House of Fëanor

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House of Fëanor
Noble House
General Information
Other namesNos Fëanor (N)
The Dispossessed
FounderFëanor
LocationsTirion, Formenos, East Beleriand, Eregion
AffiliationGwaith-i-Mírdain, House of Finwë, Union of Maedhros
DestroyedS.A. 1697[note 1]
LanguagesFëanorian dialect (Exilic Quenya)
Sindarin
MembersSons of Fëanor, Celebrimbor
Physical Description
RaceNoldor
Hair colorBlack, red
WeaponrySword
HeirloomsSilmarils
GalleryImages of the House of Fëanor

On the House of Fëanor the wrath of the Valar lieth from the West unto the uttermost East, and upon all that will follow them it shall be laid also.

The House of Fëanor were the cursed descendants and followers of Fëanor, the eldest son of Finwë and his spouse Míriel.

History

Feanor & Sons by Angel Falto

Fëanor was one of the greatest, and certainly the most skilled, of the Noldor, but his burning anger at the loss of his Silmarils led him to commit acts that would greatly diminish the influence of his house among his people. As the heir of Finwë, his descendants (specifically Maedhros, his eldest son) should have inherited the Kingship of the Noldor, but because of Fëanor's rash acts, the lordship of the Noldor passed to his brothers: Finarfin in Aman, and Fingolfin in Middle-earth. For this reason, the members of the House of Fëanor are referred to as the Dispossessed.

The history of the House was a woeful one, and most of its members met an early end. Fëanor and six of his seven sons perished before the end of the First Age. His second son Maglor survived beyond the War of Wrath, wandering the shores of Middle-earth, but his fate is unknown. The last of the House was Fëanor's grandson Celebrimbor, the son of Curufin, who had a great part in the making of the Rings of Power, and was tortured to death by Sauron during the Second Age.

Genealogy

Mahtan
b. Y.T.
Míriel
d. Y.T. 1170
Finwë
d. Y.T. 1495
Nerdanel
b. Y.T.
FËANOR
Y.T. 1169 - 1497
Maedhros
d. F.A. 587
Maglor
b. Y.T.
Celegorm
d. F.A. 506
Caranthir
d. F.A. 506
Curufin
d. F.A. 506
Amrod
d. F.A. 538
Amras
d. F.A. 538
Celebrimbor
d. S.A. 1697

Other names

In the Etymologies, the Noldorin name of the House of Fëanor was Nos Fëanor (cf. nosse).[1]

Christopher Tolkien used the term "Fëanorians" for the followers of Fëanor many times in his notes and comments along The History of Middle-earth, probably just for practical reasons.[2] It is used like this by the fandom.

In the fourth stanza of the final form of the Eärendillinwë, Tolkien uses the word Fëanorians, though it is unclear if the term refers to the followers of Fëanor or the Sons of Fëanor.[3] Tolkien also uses the word Fëanorian, when discussing linguistic matters of Old Sindarin, to refer to the people of the House of Fëanor.[4]

Notes

  1. It is possible that Fëanor's second son Maglor survived beyond this date. He lived past the end of the First Age, wandering the shores of Middle-earth lamenting his lost Silmaril. It's at least conceivable that he lived on into the Second Age and beyond, but his fate is unknown.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part Two" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 46, July 2004, p. 6
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The History of Middle-earth Index, pp. 158-159
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "V. Bilbo's Song at Rivendell: Errantry and Eärendillinwë", pp. 102, 104
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), pg. 131