Fëanor and Nerdanel
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Sons of the King: 4. Author's Notes
This series of short tales was inspired by the "Three Colours Trilogy" Challenge on the Henneth Annûn Story Archive. It looks at the three sons of Finwë following his murder and how each perceived his future and his duty to his family and his people. The colors and banners of each are based off the heraldry that Tolkien himself envisioned. Reproductions of each may be found at http://www.forodrim.org/gobennas/heraldry/heraldry.htm.
An understanding of The Silmarilion, of course, is helpful. Please direct to me any inquiries not covered by these notes.
"Fëanaro" is the Quenya name of Fëanor. After stealing the ships of the Teleri, he deserted his half-brother's people at Araman and set fire to the precious swan ships so that there was no way (he thought) that they could follow.
His eldest son Maedhros had red hair. It is also speculated—although unproven in canon—that his wife Nerdanel did also. This information is available in the essay "The Shibboleth of Fëanor," which may be found in The History of Middle-earth, Volume XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth.
Curufinwë (Curufin) was most like his father in mood and appearance. In "The Shibboleth," he is cited as being the most loyal to his father and—in one version of the burning of the ships—the only of the sons to participate in the act of treachery.
Maedhros was the only of Fëanor's sons to stand against his father. His quote about his cousin Fingon—whom he held dear as a friend—was lifted verbatim and may be found at the end of the chapter "Of the Flight of the Noldor."
"Nolofinwë" is the Quenya name of Fingolfin. Fingolfin and his people were betrayed by Fëanor at Araman. Perhaps most poignant in this tale is the desertion of Fingon, who was a close friend of Maedhros despite the animosity between their fathers and later united with his cousin to restore the peace between their Houses.
When the people of Fingolfin were left at Araman, their only choices were to return to Valinor and face the wrath of the Valar or attempt to cross the ice at Helcaraxë.
Fingon's disdain of his father's name "Finwë Nolofinwë" refers to mention made in "The Shibboleth of Fëanor" to the fact that—upon Fëanor's banishment to Formenos—Fingolfin assumed the kingship and amended his name to be Finwë Nolofinwë. It is believed that the name "Finwë," which formed the suffices for many characters' Quenya names, may have taken on a meaning close to that of "King" to the Noldorin people. Fëanor, no doubt, did not appreciate his half-brother's use of the title while Finwë remained alive, and Fingolfin's insistence on its use heightened the animosity between the brothers.
"Arafinwë" is the Quenya name of Finarfin. When his brothers and children went forth to Middle-earth, Finarfin alone turned back and assumed the kingship of the Noldor in Valinor.
Finarfin's wife Eärwen was of the Teleri, who were known for their silvery hair and their love of the sea.
"Finderato" is the Quenya name of Finrod, the eldest son of Finarfin. He is golden-haired, like his father, and went to Middle-earth in hopes of reigning over his own kingdom.
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