Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor

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The Silmarillion chapters
  1. Ainulindalë
  2. Valaquenta
  3. Quenta Silmarillion
    1. Of the Beginning of Days
    2. Of Aulë and Yavanna
    3. Of the Coming of the Elves
    4. Of Thingol and Melian
    5. Of Eldamar
    6. Of Fëanor
    7. Of the Silmarils
    8. Of the Darkening of Valinor
    9. Of the Flight of the Noldor
    10. Of the Sindar
    11. Of the Sun and Moon
    12. Of Men
    13. Of the Return of the Noldor
    14. Of Beleriand and its Realms
    15. Of the Noldor in Beleriand
    16. Of Maeglin
    17. Of the Coming of Men
    18. Of the Ruin of Beleriand
    19. Of Beren and Lúthien
    20. Of the Fifth Battle
    21. Of Túrin Turambar
    22. Of the Ruin of Doriath
    23. Of the Fall of Gondolin
    24. Of the Voyage of Eärendil
  4. Akallabêth
  5. Of the Rings of Power

Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor is the sixth chapter of the Quenta Silmarillion section within The Silmarillion.


Fëanor mourning Míriel by Steamey

There was much glory and bliss during the days of the Noontide of Valinor. In those days the Noldor learned great skill of craftsmanship, and Rúmil of Tirion first created signs for writing. The son of Finwë and Miriel was also born during this time. He was called Fëanor. However, after the birth of Fëanor, Míriel was consumed in body and spirit, and longed for release from life. Finwë was troubled, and Míriel departed to Lórien, where it was hoped she would find healing and rest. But even as she lay down to sleep, her spirit left her body and came to the Halls of Mandos, and Finwë grieved the loss of his wife.

He afterwards devoted all of his love to his son Fëanor, who grew to be mightiest among the Noldor in body and mind. Fëanor became skilled in the making of gems and bright jewels. He was wedded to Nerdanel, whose father Mahtan taught him much of the working of metal and stone. To Fëanor Nerdanel bore seven sons.

Now Finwë the father of Fëanor wedded Indis, his second wife, and was happy again. But Fëanor cared little for Indis, or for her sons, Fingolfin and Finarfin, and there was division between them. It came to pass that Melkor was granted pardon, and was released to dwell in Valmar, having served his term. For Manwë perceived not the evil that remained in Melkor's heart, though not all the Valar were deceived. And Melkor afterwards feigned friendship with the Noldor, teaching them much. Many were eager to learn what he taught, but Fëanor despised him most among the Eldalië.

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