of the Noldor]], the [[Oath of Fëanor]], [[Kinslaying (disambiguation)|Kinslayings]] and the destruction of [[Doriath]].
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But the Silmarils were tainted by arrogance and lust by anyone who desired them, starting with Morgoth, then Fëanor. As the [[Doom of Mandos]] proclaimed, it resulted in evil ends, such as the [[Fall of the Noldor]], the [[Oath of Fëanor]], [[Kinslaying]]s and the destruction of [[Doriath]].
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
The Silmarils were created by [[Fëanor]] in [[Valinor]] after the un[[chaining of Melkor]]. According to a legend, Fëanor conceived the idea of capturing the light of the trees from the hair of [[Galadriel]], which shone with gold and silver.<ref>{{UT|Galadriel}}</ref> Fëanor gave his heart to their making and could not duplicate them.  
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[[File:Alice Falto - Fëanor.jpg|thumb|left|[[Alice Falto]] - ''Feanor'']]
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The Silmarils were created by [[Fëanor]] in [[Valinor]] after the un[[chaining of Melkor]]. According to a legend, Fëanor conceived the idea of capturing the light of the trees from the hair of [[Galadriel]], which shone with gold and silver.<ref>{{UT|Galadriel}}</ref> Fëanorgave his heart to their making and could not duplicate them.  
  
 
Fëanor wore the jewels at festivals and the [[Eldar]] admired them. Melkor coveted their light and soon, corrupted by his lies, Fëanor started to lock them away, and became greedy for them. After Fëanor was exiled to [[Formenos]], the Silmarils were stored in a chamber of iron.<ref name=unrest/>
 
Fëanor wore the jewels at festivals and the [[Eldar]] admired them. Melkor coveted their light and soon, corrupted by his lies, Fëanor started to lock them away, and became greedy for them. After Fëanor was exiled to [[Formenos]], the Silmarils were stored in a chamber of iron.<ref name=unrest/>
  
 
Together with [[Ungoliant]], [[Morgoth|Melkor]] destroyed the Two Trees. The Silmarils now contained all that remained of the light of the Trees. The [[Valar]] entreated Fëanor to give up the Silmarils so they could restore the Trees, but he refused.
 
Together with [[Ungoliant]], [[Morgoth|Melkor]] destroyed the Two Trees. The Silmarils now contained all that remained of the light of the Trees. The [[Valar]] entreated Fëanor to give up the Silmarils so they could restore the Trees, but he refused.
===Theft by Beren===
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===Theft===
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Then news came: Melkor had killed Fëanor's father [[Finwë]], the King of the [[Noldor|Ñoldor]], and stolen all the gems. He and Ungoliant fled to the northlands of [[Middle-earth]], where his ancient [[Utumno|fortresses]] were, but they quarreled as the spider had devoured all the gems, and wanted also the Silmarils, something that Melkor, now named [[Morgoth|''Morgoth'']] by Fëanor, would not allow, even though their holy light burnt his hands and ceaselessly tormented him. The Silmarils were set on his [[Iron Crown]].
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Fëanor was furious at Melkor and at the Valar's perceived desire to take the gems for their own purposes, and, swearing that he and his sons would not rest until the Silmarils were recovered, he led the Ñoldor back to Middle-earth.  His flight, led to no end of grief for the Elves and eventually for the [[Men]] of Middle-earth. [[War of the Jewels|Five major battles]] were fought in [[Beleriand]], but ultimately the Ñoldor failed.
 
[[File:Anke Eißmann - Beren recovers a Silmaril.jpg|thumb|left|[[Anke Eißmann]] - ''Beren recovers a Silmaril'']]
 
[[File:Anke Eißmann - Beren recovers a Silmaril.jpg|thumb|left|[[Anke Eißmann]] - ''Beren recovers a Silmaril'']]
Then news came: Melkor had killed Fëanor's father [[Finwë]], the King of the [[Noldor|Ñoldor]], and stolen all the gems. He and Ungoliant fled to the northlands of [[Middle-earth]], where his ancient [[Utumno|fortresses]] were, but they quarrelled as the spider had devoured all the gems, and wanted also the Silmarils, something that Melkor, now named [[Morgoth|''Morgoth'']] by Fëanor, would not allow, even though their holy light burnt his hands and ceaselessly tormented him. The Silmarils were set on his [[Iron Crown]].
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The [[Sindar]]in King [[Thingol]] knew of the Silmarils from the Noldor. Wishing to dispose [[Beren]], he tasked him to [[Quest for the Silmaril|fetch one]] for the hand of his daughter. Impelled by his love for [[Lúthien]], Beren reached [[Angband]] through great peril and loss and recovered one, only for it to be swallowed by [[Carcharoth]]. The hallowed light tormented evil Carcharoth, until he was slain in the [[Hunting of the Wolf]]. The Silmaril thus was delivered to Thingol, fulfilling his Quest.<ref>{{S|Beren}}</ref>
 
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Fëanor was furious at Melkor and at the Valar's perceived desire to take the gems for their own purposes, and, swearing that he and his sons would not rest until the Silmarils were recovered, he led the Ñoldor back to Middle-earth.  His flight led to no end of grief for the Elves and eventually for the [[Men]] of Middle-earth. [[War of the Jewels|Five major battles]] were fought in [[Beleriand]], but ultimately the Ñoldor failed.
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The [[Sindar]]in King [[Thingol]] knew of the Silmarils from the Noldor. Wishing to dispose of [[Beren]], he tasked him to [[Quest for the Silmaril|fetch one]] for the hand of his daughter. Impelled by his love for [[Lúthien]], Beren reached [[Angband]] through great peril and loss and recovered one, only for it to be swallowed by [[Carcharoth]]. The hallowed light tormented evil Carcharoth, until he was slain in the [[Hunting of the Wolf]]. The Silmaril thus was delivered to Thingol, fulfilling his Quest.<ref>{{S|Beren}}</ref>
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===Doom of the Noldor===
 
===Doom of the Noldor===
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Years passed and the Silmaril passed to the hands of Elwing's husband, [[Eärendil]], the lord of the Havens of Sirion. His people considered the Silmaril to be a blessing for their houses and ships. But the sons of Fëanor still pursued the Silmaril and when they learned that Elwing escaped there, they made their demand in friendly terms, while Eärendil was absent in one of his voyages. But the people of Sirion refused to surrender it, considering it a rightful prize of Beren and Luthien. Therefore the Fëanorians resolved to [[Third Kinslaying|another assault]], but again, Elwing and the Nauglamir had escaped. With the help of [[Ulmo]], Elwing and the Silmaril ended up in the hands of Eärendil; it was its light that guided him through the [[Shadowy Seas]] and he found his way to Valinor. The Valar then set this Silmaril as a [[Star of Eärendil|Star]] and worn on his brow.<ref name=war>{{S|Earendil}}</ref>
 
Years passed and the Silmaril passed to the hands of Elwing's husband, [[Eärendil]], the lord of the Havens of Sirion. His people considered the Silmaril to be a blessing for their houses and ships. But the sons of Fëanor still pursued the Silmaril and when they learned that Elwing escaped there, they made their demand in friendly terms, while Eärendil was absent in one of his voyages. But the people of Sirion refused to surrender it, considering it a rightful prize of Beren and Luthien. Therefore the Fëanorians resolved to [[Third Kinslaying|another assault]], but again, Elwing and the Nauglamir had escaped. With the help of [[Ulmo]], Elwing and the Silmaril ended up in the hands of Eärendil; it was its light that guided him through the [[Shadowy Seas]] and he found his way to Valinor. The Valar then set this Silmaril as a [[Star of Eärendil|Star]] and worn on his brow.<ref name=war>{{S|Earendil}}</ref>
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[[File:Ted Nasmith - Maedhros Casts Himself into a Chasm.jpg|left|thumb|[[Ted Nasmith]] - ''Maedhros Casts Himself into a Chasm'']]
 
[[Image:Ted Nasmith - Maglor Casts a Silmaril into the Sea.jpg|thumb|[[Ted Nasmith]] - ''Maglor Casts a Silmaril into the Sea'']]
 
[[Image:Ted Nasmith - Maglor Casts a Silmaril into the Sea.jpg|thumb|[[Ted Nasmith]] - ''Maglor Casts a Silmaril into the Sea'']]
 
The other two gems remained in Morgoth's hands, and were taken from him only at the end of the [[War of Wrath]].  However, soon afterwards, they were stolen by Fëanor's two surviving sons [[Maedhros]] and [[Maglor]]. But because of their crimes in order to reclaim the jewels, they were unworthy of them, and the jewels burned their hands, in refusal of their rights of possession.  In agony, Maedhros threw himself and his Silmaril into a fiery pit, and Maglor threw his into the sea.<ref name=war/>  
 
The other two gems remained in Morgoth's hands, and were taken from him only at the end of the [[War of Wrath]].  However, soon afterwards, they were stolen by Fëanor's two surviving sons [[Maedhros]] and [[Maglor]]. But because of their crimes in order to reclaim the jewels, they were unworthy of them, and the jewels burned their hands, in refusal of their rights of possession.  In agony, Maedhros threw himself and his Silmaril into a fiery pit, and Maglor threw his into the sea.<ref name=war/>  
  
Thus the Silmarils remained in all three elements of Arda - in the sky, soil and water - fulfilling the prophecy made by [[Mandos]] shortly after the making of the gems.<ref name=unrest/>
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Thus the Silmarils remained in all three elements of Arda -- in the sky, soil and water --, fulfilling the prophecy made by [[Mandos]] shortly after the making of the gems. <ref name=unrest/>
  
It is said that Fëanor will return only for [[Dagor Dagorath]]. Following Melkor's final return and ultimate defeat, the World [[Arda Unmarred|will be changed]] and the Silmarils recovered. They will then be surrendered to [[Yavanna]], who will break them and use their light to revive the [[Two Trees of Valinor|Two Trees]]. The [[Pelóri|Pelóri Mountains]] will be flattened and the light of the Two Trees will fill Arda again in a new age of Eternal Bliss.<ref>{{SM|CQ19}}</ref>
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It is said that Fëanor will return only for [[Dagor Dagorath]], following Melkor's final return, and ultimate defeat, the World [[Arda Unmarred|will be changed]] and the Silmarils shall be recovered. And then be surrendered to [[Yavanna]] who will break them and with their light she will revive the [[Two Trees]]. The [[Pelóri|Pelóri Mountains]] will be flattened and the light of the Two Trees will fill Arda again in a new age of Eternal Bliss.<ref>{{SM|CQ19}}</ref>
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
The word is said to contain ''[[silima]]'', the substance they were made from<Ref name="elements">{{S|Elements}}, entry ''sil-''</ref> as well as an element from brightness, [[RIL]].<ref name=Ety/>
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The word is said to contain ''[[silima]]'', the substance they were made from<Ref>{{S|Elements}}</ref> as well as an element from brightness, [[RIL]].<ref name=Ety/>
  
 
They mean "radiance of pure light".<ref>{{L|148}}</ref> It might contain the ending ''rille'' "brilliance".<ref>{{VT|46}} p.11</ref>
 
They mean "radiance of pure light".<ref>{{L|148}}</ref> It might contain the ending ''rille'' "brilliance".<ref>{{VT|46}} p.11</ref>

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