017 – …Don’t You Come Back

In the second half of Chapter 9 of The Silmarillion, “Of the Flight of the Noldor”, the exiles continue down the road to certain doom, spurred on by Fëanor’s oath. We witness the terrible Kinslaying at Alqualondë, hear what Mandos has to say about that, and see the straw that broke Fingolfin’s back. Also, we date ourselves terribly with some appropriate music references.

For the essay “Fëanor and Melkor: so different, so alike,” referenced in our discussion of the burning of the ships at Losgar, please see the blog Middle-earth Reflections (middleearthreflections.wordpress.com) by listener Olga P.

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Recommended Reading:

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Silmarillion (Mariner Books, paperback) pp. 85-90, “Of the Flight of the Noldor”

Tolkien, J. R. R. (Christopher Tolkien, ed.) Sauron Defeated (The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 9) (HarperCollins, paperback)


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