While rereading The Silmarillion and Paradise Lost in quick succession I was struck with the mirror between Milton's Satanic host and Tolkien's Noldor in Middle-Earth. That both stories are movingly told (in part) from the point of view of the guilty seemed not accidental. And of all the sons of Feanor, Maglor (aside from that he was the longest-lived) seemed most likely sensitive to the contradiction in the Feanorian position: caught between the Doom and the Oath, between pride and the mercy/grace of the Valar.
But moreover, that Maglor lived to come by and then lose a Silmaril was especially poignant in the context of the prologue in Book 3, where Milton, now blind, discusses his relationship to the light.
The "trembling stars of Varda" is directly taken from Galadriel's lament in The Fellowship. The "frond of stars" from (a translation of) Lorca's "Variations." Numerous words are taken after Milton, esp. in describing the heavens, Satan, and Light.
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