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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: As a whole it really is depending on whichever story you read.

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* BeingEvilSucks: By the end of the First Age, the surviving sons of Feanor have realized that their oath has brought nothing but pain and suffering to the world. They still feel compelled to try stealing the Silmarils, and they're completely miserable about it.


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* MeaninglessVillainVictory: In the end, [[spoiler:Maedhros and Maglor]] are finally able to succeed at [[spoiler:getting the Silmarils]]. The only problem is that [[spoiler:they've done so many terrible things along the way that the Silmarils burn them at the touch]], which leads to [[spoiler:Maedhros throwing one Silmaril, and himself, into a volcano and Maglor to throw the other Silmaril into the ocean.]]


* OurVampiresAreDifferent: They appear to be not undead, but rather a specific class of Maia, or perhaps mutated animals. Only one is named, Thuringwethil, Sauron's messenger, and only it's mentioned that she can take the form of a bat.

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: They appear to be not undead, but rather a specific class of Maia, or perhaps mutated animals. Only one is named, Thuringwethil, Sauron's messenger, and only it's only mentioned that she can take the form of a bat.

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** Subverted by Maglor, while an elf and thus immortal, who is forbidden ever return to Elvenhome. Which means ''he is still here amongst us''.

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* TheAloner: Maglor. Oh, poor Maglor, never allowed to return back to Undying Lands, forever lamenting his and his brothers' violent stupidity.


* RavenHairIvorySkin: Tolkien's wife Edith was a fair-skinned brunette, and apparently [[AuthorAppeal his own aesthetic preferences]] combined with what seem to be ancient Celtic standards of beauty[[labelnote:*]]most were probably dark-haired, not redheaded[[/labelnote]] to make this combination the most common for the really beautiful people. Elves, of course, are the most beautiful incarnates, very tall and ''always'' superhumanly healthy and physically perfect (unless they're maimed or something). And the great majority of elves have pale skin and black or dark brown hair. Some of them are especially emphasized for their dark-haired-pale-skinned beauty: Lúthien, the daughter of Melian the Maia and most beautiful woman in the world (and sort-of-avatar for Edith Tolkien), and her descendant Arwen in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.

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Tolkien's wife Edith was a fair-skinned brunette, and apparently [[AuthorAppeal his own aesthetic preferences]] combined with what seem to be ancient Celtic standards of beauty[[labelnote:*]]most were probably dark-haired, not redheaded[[/labelnote]] to make this combination the most common for the really beautiful people. Elves, of course, are the most beautiful incarnates, very tall and ''always'' superhumanly healthy and physically perfect (unless they're maimed or something). And the great majority of elves have pale skin and black or dark brown hair. Some of them are especially emphasized for their dark-haired-pale-skinned beauty: Lúthien, the daughter of Melian the Maia and most beautiful woman in the world (and sort-of-avatar for Edith Tolkien), and her descendant Arwen in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.



* RecycledINSPACE: Dagor Dagorath is Armageddon/Ragnarök [-IN MIDDLE-EARTH-]!

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Dagor Dagorath is Armageddon/Ragnarök [-IN MIDDLE-EARTH-]!

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* WorldOfBadass: We have Eru, The Valar with their Maiar, lots and lots of elves, men, and dwarves and even eagles are in it too!

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* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Túrin Turimbar, a black-haired, pale-skinned anti-hero who broods a lot and brings destruction on himself and the people he cares about.


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** Húrin and Morwen outlive their children Túrin and Niënor, as [[spoiler: Túrin and Niënor kill themselves after realizing that they accidentally committed incest.]]

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** [[AuthorVocabularyCalendar The word “doom” used to mean “destiny” appears all over the frickin' place in this book.]]


*** Túrin Turambar, a badass AntiHero DoomMagnet who was armed with a black sword and armor.

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*** Túrin Turambar, a badass AntiHero DoomMagnet who was armed with a black sword and armor. [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette He also had black hair and pale skin.]]



** A male example would be Túrin Turambar, a brooding anti-hero with black hair and pale skin who's described as being more handsome than any other mortal man.



** The fall of Númenor, also known as Akallabêth or Atalantë, is {{Atlantis}}'s destruction [-IN MIDDLE-EARTH-]!



* ScrewDestiny: Túrin attempts to overpower the curse laid against him by Morgoth through sheer willpower, even going so far as to give himself the name Turambar, "Master of Fate." Unfortunately, it really doesn't work out that well for him.

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* ScrewDestiny: Túrin attempts to overpower the curse laid against him by Morgoth through sheer willpower, even going so far as to give himself the name Turambar, "Master of Fate." Unfortunately, it really ''really'' doesn't work out that well for him.


** The chapter "Of Túrin Turambar" is further elaborated in the book ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'' (named ''Narn i-Chîn Húrin'' in Sindarin, or Grey Elven). ''Beren and Lúthien'' is [[http://www.ew.com/article/2016/10/19/jrr-tolkien-beren-and-luthien-2017 also to be released in book form in 2017]].

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** The chapter "Of Túrin Turambar" is further elaborated in the book ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'' (named ''Narn i-Chîn Húrin'' in Sindarin, or Grey Elven). ''Beren and Lúthien'' is was [[http://www.ew.com/article/2016/10/19/jrr-tolkien-beren-and-luthien-2017 also to be released in book form in 2017]].


** Thingol certainly counts as a {{Jerkass}} as well, sending Beren off on an impossible quest to get him killed and trying to get Morgoth to do his dirty work. Not to mention that if Morgoth didn't do the job, he would've had Beren killed himself! At least he would have at first, if Lúthien hadn't made him [[IGaveMyWord promise not to]]. When Morgoth ''didn't'' do the job and Beren returned, Thingol was actually so moved by his determination and love for Lúthien that he promptly did a HeelFaceTurn.

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** Thingol certainly counts as a {{Jerkass}} as well, sending Beren off on an impossible quest to get him killed and trying to get Morgoth to do his dirty work. Not to mention that if Morgoth didn't do the job, he would've had Beren killed himself! At least he would have at first, if Lúthien hadn't made him [[IGaveMyWord promise not to]]. When Morgoth ''didn't'' do the job and Beren returned, Thingol was actually so moved by his determination and love for Lúthien that he promptly did a HeelFaceTurn. Thingol later pulled another jerkass move when he refused to pay some dwarves for setting the Silmaril in some jewellery. This got him killed and ultimately led to Doriath being sacked by the sons of Feanor.

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* ObviousBeta: Tolkien died before he could complete the book, and it shows.[[note]]Christopher Tolkien had to piece together his father's (often incomprehensible) notes, which is why it was not until four years after JRR's death that the book was published.[[/note]] Pieces of the work make little sense [[FridgeLogic when looked at critically]] (if Anfauglith was 250 miles across, how did the orcs march across it in what seems like a matter of minutes?), and sometimes outright contradict each other (does Lammoth echo with Morgoth's voice? Or does it amplify the voices of anyone crying aloud there?). Then again, [[FridgeBrilliance this works in the book's favour somewhat, because the old legends it tries to imitate were often contradictory and larger-than-life]].


** Númenorean king Ar-Pharazon the Golden and his army, who remain interned in the Cave of the Forgotten in Valinor. Do not open till Dagor Dagorach!

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** Númenorean king Ar-Pharazon the Golden and his army, who remain interned in the Cave of the Forgotten in Valinor. Do not open till Dagor Dagorach!Dagorath!

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** Númenorean king Ar-Pharazon the Golden and his army, who remain interned in the Cave of the Forgotten in Valinor. Do not open till Dagor Dagorach!

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