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     Fëanor 
Fëanor was the son of Finwë, King of the Noldorin Elves. His spirit was so fiery that the strain of giving birth to him eventually killed his mother. He was the greatest of the elves in craftsmanship, and one of the most knowledgeable. Unfortunately, he was also extremely proud and arrogant. Fëanor swore revenge on Morgoth when Morgoth murdered his father and stole the Silmarils (holy jewels) he had made, and led the Noldor out of Valinor into Middle-Earth to fight him, slaughtering the Teleri to steal their ships and betraying his half-brothers' people by abandoning them. Fëanor was killed in battle by Gothmog shortly after arriving in Beleriand; his rage was so great, his spirit incinerated his body as it left.
  • Accidental Murder: His youngest son, Amras, wanted to sail back home. Knowing this, Fëanor burned his ship — later to hear that Amras was in it at the time. This did not happen in the 1977 Silmarillion.
  • Aloof Big Brother: To Fingolfin and Finarfin. He wanted nothing at all to do with them.
  • And I Must Scream: Because of Fëanor's crimes and/or refusal to repent them, after his death he was imprisoned in the Halls of Mandos until the end of the world.
  • Anti-Hero: One of the best examples of a Broken Ace in Literature, his actions leave his tribe of Elves cursed for centuries and though he was an enemy of Morgoth he led the first killing of Elf by Elf over some ships he was trying to steal.
  • The Atoner: According to information about the Dagor Dagorath, Fëanor's spirit will be freed in time for the last battle against darkness, and to give the Silmarils to Yavanna so that the Two Trees can be revived.
  • Badass Bookworm: One of his earliest achievements was when he invented the modern Elvish alphabet. It just goes on from there.
  • The Berserker: Fatally so — see Determinator.
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Fëanor was the most ingenious elf that ever lived, while Fingolfin was the strongest and most valiant. Downplayed; Fëanor was no weakling, and and Fingolfin was no fool.
  • Broken Ace: He may have been the handsome crown prince who improved the work of previous linguistics and jewel smiths while still a youngster, invented a new writing system to be used by all races from there on, and created the Middle-Earth internet, but Fëanor was still a wreck of raging personal issues waiting to burst.
  • Byronic Hero: Fëanor didn't give a crap about anybody's concepts of morality, not even the archangels appointed by God to oversee the universe. He single-mindedly insisted on his way until it killed him.
  • Cain and Abel: He was the Cain to his half-brothers Fingolfin's and Finarfin's split role of Abel. He threatened to murder Fingolfin in cold blood and later abandoned him to cross the Grinding Ice on foot.
  • The Charmer: Convinced most of the Noldor to follow him to Middle-Earth to get revenge on Morgoth and made his seven sons swear an oath with him to reclaim the Silmarils. Can come across as a deconstruction, as he led the Elves engaging into a Kinslaying and left them cursed for centuries.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: He believed that the sound change of th > s in Quenya was a conspiracy of the Valar against him and his mother, and used it as a political litmus test in his feud over his brothers' (equally nonexistent) plots against him. Ironically, most elven scholars believed that the change was a mistake, but Fëanor made it so political that he turned every sympathetic ear against him.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Fëanor believed that the Valar were plotting against him and the Noldor, and that his brothers planned to take his place. This caused him to antagonize them, which by time and enough Dog Kicking on Fëanor's part turned them against him for real. Ultimately, the Noldor were ruined and (temporarily) abandoned by the Valar, and the House of Fëanor lost not only its place as the leading House of the Noldor, but any place it had amongst the elves at all.
  • Decoy Protagonist: A sizable portion of the first third of the story deals with Feanor, his accomplishments and sins, but then he dies immediately after he gets to Middle Earth. Downplayed, as it's clear the story has rotating perspectives.
  • Despair Event Horizon: At Finwë's death and the theft of his Silmarils.
  • Determinator: To a point. He and his house made it to Beleriand after breaking the "necessary" eggs, dispersing Morgoth's host in "The Battle Under the Stars". But he wasn't finished, and just had to attack Angband itself. He was mortally wounded in combat with multiple Balrogs... Balrogs whom he had stupidly chased while they were in retreat with the Orc army, and then refused to flee when they turned to attack him.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He loved both his parents, but it was the death of his father that drove him over the Despair Event Horizon: "For his father was dearer to him than the Light of Valinor or the peerless work of his hands; and who among sons, of Elves or of Men, have held their fathers of greater worth?"
  • Fallen Hero: He was the mightiest, most skilled, most puissant of all the elven race... and the source of their greatest woes. See You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good.
  • Fetus Terrible: While not a monster in the womb, Fëanor's birth sucked out all of his mother's life energy, causing her to fall victim to a (somewhat belated) Death by Childbirth. Then he quickly grew up to become something great and terrible.
  • For Science!: Wandered around Valinor seeking the unknown boundaries of knowledge.
  • Freudian Excuse: Fëanor not only had the luck of being born into the only broken family in a Physical Heaven where everyone else was happy, but he was also the cause of his family becoming unhappy simply by being born.
  • Freudian Trio: With his brothers. He is clearly the Id, hot-blooded and impulsive, caring only for his own desires.
  • General Ripper: Gained a deep paranoia and disdain for his superiors and even his own soldiers, at one point leaving many of them to die because of them "not being loyal enough". Everyone else was a coward or a traitor, and only he was doing what was right... so he thought.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Jealous of his father's affection (despite being and remaining the favorite), Fëanor never gave his stepmother a chance, and despised his half-siblings before they were even born.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After his father's death.
  • Heroic BSoD: Thanks to Melkor, who else. When he hears the news of what has happened in Formenos, he falls down to the ground unable to speak, then curses Melkor renaming him as Morgoth ("the Dark Enemy"), and runs into the night, crying. The other Elves seriously worried he'd become suicidal.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Let's take stock: Massacre? Yep, killed the Teleri. Betrayal? Yep, abandoned 2/3 of the Noldor forces because they weren't loyal to him. Accidentally murdered his own son? Check. He also rebelled against the legitimate kinship of Manwë.
  • Hot-Blooded: Oh so very much. His name doesn't mean "Spirit of Fire" for nothing.
  • I Gave My Word: The "Oath of Fëanor", swearing by Ilúvatar, Manwë, Varda, and Mount Taniquetil to reclaim the Silmarils, no matter the cost in other peoples' lives.
  • Incest Subtext: There are definite subtextual implications that he may have harboured less than pure intentions towards Galadriel, the daughter of his half-brother Finarfin. He was so enamored with her beautiful silver-golden hair that he begged her three times for a strand and each time she denied him, as in Fëanor, Galadriel (who was gifted with foresight and the ability to 'peer into the minds of others') could see only darkness.
  • Insufferable Genius: The most brilliant Elven craftsman ever to live, and very much aware of it.
  • Ironic Echo: When Fëanor gave his speech to convince the Noldor to go war against Morgoth, he wound up repeating several of Morgoth's lies. By that point, he probably believed them.
  • Jerkass: His behavior towards the other houses of the Noldor was obnoxious and threatening, even before he started murdering elves.
  • Loners Are Freaks: While having a close relationship with his father, and a family of his own, Fëanor had certain antisocial tendencies, something that Tolkien often gave to his more edgy characters. He worked alone, accepted no advice from anyone save Nerdanel, often kept his findings secret from his colleagues, didn't live with his father's new family or apparently not at any fixed point, but wandered around the far reaches of Valinor with his sons...
  • Lost Technology: And Lost Scientific Knowledge in general, thanks to him keeping much of his superior knowledge to himself rather than sharing it with his colleagues. This is why nobody knows how the Fëanorian Lamps work, or has extensive knowledge of the Valarin language.
  • Mad Scientist: Fëanor created the Silmarils to capture the light of Valinor. In some versions it's said he originally wrought them with the wish to make sure their light would live on forever. Yet later he refused to give them up to save the Two Trees of Valinor, adding to the ironic tragedy of it all.
  • Married to the Job: Varies. Sometimes Fëanor was absolutely devoured by his work, but then lost interest and dropped the project without a second thought. Because of this, many of his works were left unfinished.
  • Missing Mom: Tolkien loved giving this to his darker characters, an echo of his own similar trauma. Originally — and in the published Silmarillion — Míriel died soon after giving birth to Fëanor, and it's specifically mentioned he had never seen her. In a later version Míriel lived on for some time until she gave into her sickness.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: You hear rumours that your half-brother wants to usurp your place as the heir and your father's favourite? Wear armor and threaten him with your sword in front of the whole court. Morgoth kills your father, steals your precious Silmarils and flees to the Middle-Earth? Start the rebellion with your fellow Noldor against him and his "accomplices", The Valar. The Teleri don't want to give your army their ships, which are needed to cross the sea betweeen Valinor and Middle-Earth? Massacre them! The ships are only enough to carry the part of your army that is loyal exclusively to you? Cross the sea, leave other part of the army, lead by your aforementioned half-brother, and burn the ships! The enemy flees before your army to their fortress? Chase them! Kill them all! You lie dying of your wounds? Order your sons to fulfill the Oath you gave to get the Silmarils back no matter the cost.
  • No Body Left Behind: His spirit burned so powerfully that it incinerated his body upon dying.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: If Fëanor has any redeeming traits, it's that he apparently had no interest in a drawn out conflict with The Enemy. Immediately after making landfall and beating back the Orcs, his singular purpose was to assault Angband and confront Morgoth. No plan, no backup, just him and whatever warriors he had at his side. Of course, the King never got inside and his judgement was compromised by his rage but it's something to note.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: The Silmarils. Fëanor even outright stated that he would never be able to create something like them again.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Not necessarily a villain, but whether Fëanor knew it or not, leading his people to Middle Earth saved the native Elves and the Dwarves from extermination. Even if Thingol could just stay in Doriath indefinitely, everyone around Melian's Girdle would be doomed, but for the Coming of the Noldor.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: So much so that Fëanor received something of a Memetic status in-universe. Later generations assume that he knew Khuzdul, etc. just because, well, Fëanor.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: He was basically the elven ideal — and then it all went so horribly wrong...
  • Parental Favoritism: Was his father's favourite, and himself favored Curufin out of his sons. It's also mentioned he loved Amrod more than Amras.
  • Pride: The poster child, in one more parallel between him and Melkor, whom he hated.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: While he didn't intend to directly attack the Valar or Eru, he openly rebelled against their authority without forgetting to insult them, and his Oath was considered to be a Blasphemous Boast.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He was Red Oni to everybody else, but most significantly to Fingolfin and Nerdanel.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Culminating in his berserker attack on an entire army of orcs and their Balrog rearguard.
  • Rousing Speech: Naturally, as Fëanor was just that good at everything, he was also a great orator when he put his mind to it.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He was also a king who actually did some things. Pretty insane, horrible, evil things, mind, but things nonetheless. And he certainly wasn't staying at the rear in battles — in fact, that's what killed him.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With his half-siblings, especially Fingolfin. When remarrying, his father and stepmother did their best to make him feel wanted, and his siblings also tried to be friends with him. Fëanor didn't cooperate, and finally his own behaviour caused his conspiracy theories to come true.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: After everything he created, established, and destroyed among the Eldar in the Blessed Realm, Fëanor gets himself killed less than a fortnight after landing on the shores of Beleriand in pursuit of Morgoth. His sons are left to continue the entire war (which lasts almost six hundred years) without him.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Said to have had raven dark hair, fair face and piercing eyes.
  • Teen Genius: Improved on the work of previous masters while still in his youth.
  • This Means War!: His response to Morgoth's theft of the Silmarils, which drags his entire House and its followers along for a ride that lasts the better part of a thousand years.
  • Tragic Hero: Feanor, after being fooled by the lies of Morgoth, brought darkness to Valinor by refusing to donate the Silmarils to bring light and life back to the Two Trees Melkor had poisoned. He then declared a fruitless war against Morgoth, bringing doom to all who followed him back to Middle-earth for the entire First Age of Middle-earth. This ends up getting him killed.
  • Übermensch: Peerless craftsman and inventor, brilliant linguist, devastatingly skilled orator, fierce warrior, the father of more children than any other Elf in recorded history.
    • That last probably has more to do with his wife than him, not that he didn't play a rather large role in their creation. It's just that giving birth is specifically stated to be spiritually draining for elf women, so giving birth to seven children showcases Nerdanel's own power instead. Which makes sense, considering that this is Fëanor's wife we're talking about here.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Created the Silmarils, the Palantíri, and the Fëanorian Lamps, besides more mundane things like weapons and armor (that a peaceful society in a worldly paradise never actually needed).
  • Unwitting Pawn: Fëanor already hated Melkor with a passion in Valinor and refused to have anything to do with him. Unfortunately, he didn't realize that Melkor was subtly manipulating his dreams, suspicions, and pride, which ultimately turned Fëanor against his own half-brothers and the Valar themselves.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: How the Valar felt about him during his rebellion. Manwë wept to think that Fëanor had fallen and wouldn't repent, no less than he wept for the Two Trees.
  • You Killed My Father: To Morgoth.

     Nerdanel 
The daughter of the renowned Noldorin smith Mahtan, Nerdanel was a strong and intelligent woman. She was a gifted sculptor and a blacksmith, even though smithery was usually seen as something belonging to men. She and Fëanor met and married young. They had seven children, more than any other Elven couple ever. Nerdanel was the only person Fëanor took advice from, but later on his growing instability and foul deeds separated them, causing her to finally leave him.
  • All There in the Manual: Most of what we know of her is from The History of Middle-earth series.
  • Birds of a Feather: While she lacked Fëanor's rashness, stubbornness, and egotism, essentially they were very similar in nature. They were both adventurous, very gifted in their chosen field(s), and loved knowledge, science, and the arts.
  • Daddy's Girl: Perhaps, as Nerdanel inherited most of her qualities from Mahtan, shared his masculine interests, and in some versions, after breaking up with Fëanor, she moved back home to live with him.
  • Divorce Assets Conflict: Her and Fëanor's break-up did not go nicely. During their last meeting, Nerdanel begged Fëanor to leave a few of their children with her. In the end, Fëanor refused.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: After establishing their rule in the new realms of Beleriand, Nerdanel's and Fëanor's sons took new Sindarin names by translating their old Quenya names into Sindarin. Only Curufin used the name that he had received from Fëanor, all of the others used the names that Nerdanel had given them.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: She outlived six of her sons, Maedhros, Celegorm, Caranthir, Curufin, Amrod, and Amras, and her grandson Celebrimbor.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Fëanor's Red. Nerdanel calmed him down and gave Fëanor wise advice as long as she possibly could.
  • Stronger Than They Look: As an elf maiden, tomboy or no, Nerdanel was surely unassuming. But her fertility and ability to survive seven sons, each the offspring of a man with a shockingly powerful spirit (and Maedhros in particular is a formidable spirit in his own right) are proof that she was unique among Elven women.
  • Tomboy: In contrast to most other elven women, Nerdanel had a very masculine profession and enjoyed being outdoors.
  • Trophy Wife: Subverted in-universe. When Fëanor chose her as his wife, some elves were surprised by this since Nerdanel wasn't "among the most beautiful" of the elven ladies out there — possibly a reference to her ruddy complexion.
  • Women Are Wiser: More balanced that Fëanor, for all her tomboyish qualities.
  • Wrench Wench: Of The Blacksmith variety. Though her skills extended beyond just that.

     Maedhros 
The oldest son of Fëanor and Nerdanel. Maedhros was more temperate and less rash than his younger brothers, but only relatively speaking: he was still rash by normal standards. Maedhros was captured by Morgoth, tortured, and then chained to Thangorodrim by his right hand. He was finally rescued by his cousin and best friend, Fingon, but at the expense of his hand. He later became one of the leaders of the Noldor in the war against Morgoth, ruling his brothers' hosts from the hill of Himring, but ultimately failed because of the Oath. Later on, Maedhros came to hate and regret the Oath and the awful deeds he had committed to regain the Silmarils. He was one of the few to survive the war against Morgoth, but after he tried to steal back the Silmarils, they burnt his hand so badly that he leapt into a fiery chasm to escape the pain.
  • Abdicate the Throne: He willingly abdicates in favor of his uncle Fingolfin in order to heal the divisions among the Noldor.
  • Anti-Villain: Of the tragic type.
  • The Atoner: His abdication in favour of Fingolfin, attempts to keep his brothers in line and, with Maglor, fostering Elros and Elrond after the last Kinslaying (especially since he'd desperately tried and failed to find and save their uncles, Elured and Elurin, after the Second Kinslaying), were all attempts at atonement. While they may have failed on a personal level, he did succeed in healing the divisions between the Noldor to an extent, kept his brothers out of trouble for a lot longer than would otherwise have been possible, and ended up raising Elrond and Elros to be two of the greatest heroes in Middle Earth's history.
  • Broken Ace: A legendary swordsman with either hand (indeed, he actually ended up better with his left hand after he lost his right), an astute politician (ceding the High Kingship of the Noldor to his half-uncle in order to heal the divisions among the Noldor, and keeping his rasher brothers away from other Noldor forces to prevent further conflict), a skilled diplomat where the Silmarils weren't concerned (forming the Union of Maedhros which kept Morgoth penned in for centuries), a skilled general, and a surprisingly good surrogate father figure to Elrond and Elros (though Maglor did most of the raising), raising both to become legends, the former a byword for wisdom for ages after. Oh, and he was probably the best-looking elf from a very good looking family. He also lost a hand after years of torture by Morgoth drove him over the Despair Event Horizon, felt/was compelled by the Oath to commit atrocities (it's ambiguous how much literal force it had) which he tried to forswear at least once, and had to deal with both the legacy of his father's actions and try and control his more psychotic brothers, whose actions arguably did fatal damage to the Union of Maedhros, and finally committed suicide after he finally got his hands on a Silmaril and it burned him, driving him to realise how far he'd fallen. If it wasn't for the Oath, he'd probably have been a legend on par with his uncle Fingolfin.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Maedhros has dealt with suicidal ideation on two occasions. The first was on Thangorodrim when he asked Fingon to slay him, though Fingon refused and Maedhros survived. The second time was stealing the Silmaril, and that time he went through with it.
  • The Dreaded: To Orcs, who ran away in terror at the sight of him.
  • Driven to Suicide: After spending somewhere around thirty solar years as a tortured prisoner at Thangorodrim, he wanted to die. When Fingon arrived, Maedhros begged for him to kill him, though Fingon was luckily able to save Maedhros and bring him home alive, minus one hand. Several centuries later, after facing the excruciating pain brought about by the Silmarils and the regret of the horrors of his own actions, he commits to it by throwing himself into a chasm of fire. He is the only elf we know of who has died by suicide.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: While Maglor did most of the actual raising, like his brother, he hated the atrocities he'd been compelled to commit, and tried to raise Elrond and Elros to be better — and considering how both turned out, it was a pretty spectacular success.
  • Evil Redhead: Well, more of an anti-heroic-anti-villainous redhead.
  • Fiery Redhead: Initially subverted, then later played straight. He was less vicious than his father and brothers, but he grew fiercer, more rash, and more impatient as the First Age went on.
  • Handicapped Badass: His right hand was cut off, but it never hindered his strength. He actually trained himself to be more deadly wielding a sword with his remaining left hand.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: When captured by Morgoth and chained to a cliff. Fingon almost shot him, but instead decided free Maedhros by cutting off his hand.
  • I Gave My Word: He and all of his brothers took the Oath of Fëanor, their father, to do anything necessary to recover the Silmarils, even if it meant sacking the last elvish haven in Beleriand. He and Maglor were the only ones who didn't die in battle because of this Oath.
  • I Have Many Names: Maedhros, Maitimo, Nelyafinwë, Nelyo, Russandol. Notes in the History of Middle-Earth series also give him an Old English name, Dægred Winsterhand.
  • In-Series Nickname: Russandol ("Coppertop"), a reference to his red hair.
  • Ironic Name: Both of his Quenya names, Nelyafinwë ("Third Finwë in succession") and Maitimo ("Well formed one") become bitterly ironic after he's rescued from Thangorodrim and abdicates.
  • Large and in Charge: Inherited the High Kingship of the Noldor from his father (though he abdicated to heal the divisions amongst the Noldor), and was given the epithet "the Tall," though Tolkien never specified exactly how tall he is - however, considering the given heights of other elves, he'd probably have been at least seven feet tall.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: Maedhros had to choose between death or having his hand cut off so he could be freed of a chain that restrained him.
  • Master Swordsman: He became a better swordsman with his left hand than he'd been with his right. Orcs would flee in terror from him during battle.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's an elf, of course he's attractive. This is reflected in his mother-name Maitimo, meaning "well-formed one", designating him as especially attractive among a race of Long-Haired Pretty Boys It's no surprise that he is one of the most popular characters among the Silmarillion fandom.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Maedhros learned that his followers had kidnapped Dior's seven-year-old twin sons, Eluréd and Elurín, and left them to starve to death in a forest in the middle of winter, he tried for a long time to find and save them. He foreswore the Oath and continued to feel terrible about the kinslaying, but didn't become The Atoner — instead Maedhros (reluctantly) helped slaughter the survivors at the Havens of Sirion, and convinced Maglor to kill the guards and steal the last Silmarils after the War of Wrath. From what little Tolkien wrote, it isn't clear whether the Oath was literally impossible to break, or if Maedhros just convinced himself it was.
  • Offered the Crown: Maedhros would have become High King of the Noldor after Fëanor's death, but he abdicated in favor of his uncle Fingolfin in an attempt to end the feud between him and the House of Fëanor.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to his family (minus Maglor). Which isn't saying much, admittedly, but he did his best to keep his brothers under control.
  • Parental Substitute: In some versions, Maedhros was the one who fostered Elrond and Elros.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Elrond and Elros seem to have been this for him. While it is possible, that they were this for his twin brothers, Amrod and Amras (in the version where they died in the Second Kinslaying), it seems more likely that they were this for their uncles, Elured and Elurin, who were abandoned in the woods after the Second Kinslaying by Celegorm's servants, and who Maedhros desperately tried (and failed) to find.
  • Situational Hand Switch: Originally, he was right-handed. After losing said right-hand in a Life-or-Limb Decision, he simply trained himself to become even deadlier with his left hand.
  • Team Dad: He led his brothers and kept them out of trouble... most of the time.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After recovering from the loss of his hand, Maedhros "lived to wield his sword with his left hand more deadly than his right had been."
  • Tragic Hero: He fought valiantly against Morgoth, but his dedication to the Oath lead to the deaths of hundreds of innocents and his own ruin. Whenever he's not compelled by the oath, he's pretty textbook heroic and trying to make-up for what he's done. For instance, he formed the Union of Maedhros which kept Morgoth penned in for centuries and took the creation of the dragons to break, his serious attempts to heal old wounds by abdicating his claim to the High Kingship of the Noldor to his uncle Fingolfin and bring unity against Morgoth (the aforementioned Union of Maedhros), attempts to keep his brothers under control (something which, Maglor aside, failed miserably), and a desire to atone first by trying to find Eluréd and Elurín (sons of Dior and Nimloth, brothers of Elwing) when they were abandoned to die in the forest after the second Kinslaying, and later raising Elros and Elrond (children of Eärendil and Elwing — sister of Eluréd and Elurín — whose home and people he had destroyed) with Maglor after the third Kinslaying (and considering how they turned out, doing a very good job). All in all, if he hadn't been bound by the Oath, he would probably have been one of Middle-Earth's greatest heroes.
  • Warrior Prince: Like most of the House of Finwë.

     Maglor 

The second son of Fëanor and Nerdanel. Maglor was reputed to be the most like their mother, resulting in wisdom and a gentler nature in comparison to the rest of his brothers. His forces guarded the pass of Maglor's Gap between Morgoth's lands and East Beleriand. He also survived the war and stole a Silmaril with his brother Maedhros, but cast the jewel into the sea when the pain of its burning overwhelmed him. He was the only son of Fëanor not reported to have died.


  • Ambiguous Situation: He is last seen throwing his Silmaril into the ocean and wandering the beach alone. We never know what happens to him after the First Age. Is he still alive in Middle-Earth? Did he fade away? Did he kill himself?
  • Anti-Villain: Of the tragic sort.
  • Cultured Badass: Noted for being one of the most skilled minstrels in Middle-earth history as well as a renowned warrior.
  • Direct Line to the Author: Maglor wrote the poem Noldolantë, describing the fall of Noldor. It's possibly one of the original sources Bilbo used to write his Translations from the Elvish, which in turn is the work Tolkien used to edit The Silmarillion.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Despite the atrocities he took part in, Maglor — with Maedhros — raised Elrond and Elros to be wise, compassionate people who went on to become two of Middle Earth's greatest heroes (and in Elrond's case, a by-word for wisdom), largely because of his regrets surrounding his pursuit of the Oath.
  • Harp of Femininity: Both averted and subverted — Maglor is both a skilled harpist and a highly-capable warrior. He was also most like his mother, Nerdanel, by his mind and character.
  • The Heart: Of the Sons of Fëanor. However, Maglor didn't seem to be too successful at spreading his influence onto his brothers.
  • I Have Many Names: Maglor, Makalaurë, Kanafinwë, Káno. He also has an Old English name, Dægmund Swinsere.
  • Never Found the Body: His whereabouts after Quenta Silmarillion are unknown. Some say he committed suicide in his agony, some say he is still here among us, singing songs of despair and regret, ever prohibited returning back to Elvenhome.
  • Only Sane Man: Even more so than Maedhros. But being less fierce in nature, Maglor left the herding of their brother-herd to him.
  • Parental Substitute: To Elrond and Elros.
  • Redemption Failure: Eönwë told him and Maedhros to surrender and return to Valinor to be judged. Maglor wanted to obey, but Maedhros talked him out of it.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Adopting Elros and Elrond, twins, came right on the heels of the very same kinslaying that killed his twin brothers (if going by the version were both survive the burning of the ships). It's suspicious.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the Sons of Fëanor, Maglor seemed the closest to fully repenting for his evil deeds.
  • Walking the Earth: The last time we hear of him, he is reported to be wandering on the shores of the world, singing in lamentation and pain. However, Tolkien's latest word on his fate, in part of the "Lay of Leithian", apparently changed this story to suicide by drowning.
  • Warrior Poet: Is both one of the greatest singers who ever lived and a skilled warrior.
  • Warrior Prince: Like nearly all the House of Finwë.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Because he could not repent of his Oath he never returned to Aman, and either wandered the world in miserable solitude or took his own life.

     Celegorm 

The third son of Fëanor and Nerdanel. He and Curufin ruled the plain of Himlad in East Beleriand. Celegorm and Curufin captured Lúthien to stop her from helping Beren recover the Silmaril, but Celegorm's hound Huan turned on him because of his treachery and helped her escape. He and Dior, son of Beren and Lúthien, killed each other in the sack of Doriath when the Sons of Fëanor attempted to steal back the Silmaril.


  • Animal Talk: Oromë taught him to speak it.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shortly after the arrival of Fëanor's host Celegorm found out about the Orc army hazarding Cirdain in the harbours and drove them into the Fens of Serech with his army. In some versions found in the History of the Middle-Earth series, Celegorm and Curufin later play this role during the aftermath of the catastrophic Battle of the Sudden Flame, as when they're fleeing from their own overrun domain Himlad they save their cousin Orodreth who is trapped in his fortress on Tol Sirion.
  • Brains and Brawn: He and Curufin had shades of this, with Celegorm as the brawn.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After being turned down by Lúthien and embarrassed by Beren, Celegorm encouraged his brothers to attack Doriath to take back the Silmaril by force. This led to the kingdom's downfall and many elven deaths.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: While still being heroic, and after turning villainous, he surely loved dogs — until they turned against him, at least. (And horses. Liking them seems to go hand-in-hand in Middle-Earth.)
  • Hot-Blooded: Even more so than his brothers. Especially clear when contrasted with his crafty little brother, Curufin.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Oromë, a Vala, and Huan, the magical dog Oromë gave him as a gift.
  • I Have Many Names: Celegorm, Tyelkormo, Turcafinwë, Turko. He also has an Old English name, Cynegrim Fægerfeax.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Celegorm tried to force Lúthien to marry him so he could gain rulership of Doriath. He failed.
  • Jerkass: No kidding.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "hasty riser," referring to his quick temper and habit of jumping up when angered.
  • Mutual Kill: He and Dior, Beren and Lúthien's son, killed each other.
  • Not So Different: Celegorm and Beren are both animal lovers who know the ways of the wild and can talk with beasts and birds. However, Celegorm is a hunter and Beren never kills any animals. Celgorm is also the Rich Suitor to Beren's Poor Suitor
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Celegorm was close friends with his half-cousin, Aredhel, who shared many of his favorite outdoor hobbies. Tolkien saw the need to specify that they were just friends (exact wording "never gave her heart") — but then made Aredhel curiously fond of Celegorm anyway, to the point that when she left Gondolin, she sought out Celegorm rather than anyone else, even Fingon, her own brother, who would have lived much closer too.
    • Doubles as the Fan-Preferred Pairing, with endless Fix Fics of Aredhel staying in Himlad either by returning there after escaping Nan Elmoth, or by never entering the forest in the first place.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Curufin's blue. More obvious in The History of Middle-earth.
  • Rousing Speech: Inherited his father's oratory skills. He used them to convince the elves of Nargothrond to his side.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Curufin in the Lay of Leithian, as they jointly cause problems for Beren and Lúthien.
  • Token Evil Team Mate: Celegorm and Curufin are by far the most villainous of the Sons of Fëanor (who in turn are the Token Evil Team Mate of the Noldorin Houses).
  • Warrior Prince: Like most of the House of Finwë.
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     Caranthir 
The fourth son of Fëanor and Nerdanel, and "the harshest and most quick to anger," which is saying a lot in this family. He ruled the land of Thargelion to the east of Beleriand, where he prospered from trading with the dwarves. Caranthir accepted the aid of the Swarthy Men in the war against Morgoth, but the tribe of Ulfang betrayed the Union of Maedhros at a critical moment, costing them the Fifth Battle. He died in battle while attacking Doriath.

  • Anti-Villain: Type I. He didn't doubt his actions like some of his brothers, but had a couple of Pet the Dog moments, such as his rescue of Haleth's tribe.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Showing up to save Haleth and her people at the last possible moment. While playing trumpets, of course. Why? This is Middle-Earth.
  • Character Development: He starts as haughty and distrusting towards non-Noldor, then develops mutually beneficial but loveless, entirely pragmatic relationship with the Dwarves, and finally goes on to learn to genuinely respect Men. Ironically it leads to him trusting even those Men who weren't worth of his trust.
  • Elves vs. Dwarves: Averted. Granted, this was before Elves vs. Dwarves really kicked off, but even then Caranthir got along with dwarves much better than most elves — apparently because of his interest in crafting, and because his gruff temperament was closer to theirs. He landed a monopoly on the very profitable trade routes to the dwarven cities as a result.
  • Fantastic Racism: Played with. He apparently despised non-Noldorin elves (even erroneously slurring Thingol as a "Dark Elf" living in a cave, Thingol not technically being a Dark Elf). And while he developed a mutually-beneficial business arrangement with the dwarves, Caranthir didn't try to hide his prejudice against their non-elven appearance. He was initially racist towards Men, as well. Then Haleth's courage made him change his mind about them. This led to him trusting Ulfang's sons...
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Leading to his betrayal by Ulfang and sons.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: When you're a prince, this can and will lead to major political problems.
  • Hot-Blooded: Of all the Sons of Fëanor, this guy had the worst temper and the greatest propensity to brashly shoot his mouth off at the wrong time. Despite this he is less hot-headed than his father.
  • I Have Many Names: Caranthir, Carnister, Morifinwë, Moryo. He also has an Old English name, Colpegn Nihthelm.
  • Loners Are Freaks: While his brothers came in duos, Caranthir was a loner.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Caranthir managed to become rich even among the Eldarin princes by his dealings with the dwarves, and by being tactically situated on their trade route to Beleriand.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Trust Caranthir to ruin your negotiations.
  • The Un-Favourite: While not obvious, there appears to be enough hints for various fans to independently conclude that Caranthir was Fëanor's unfavourite, or at least the one who got the least amount of attention. Him being the least attractive in appearance and personality, having no particular gift, not being the oldest or the youngest, being stuck between the handsome Celegorm and the official favourite Curufin, and being a sulky loner are considered to be valid clues. Cue to him having an inferiority complex towards his brothers being a rather popular Fanon portrayal of him...
  • Warrior Prince: Like most of the House of Finwë.

     Curufin 
The fifth son of Fëanor and Nerdanel. Curufin most fully inherited his father's talent in craftsmanship and ruled Himlad with Celegorm. He aided Celegorm's plans to kill Finrod and usurp his throne, and to ransom Lúthien, and tried to kill her when it failed, but wounded Beren instead. Because of his treachery, Thingol refused to join the Union of Maedhros. Curufin died in the attack on Doriath. His son, Celebrimbor, inherited his skill and was the creator of the Rings of Power.
  • The Blacksmith: Just like his father and his son. Curufin inherited Fëanor's skills and interest in crafts to the greatest extent among the brothers.
  • Brains and Brawn: Had shades of this with Celegorm. He was the brains to Celegorm's brawn.
  • The Chessmaster: What Curufin was aiming for. He managed to pull it off for a while, until the pawns saw through it.
  • The Corrupter: In various versions of the story in The History of Middle-Earth series it's made more explicit that Curufin talked Celegorm into the whole "let's usurp Finrod's crown" plot. At one point Tolkien even goes as far as writing that Curufin put the evil in Celegorm. However, in the published Silmarillion the idea seems to be conceived together.
  • Cunning Linguist: As mentioned in History of the Middle-Earth series and the Letters of J.R.R.Tolkien, Curufin was the only Elven scholar to study Khuzdul, the otherwise mysterious language of the Dwarves.
  • Generation Xerox: Nerdanel gave him the name Atarinkë "little father" because he looked just like Fëanor. Just like his father, he was also a smith and a linguist. His personality was also rather close to his father's, though Curufin was more calculated than his hotheaded father.
  • Hypocrite: When, Eöl tries to suck up to Curufin by referring to their kinship through Aredhel, Curufin's cousin and Eöl's wife, Curufin turns this down by answering that he doesn't count Eöl as a relative, as Aredhel married Eöl under dubious consent. Later, Curufin himself gets the idea of gaining power in Doriath via marrying his brother to the unconsenting Lúthien, Thingol's daughter — only to be turned down by the wrathful Thingol.
  • I Have Many Names: Curufin, Atarinkë, Kurufinwë, Kurvo. He also has an Old English name, Cyrefinn Fácensearo.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Curufin was one of the very few elves to find the Dwarves fascinating and to befriend them. Tolkien mentioned he was the only Elven scholar who studied Khuzdul, the language of the Dwarves, which the Elves usually found unpleasant. Curufin also carried a special knife gifted to him by the Dwarves. Later on in the Second Age, his son Celebrimbor founded the Elven realm of Eregion, which lived in symbiotic relationship with the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm.
  • Jerkass: All of the Sons of Fëanor were jerks to some extent, but Curufin was the brains behind the plan to have their cousin Finrod killed in Sauron's torture chambers, which would have allowed the Fëanorians to steal his throne. He also showed no remorse or hesitation in this or the Kinslaying at Doriath.
  • Jerk Ass Has A Point: Curufin's methods were completely wrong, but his general goals weren't entirely off. He both saw that the Elven kingdoms should be united in the war against Morgoth, and he understood that Nargothrond could only survive through secrecy. Both of these viewpoints were vindicated by later history.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Of all seven sons, he was the most similar to Fëanor in appearance, temperament, and skills. Though, the reader may wonder if this isn't something of an Informed Ability, as Curufin comes off as far more calmer and calculating than his Hot-Blooded father.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His one Pet the Dog moment where he on-page wanted to do the noble thing arguably accidentally led to even more suffering, as Eöl, whom he let go alive, soon later killed Aredhel, the very friend of Celegorm and Curufin.
  • Parental Favoritism: Fëanor's favorite son. Fëanor in fact gave him the name his own father had given him — Curufinwë in Quenya, which became Curufin in Sindarin.
  • Pet the Dog: A very intentional case. Tolkien wrote that he felt Curufin appeared more villainous than he really was because he was mostly present in the "Lay of Leithian," where he had the role of a ruthless antagonist. To change this, Tolkien wrote a scene where Curufin's cousin, Aredhel, was escaping from her Domestic Abuser husband Eöl, and Curufin captured Eöl when he was hot on her trail. Curufin was perfectly capable of killing Eöl there and then, and none of his men would have objected. However, Curufin spared Eöl because killing him would have been cold blooded murder, and even Curufin had standards.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Celegorm's Red. Compare their respective speeches to the people of Nargothrond.
  • Smug Snake: His methods of taking over Nargothrond are just smarmy, manipulative, underhanded, and nasty.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Celegorm in the Lay of Leithian, as they jointly cause problems for Beren and Lúthien.
  • Token Evil Team Mate: Unlike his brothers, who were driven to evil by their oath, Curufin actively wanted power to the point where he planned to rule all the elven kingdoms.
  • The Usurper: Plotted to have his cousin, Finrod, killed in order to obtain rule of his kingdom for Celegorm. He also had the extra plan of marrying Celegorm with Lúthien to gain the rule of Doriath.
  • Warrior Prince: Like most of the House of Finwë.
  • You're Not My Father: At the receiving end of this by his son Celebrimbor, who repudiated him and refused to follow him when he and Celegorm were cast out of Nargothrond.

     Amrod 
The sixth son of Fëanor and Nerdanel, and the twin brother of Amras. In the 1977 Silmarillion, Amrod ruled East Beleriand with Amras and died alongside him in the Third Kinslaying; but according to The History of Middle-earth X: Morgoth's Ring, Amrod was shocked by his father's deeds and planned to sail one of the ships back to Valinor to reunite with his mother, and Fëanor accidentally killed him by burning the ship he was sleeping in.
  • Accidental Murder: Intended to return to Valinor and stayed behind on his ship. Fëanor was aware of his plans and burned the ships to stop anyone from going back, unaware that Amrod was still onboard. He was dismayed to find out the truth when Amras came to ask him if he had awakened Amrod before setting the ships on fire.
  • Fiery Redhead: We don't know much about the guy's personality, but from what we do know, the twins were just as fierce and violent as their siblings.
  • I Have Many Names: Amrod, Ambarussa, Umbarto, Ambarto, Pityafinwë, Pityo, Atyarussa. He also has an Old English name, Deormod.
  • Momma's Boy: Apparently, even back in Valinor. When Fëanor and his host were about to leave for Middle-Earth, Nerdanel begged her husband to leave a few of their sons with her, or at least Amrod, hinting that he was her favourite. (The other possibility is that she knew he'd die if he left.)
  • Prophetic Names: Named Umbarto, "Fated," by his mother Nerdanel. Fëanor was bothered by such an ominous name, and pretended to have misheard it as Ambarto, "top-exalted".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempted. However, it's doubtful that Amrod would have been allowed back to Valinor, considering he had sworn the Oath of Fëanor and participated in the First Kinslaying.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Amrod and Amras both looked and behaved very similarily and may have been mistaken for each other as children. However, as the twins matured, Amras's hair grew darker and others were finally able to tell them apart.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Originally, Nerdanel gave both twins the name "Ambarussa." Fëanor objected to this, pleading that the boys would at least have different names. This led to the above Prophetic Names situation. The twins still called each other Ambarussa.

     Amras 
The youngest son of Fëanor and Nerdanel, and the twin brother of Amrod. Amras claimed rulership of the lands of East Beleriand, where he became a great hunter. He died in the attack on the Havens of Sirion, in pursuit of a Silmaril.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: The only one who dared to call Fëanor out, other than his mother, because of his father's accidental killing of Amrod.
  • Fiery Redhead: We don't know much about the guy's personality, but from what we do know, the twins were just as fierce and violent as their siblings.
  • I Have Many Names: Amras, Ambarussa, Telufinwë, Telvo, Minyarussa. He also has an Old English name, Tirgeld.
  • Parental Favoritism: Fëanor seemed to love him more than Amrod. It didn't seem to come between them at all.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Amrod and Amras both looked and behaved very similarly and may have been mistaken for each other as children. However, as the twins matured, Amras's hair grew darker and others were finally able to tell them apart.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Originally, Nerdanel gave both twins the name "Ambarussa." Fëanor objected to giving them both the same name, and Amrod was renamed. However, they still called each other Ambarussa.
  • Warrior Prince: Like most of the House of Finwë.

     Celebrimbor 
The son of Curufin. Celebrimbor survived the ruin of Beleriand and settled in the elven realm of Eregion in the Second Age, which he ruled after Galadriel and Celeborn relocated to Lothlórien. Like his father and grandfather, Celebrimbor was the greatest smith of his age. Against Galadriel's advice, he created the Rings of Power with the disguised Sauron, but suspecting his partner, he created the Three Rings of the Elves in secret, which were not corrupted by the Dark Lord. When the treachery was uncovered, Sauron declared war on Eregion and slew Celebrimbor, but not before the Three Rings were entrusted to Gil-galad and Galadriel.
  • Anti-Villain: Type IV. Acording to one version of his story in Unfinished Tales, Celebrimbor overthrew Galadriel's rule of Eregion in a bloodless coup.
  • Ascended Extra: Not exactly an extra, but for a character who wasn't well known outside hardcore Tolkien fandom, getting two AAA video games is pretty impressive.
  • The Atoner: Celebrimbor worked hard to make up for his family's wrongdoing. When he finally realized Sauron was a demon who'd tricked him, he finally took Galadriel's advice and willingly gave away the Three Rings (giving one to her) — in contrast to Fëanor, who wouldn't give up the Silmarils even to save the Two Trees.
  • The Blacksmith: Perhaps the greatest since his grandfather, Fëanor.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In the more detailed Second Age history published in Unfinished Tales, Celebrimbor was captured in the invasion of Eregion, and tortured and executed by Sauron. Whatever Sauron did to him was so awful that he gave up the locations of the Seven Rings, though he held out on the locations of the Three.
  • Defector from Decadence: He renounced his father's evil deeds and took no part in the Second or Third Kinslayings.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: In one version of Celebrimbor's story in the Unfinished Tales, he is in love with Galadriel and creates the Elessar (Elfstone) for her as a gift. He laments sadly that Galadriel chose Celeborn over him. It is notable that Celebrimbor is never stated to have had a wife or mate in any version of his story, indicating that perhaps for him, Unrequited Love Lasts Forever.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Unfinished Tales reveals that Celebrimbor was horribly tortured to death when he refused to give up the location of the three elvish rings. As an added bonus, Sauron had his body shot full of arrows and strung up on a pole as a banner when he marched to war with Gil-Galad and Elrond.
  • Foil: To his grandfather Feanor, to his father, and to Sauron himself.
    • Like his grandfather, he is considered the best blacksmith of his time. Both created some of the greatest artifacts of Arda. But while Feanor was selfish, harsh, and leaded the elves "intentionally" to a catastrophic campaign that ended up with millions of deaths, Celebrimbor was noble, good, and tried to make things to help the rest of middle earth. Despite that for both things ended up terribly wrong, their final actions are contrasting. Feanor made his sons swear to finish their mission despite everything, while Celebrimbor sacrificed himself to ensure the elvish rings would not be captured by Sauron and put to evil use.
    • To his father, from whom he deserted. Both keen of mind, brilliant, and with a very close relationship with the dwarves. But while Curufin was cruel, deceitful, and, for the lack of other word, evil, his son was practically the opposite. It is telling he deserted his father for his horrible actions in Nargothrond (one of them being to leave their cousin Finrod to die in Sauron's dungeons).
    • And finally, to the Dark Lord himself. Both the best blacksmiths of their time, both ring makers, both looking to "save" middle Earth. But while Sauron wanted to rule above everyone, and his desire to save Arda was a cover for his lust for power and envy, Celebrimbor genuinely wanted to help.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Granted, Sauron was in disguise as a normal Maia and claimed to be an emissary from the Valar. But when his close friend Galadriel saw through the disguise, Celebrimbor still believed Sauron instead of her.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With the dwarf Narvi, who helped him build the Doors of Durin. It was a very unusual friendship, since the elves and dwarves mostly didn't get along after the fall of Doriath.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He refuses to tell Sauron the location of the elvish rings, despite being tortured.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes he's been manipulated by Sauron.
  • Tempting Fate: Evidently thought that because he had no part in his father and uncles' atrocities, he'd be immune to the whole everything-you-start-for-good-will-be-turned-to-evil part of the curse. Was he ever wrong!
  • Tragic Hero: He tried to make up for what his family screwed up but his gullibility and ambition played right into Sauron's hands.
  • Tragic Mistake: Trusting Annatar. His intentions and objectives were good and noble. But he had to trust the misterious Maiar who came to the door knocking.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Sauron, though he finally realized the deception before it was too late to repent.
    • Had the last laugh, though: he left notes on ringcrafting. And destroying.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Poor Celebirmbor. All his good intentions and actions ended up tying the elves's fate to Sauron's destiny (plus the nine men who ended up as the Nazgul, and all the dwarves lord's affected by the greed of the rings, and everyone around them), and also ensuring Sauron's continuous existence as long as the ring existed (while he did not have any doing in the forging of the One Ring (that was purely Sauron's making), his actions contributed with Sauron going on with his plan), in which the best outcome would force the elves to leave Middle Earth forever. It is even more tragic when you consider he is the most decent of all the descendants of Feanor.

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