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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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** 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.


** Túrin, yet again. Yeah, his life sucked that bad. There's a reason for it, too. First, the Doom of the Noldor hit his bloodline pretty hard for various reasons. And then Morgoth just went ahead and added his own curse on top of that. There was pretty much no way it was going to end well, not that Túrin knew it at the time.

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** Túrin, yet again. Yeah, his life sucked that bad. There's a reason for it, too. First, the Doom of the Noldor hit his bloodline pretty hard for various reasons. [[CosmicPlaything And then Morgoth just went ahead and added his own curse on top of that.that]]. There was pretty much no way it was going to end well, not that Túrin knew it at the time.

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* HufflepuffHouse: the third Eldar clan, the Teleri, play this part in the Elder Days: the Vanyar were basically the Valar's teacher's pet and are the ones who eventually come to the rescue and mop up Morgoth's armies; the Noldor are the movers and shakers and mainprotagonists in the Silmarillion; but the Teleri are the clan who tarried the longest time in the journey to Valinor; once arrived they accomplished nothing notable and end up being essentially known for being the ones on the wrong end of the Noldorin stick. On the otehr hand, one of their subbranches, the Sindarin, accomplished much more in Beleriand, were the Nandorim/Green elves are this.


** Fëanor isn't the most sympathetic character, anyway -- he gets a definite MoralEventHorizon as listed in YMMV. It's just that he's also a walking CrowningMomentOfAwesome. His two oldest sons, Maedhros and Maglor, are more sympathetic and probably more tragic, given that [[spoiler: one is DrivenToSuicide ''twice'' and the other spends the rest of his (immortal) life [[WalkingTheEarth wandering along the seashore]] in constant pain, singing laments.]] Especially because by the end of [[spoiler: six hundred years of warfare, destroying three elven societies, and the deaths of their four younger brothers in attempts to fulfill their Oath]], they [[HeelRealization sincerely wanted to stop killing people]] and were largely just going through with the Oath [[HeelFaceDoorSlam because they thought they had no choice to break it]].

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** Fëanor isn't the most sympathetic character, anyway -- he gets a definite MoralEventHorizon as listed in YMMV. It's just that he's also a walking CrowningMomentOfAwesome.anyway. His two oldest sons, Maedhros and Maglor, are more sympathetic and probably more tragic, given that [[spoiler: one is DrivenToSuicide ''twice'' and the other spends the rest of his (immortal) life [[WalkingTheEarth wandering along the seashore]] in constant pain, singing laments.]] Especially because by the end of [[spoiler: six hundred years of warfare, destroying three elven societies, and the deaths of their four younger brothers in attempts to fulfill their Oath]], they [[HeelRealization sincerely wanted to stop killing people]] and were largely just going through with the Oath [[HeelFaceDoorSlam because they thought they had no choice to break it]].


* CombatPragmatist: The Elves of Nargothrond. They employed guerilla tactics against the forces of Morgoth and preferred to use stealth and cunning over outright force. The main reason for this was that if Morgoth found out where the city was located, he would bring all his forces to bear and the city would surely be destroyed. And when Túrin Turambar convinced them to face Morgoth's armies in the open (against a ''god's'' advice, no less), that's exactly what happened. Well, it's not like anyone else (*coughTurgoncough*) [[CassandraTruth ever listens to Ulmo's advice]].



* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: The Elves of Nargothrond. They employed guerilla tactics against the forces of Morgoth and preferred to use stealth and cunning over outright force. The main reason for this was that if Morgoth found out where the city was located, he would bring all his forces to bear and the city would surely be destroyed. And when Túrin Turambar convinced them to face Morgoth's armies in the open (against a ''god's'' advice, no less), that's exactly what happened. Well, it's not like anyone else (*coughTurgoncough*) [[CassandraTruth ever listens to Ulmo's advice]].


** After capturing Gorlim, one of Barahir's resistant outlaws, Sauron offers to reunite him with his captive wife, Eilinel, if Gorlim betrays the whereabouts of Barahir and his men. Once Sauron obtains the information, he informs Gorlim that Eilinel is dead and he had only seen a phantom, and promptly [[LiteralGenie kills him]].

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** After capturing Gorlim, one of Barahir's resistant outlaws, Sauron offers to [[ExactWords reunite him him]] with his captive wife, Eilinel, if Gorlim betrays the whereabouts of Barahir and his men. Once Sauron obtains the information, he informs Gorlim that Eilinel is dead and he had only seen a phantom, and promptly [[LiteralGenie kills him]].

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* VillainousVow: Feanor and his sons swear to regain the Silmarils at any cost, and to destroy anyone who impedes their goal. The supplementary work "The History of Middle-Earth" gives the full oath as follows:
--> "Be he foe or friend, be he foul or clean
--> Brood of [[SatanicArchetype Morgoth]] or bright [[PhysicalGod Vala]],
--> [[OurElvesAreBetter Elda]] or Maia or Aftercomer,
--> Man yet unborn upon Middle-earth,
--> Neither law, nor love, nor league of swords,
--> Dread nor danger, not Doom itself
--> Shall defend him from Feanor, and Feanor's kin,
--> Whoso hideth or hoardeth, or in hand taketh,
--> Finding keepeth or afar casteth
--> A Silmaril. This swear we all!
--> Death we will deal him ere Day's ending,
--> Woe unto world's end! Our word hear thou,
--> [[{{God}} Eru Allfather]]! To the everlasting
--> Darkness doom us if our deed faileth!
--> On the holy mountain hear in witness
--> and our vow remember,
--> Manwe and Varda!"


** 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'' was [[http://www.ew.com/article/2016/10/19/jrr-tolkien-beren-and-luthien-2017 also 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'' was [[http://www.ew.com/article/2016/10/19/jrr-tolkien-beren-and-luthien-2017 also released in book form in 2017]]. ''The Fall of Gondolin'' [[https://www.tolkiensociety.org/2018/08/the-fall-of-gondolin-published/ was published in 2018]].


* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It isn't entirely clear what happens to Maglor, the only one of Feanor's sons to survive. He is kept by his oath and the judgement of the Valar from returning to Valinor.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It isn't entirely clear what happens to Maglor, the only one of Feanor's sons to survive. He is kept by his oath and the judgement of the Valar from returning to Valinor. Needless to say, he is a ''very'' popular character in FanFiction, adventuring through the world history.


** The entirety of The War of Wrath is basically a decades last stand for Morgoth himself. An absolutely colossal force made up of just about every elf, human, dwarf and Maia available (and maybe even ''all of the Valar'') came to finally strike down Morgoth, but he put an equally horrifying fight but pulling every monster and trick he had in the book, even a dragon big enough to bloat out the sun. The War is stated to have been close during the last stages when Morgoth started using more and more terrifying monstrosities , but in the end it was his last ditch attempt to prevent his capture, which was unsuccessfu



** The entirety of The War of Wrath is basically a decades last stand for Morgoth himself. An absolutely colossal force made up of just about every elf, human, dwarf and Maia available (and maybe even ''all of the Valar'') came to finally strike down Morgoth, but he put an equally horrifying fight but pulling every monster and trick he had in the book, even a dragon big enough to bloat out the sun. The War is stated to have been close during the last stages when Morgoth started using more and more terrifying monstrosities , but in the end it was his last ditch attempt to prevent his capture, which was unsuccessful

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** The entirety of The War of Wrath is basically a decades last stand for Morgoth himself. An absolutely colossal force made up of just about every elf, human, dwarf and Maia available (and maybe even ''all of the Valar'') came to finally strike down Morgoth, but he put an equally horrifying fight but pulling every monster and trick he had in the book, even a dragon big enough to bloat out the sun. The War is stated to have been close during the last stages when Morgoth started using more and more terrifying monstrosities , but in the end it was his last ditch attempt to prevent his capture, which was unsuccessfull

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** The entirety of The War of Wrath is basically a decades last stand for Morgoth himself. An absolutely colossal force made up of just about every elf, human, dwarf and Maia available (and maybe even ''all of the Valar'') came to finally strike down Morgoth, but he put an equally horrifying fight but pulling every monster and trick he had in the book, even a dragon big enough to bloat out the sun. The War is stated to have been close during the last stages when Morgoth started using more and more terrifying monstrosities , but in the end it was his last ditch attempt to prevent his capture, which was unsuccessful

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