Sometimes it seems he loves him and respects him as his brother, but at other times Fingolfin is rather cold.
This last question might earn a few scowls from all you Tolkien purists out there, but really, Feanor has to have his chance at repenting and going out for a new life of joy too. And I've always felt rather sorry for him. He's so consumed by his own fire that he can never taste real joy.
He should have been more use than just providing us with his offsprings.
Somebody who is willing to sacrifice almost an entire House in order to get three chunks of glass (or whatever they are made of) back, isn't though.
Feanor was pretty ruthless, and definately self-willed. But sometimes I just don't get it. Why do es such a clever being not understand right and wrong? Feanor knows just about everyhting except this. And it's ruined him. How can he, a Noldo who loves to preserve beauty and make beauty, not see the beauty of life? Surely that's the most beautiful of all things.
And Fingolfin, well, I agree that he was more noble than wise. I mean, taking on Morgoth alone? Brave, but foolish in my opinion. But he's the noble sort, so I suppose this is expected of him. You can't expect him to just sit and seethe with anger on his throne, now could you?
I, however don't think that Finwe would really follow Feanor into Exile. He loves his son, but I think he had enough wisdom to know his duties as a High King do not allow him to bandy with his brilliant son's rashness.
Thither also came Finwe the King, because of the love that he bore to Feanor; and Fingolfin ruled the Noldor in Tirion.
Even Finrod Felegund, who was considered among the wisest of elves, followed Fingolfin.
Fëanor was a genius, but also an idiot savant. His whole life in Valinor was a restless struggle to pour all his talent, his spirit into great works - which culminated in the Silmarils. All his works were made because he believed it was the only thing that could possibly make him happy, give his life some meaning. Once he had made his 'masterpiece', his 'preciousssss', he considered his life to be complete and clinged to his precious jewelry like a shark to the leg of a hapless swimmer : his Simarils became his epitome of happiness.
I'm pretty sure that Fingolfin would again forgive Fëanor - Fingolfin is noble and wise
Being the wisest of Finwë's sons, Finarfin did the greatest deed in the War of the Jewels : he refused to join the Exile, only to gloriously appear in Beleriand 600 years later in the War of Wrath.
When I first read the Silmarillion, I thought how noble and brave Fingolfin was to duel Morgoth. Each time I read it, however, that diminishes a little. The fight was futile and achieved nothing. Fingolfin did not attack Morgoth out of pride, but out of dispair after the might of the Noldor was broken during the Battle of Sudden Flame.
Fëanor thanked Fingolfin by burning the swanships at Losgar and hence condemning Fingolfin and his followers to a hellish ordeal along the Helcaraxë.
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