Sons of Fëanor

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In J. R. R. Tolkien's world of Middle-earth, the seven sons of Fëanor, the eldest prince of the Noldor, led their people from Valinor to rule over kingdoms in the Northeast of Beleriand:

They and their father led the Noldor from Valinor to Beleriand in pursuit of Morgoth, who stole Fëanor's greatest work, the Silmarils. Since Fëanor died in an early battle, his sons were the driving force behind the ensuing wars. Their heroism was great and they were mighty leaders and foes of Morgoth, but because of the Oath of Fëanor (which they all swore) their actions were also sometimes evil.

Only one survived the First Age. Because of the nature of their Oath—that they would not permit anyone else to have the Silmarils, not even other Elves—their deaths were generally not in battle with Morgoth but rather in desperate, Oath-driven assaults on other Elves. The only three not killed in such a manner were Maedhros, who killed himself at the very end of the First Age, and Maglor, who survived only to wander despondently alone along the shores of Middle-earth, and – in The Peoples of Middle-earth – Amras, who perished at Losgar by a terrible accident.[1] In The Silmarillion, though, Amras is killed along with Amrod when they, along with Maedhros and Maglor, attack the refugee camp near the Mouths of Sirion.

The House of Fëanor[edit]

Finwë
Míriel
Mahtan
Fëanor
Nerdanel
Maedhros
Celegorm
Curufin
Amras
Maglor
Caranthir
Amrod
Celebrimbor

Fëanor's only grandson, Celebrimbor, collaborated with Annatar (Sauron in disguise) to create the Rings of Power. However, the Three Rings, which were the greatest Rings except for Sauron's One, Celebrimbor forged alone in secret. But the Three were nonetheless subject to the authority of the One, which Sauron in his turn had forged alone in secret.

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  1. ^ "...In the morning [after the burning of the ships] the host was mustered, but of Fëanor’s seven sons only six were to be found. Then Ambarussa went pale with fear. ‘Did you not then rouse Ambarussa my brother (whom you called Ambarto)?’ he said. ‘He would not come ashore to sleep (he said) in discomfort.’ But it is thought (and no doubt Fëanor guessed this also) that it was in the mind of Ambarto to sail his ship back [afterwards] and rejoin Nerdanel; for he had been much [shocked] by the deed of his father." (Tolkien, J. R. R. (1996), Christopher Tolkien, ed., The Peoples of Middle-earth, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", ISBN 0-395-82760-4 ).