Lord Of All the Noldor

fin_morg_battleI want to pause the regularly unscheduled programming and pay tribute to one of the greatest heroes of all science-fiction/fantasy non-history: Fingolfin of the Noldor from The Silmarillion. The Silmarillion is a collection of Tolkien’s historical texts telling the creation of the world of Arda and the tales of the elves and men leading up to The Hobbit.

Fingolfin is the second son of Finwë, the first High King of the Noldor and father of the three Noldorian houses; he is half-brother of Fëanor, one of the most achieved of the elves in history. Fingolfin stands out as an incredible figure among these more legendary elves because of his tenacity and courage in the face of absolute doom. Fëanor and Fingolfin led a large host of elves into Middle-Earth, away from Valinor, the immortal lands, and waged war with Morgoth, the greatest evil and most powerful dweller in Arda, equal in individual power only to Manwë – essentially demi-Gods only less powerful than Ilúvatar (the One god).

After Dagor Bragollach (The Battle of Sudden Flame) where Morgoth and his army of balrogs, orcs and dragons devastated the elven forces, Fingolfin, filled with absolute rage, rode up to the gates of Angband, the evil demi-god’s stronghold, and challenged Morgoth to a duel to the death. Fingolfin’s rage and cry for Morgoth’s blood was so great that the god trembled and came out only to keep from being shamed among his evil creations for refusing the duel. A single elf stood in single combat with a veritable god and wounded him before the god got the upper hand and destroyed Fingolfin.

The Silmarillion is a collection of historical texts filled with great stories and legendary battles and heroes and while there are many other heroes worthy of admiration, as far as fantastical heroes deserve, Fingolfin is by far my favorite of all.

I’m excited about the idea of a The Hobbit move being made but what I really want is a premium cable series putting The Silmarillion into action. Until then, we’ll have to put up with Lord of the Rings footage for amateur music videos:

Blind Guardian–Nightfall In Middle-Earth–Time Stands Still (At Iron Hill)
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