016 – Hit the Road, Jack…

In the first half of Chapter 9 of The Silmarillion, “Of the Flight of the Noldor”, Melkor and Ungoliant leave the dead Trees behind them and continue their crime spree in Formenos. Fëanor goes full-emo and rallies the Noldor to pursue his Black Foe back to Middle-earth, swearing a terrible oath in the process. We revisit Míriel in Mandos, and also discuss how a Silmaril is like a bite of ribeye.

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Recommended Reading:

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Silmarillion (Mariner Books, paperback) pp. 78-85, “Of the Flight of the Noldor”

Tolkien, J. R. R. (Christopher Tolkien, ed.) Morgoth’s Ring (The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10) (HarperCollins, paperback)

2 thoughts on “016 – Hit the Road, Jack…

  1. (New listener here; I’ve heard 3 episodes so far.)

    Starting about 1:41:40, you all talked about the Valar in a no-win situation. It would have been better if they could have stopped the Noldor, but as you describe it, they couldn’t intervene because Fëanor would use that to prove his point that the Elves were their thralls. Well, I wondered, what kind of great Powers are the Valar, if they can get caught out so easily? That made me realize that one Vala is missing. You know who could have resolved this whole situation? Loki.

    ‘”Come away, let the cowards keep this city!” cried Fëanor, and he stepped upon a banana peel, and he fell heavily upon the bones of his sacrum, and the Ainur were united with the kindreds of the Eldar in merriment.’

    Every other mythology has some kind of a trickster in it. This must be why.

  2. Now THAT is good humor — Fëanor stepping on a banana peel and Manwë doing a spit-take with his tea! 🙂

    On the more serious note, I tend to think of moments like these as reminders of the Valar’s limited powers — albeit powers far, FAR beyond ours — and their ultimate need for reliance on Ilúvatar.

    And, by the way, welcome aboard — we are very happy to have you, and are glad you’ve started the long and arduous journey of catching up on our episodes. Be sure to either like us on Facebook or Twitter if you use either of those platforms!


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