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* WickedStepmother: Inverted with Indis and Fëanor. After death of his first wife Miriel, Finwë marries Indis. Indis attempts to be as good stepmother to Miriel's son Fëanor as she can, but Fëanor cannot accept her, and he hates the sons or Indis, Fingolfin and Finarfin.


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

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One of [[WordOfGod Tolkien's letters]] stated that it was impossible for the Valar to make any Man truly immortal. If one ever entered the Undying Lands, they would ''exist'' and seemingly not age long past when they should have died, but their life would gradually become unbearable, since it would just be [[AgeWithoutYouth their natural lifespan spread out continuously]] (similar to what happened to Gollum and Bilbo with the One Ring). Also, it is said in the book that death is Eru's gift to mortals and the Valar don't have the right or ability to take it from them -- only Eru can, and Tuor was likely the only such exception. Before the fall of Númenor, Men ''were'' immortal in the sense that they could ''choose'' when to die. Since Númenor though, Eru was forced to change the gift to introduce lifespans, as Men, thanks to the corrupting influence of Sauron, started to view it as a curse.

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One of [[WordOfGod Tolkien's letters]] stated that it was impossible for the Valar to make any Man truly immortal. If one ever entered the Undying Lands, they would ''exist'' and seemingly not age long past when they should have died, but their life would gradually become unbearable, since it would just be [[AgeWithoutYouth their natural lifespan spread out continuously]] (similar to what happened to Gollum and Bilbo with the One Ring). Also, it is said in the book that death is Eru's gift to mortals and the Valar don't have the right or ability to take it from them -- only Eru can, and Tuor was likely the only such exception. Before the fall of Númenor, Men ''were'' immortal in the sense that they could ''choose'' when to die. Since Númenor though, Eru was forced to change the gift to introduce lifespans, as Men, thanks to the corrupting influence of Sauron, started to view it as a curse.


** The War of the Last Alliance, where Sauron's outnumbered and outgunned force whips the hell out of the West for a very long time, and nearly wins until Isildur chops off Sauron's Ring.


** Sauron. The only heroes to ever fight him man-to-man and succeed were Huan, a Valarian hound, and Isildur, son of Elendil. Plenty of others ''tried'' to fight him, sure, but they're not listed as successful here, are they?

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** Sauron. The only heroes hero to ever fight him man-to-man and succeed were was Huan, a Valarian hound, hound. Elendil, the King of Gondor and Isildur, son Arnor, and Gil-Galad, High King of Elendil. Plenty of others ''tried'' the Noldor, managed to fight him, sure, but they're kill him in combat as well, however they did not listed as successful here, are they?survive the battle either.

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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.

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