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* UnbuiltTrope: While most contemporary DarkFantasy has arisen from the HypeBacklash against Tolkien's work and critics are quick to blame him for HighFantasy's typical BlackAndWhiteMorality, ''The Silmarillion'' shows his world in a very different light. Violent, morally ambiguous antiheroes? Check. Black and Grey (though still a little bit of white) morality? Check. Hypocritical, brutal, imperialist elves who'd give [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire the Lannisters]] nightmares? Check. Sexual themes like incest? Check. Dead kids? Check. Downer Ending? Oh boy, yes.

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* UnbuiltTrope: While most contemporary DarkFantasy has arisen from the HypeBacklash against Tolkien's work and critics are quick to blame him for HighFantasy's typical BlackAndWhiteMorality, ''The Silmarillion'' shows his world in a very different light. Violent, morally ambiguous antiheroes? Check. Black and Grey (though still a little bit of white) morality? Check. Hypocritical, brutal, imperialist elves who'd give [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire the Lannisters]] nightmares? Check. Sexual themes like rape and incest? Check. Dead kids? Check. Downer Ending? Oh boy, yes.


**Morgoth's entire existence. His ultimate goal, to destroy everyone and everything that wasn't created by himself, was "nihilistic madness" as Tolkien put it; even if he had succeeded in reducing everything to primordial chaos he would have gone on raging, because even the chaos was created by Eru.



* GenderBlenderName: Annatar, Lord of Gifts. Anna is a Finnish female name that may or may not come from the word "antaa" (to give, or "Anna!" for an imperative). The suffix "-tar" is literally "Lady of-". And as a bonus it's Sauron masquerading as a beautiful man.

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* GenderBlenderName: Annatar, Lord of Gifts. Anna is a Finnish female name that may or may not come from the word "antaa" (to give, or "Anna!" for an imperative). The suffix "-tar" is literally "Lady the androgynous "Lord/Lady of-". And as a bonus it's Sauron masquerading as a beautiful man.


* BattleCry: Usually given in [[ConLang Quenya]]. During his LastStand, Húrin's is "Aurë Entuluva!" ("Day shall come again!"). [[note]] Compare to ''Aurinko on tuleva!'' (Sun shall come again!) in Finnish language.[[/note]]
** An IronicEcho of the Elves' battlecry at the opening of the battle: ''Utulie'n aure!'' "The day has come!"

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* BattleCry: Usually given in [[ConLang Quenya]]. During his LastStand, Húrin's is "Aurë Entuluva!" ''Aurë Entuluva!'' ("Day shall come again!"). [[note]] Compare to ''Aurinko on tuleva!'' (Sun shall come again!) in Finnish language.[[/note]]
** An IronicEcho of the Elves' battlecry at the opening of the battle: ''Utulie'n aure!'' "The aurë!'' ("The day has come!"come!)"

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** An IronicEcho of the Elves' battlecry at the opening of the battle: ''Utulie'n aure!'' "The day has come!"

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** The Silmarillion as a whole, barring DeusExMachina: after six centuries of war, the Noldor and their Sindarin and Mannish allies have been utterly defeated, their cities and strongholds laid waste, and only a wretched handful of survivors are left hiding in seaside marshes. Good thing Eärendil succeeded in bringing down the Wrath of the Gods-- which nonetheless obliterated the entire land of Beleriand, and the Silmarils were ''still'' lost.

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*JerkassHasAPoint: Fëanor's accusations on the lethargy of Valar and the pig-headedness and reluctance from aiding the Noldor of the Teleri are perfectly valid. Manwë showed indecision and weakness, and inability to protect the Noldor Elves from Morgoth, and they refused to help them to repossess the Silmarils from Morgoth.
** Also the Númenoreans on protesting against the Ban of Valar. Why didn't the Valar simply allow the Men to experience the consequences first hand? Instead they set up a ForbiddenFruit.

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* RaisedByRival: The twin children Elrond and Elros are taken in by Maedhros and Maglor, who in relentless pursuit of the silmaril assault a refugee settlement. During the bloodshed their mother Elwing is driven into the sea and only saved by DivineIntervention; she had already once fled the brothers in her youth, when they attacked the Kingdom of Doriath and killed her parents. Tolkien doesn't give many details on the twins' upbringing, save that it was apparently a happy one.

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* TheManBehindTheMan: Towards the end of Numenor, Ar-Pharazon was the mightiest tyrant that the world had seen since the reign of Morgoth, but secretly Sauron ruled all from behind the throne.


** Maeglin. He was very antagonistic to all mortal men he knew (Húrin, Huor, Tuor). And is in love with his cousin so much that he is happy to [spoiler: betray Gondolin for her. He could have warned Turgon that his city was about to be destroyed,] but did he? No. He also didn't seem to care when his father was executed.

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** Maeglin. He was very antagonistic to all mortal men he knew (Húrin, Huor, Tuor). And is in love with his cousin so much that he is happy to [spoiler: [[spoiler: betray Gondolin for her. He could have warned Turgon that his city was about to be destroyed,] destroyed,]] but did he? No. He also didn't seem to care when his father was executed.

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** Maeglin. He was very antagonistic to all mortal men he knew (Húrin, Huor, Tuor). And is in love with his cousin so much that he is happy to [spoiler: betray Gondolin for her. He could have warned Turgon that his city was about to be destroyed,] but did he? No. He also didn't seem to care when his father was executed.

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* OurHumansAreDifferent: Humans and elves are very similar races, created by Illuvatar and referred to as His children. In the beginning, humans were like elves in strength and stature, but this changed later as the world aged. The most crucial difference between elves and men is that men are mortal, and elves are [[TheAgeless immortal]], as well as the destinations of their souls -- elves linger in the physical world as spirits if killed, while human souls depart it entirely for Illuvatar's Halls.

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* EvilVersusOblivion: Morgoth and Ungoliant's alliance falls apart partly because Morgoth wants to [[TakeOverTheWorld rule the world]], whereas Ungoliant wants to devour everything. Needless to say, their mutually exclusive goals start a fight, one which Ungoliant nearly wins until the balrogs come to save Morgoth.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Maedhros and Fingon.

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* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: 9. Not quite a gorefest, but blood and guts everywhere.

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* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Fingolfin manages to inflict several wounds to Morgoth, but is eventually slain.


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* CurbStompCushion:
** The Elves actually did win some battles against Morgoth in the beginnings of the war.
** Fingolfin manages to hurt Morgoth several times before being crushed.

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