Besides all of it... I am just wondering what your thoughts are of Maglor's fate. Does he still wander on Middle Earth? What became of him. Let me know!
It says Maglor whas a poet.
Names - Maglor, Kanafinwe, Makalaure.
That's about all I can find on Maglor.
Maglor (Silm, UT)> KanaFinwe> Makalaure. Maglor was the second son of Feanor and was said to be the greatest minstrel (singer) out of all the Noldor. His voice was said to be heard all over Valinor and he had a wife, though her name was not recorded and he had no children. He had dark hair and his father name was KanaFinwe and his mother name was Makalaure. He like all his brothers and his father, was involved in the Kinslaying and he too swore the oath of the Silmaril’s. When he came to Beleriand, he resided, like all of the Feanorians in East Beleriand and resided close to Maedhros, his brother in the gap between Himring and Mount Rerir and thus place was known as the ’Gap of Maglor’ thereafter. In the ’Battle of Sudden Flame’, Glaurung came through the Gap of Maglor and Maglor fled to Himring, which alone of the Feanorian kingdom’s stood firm. Maglor took part in the Battle of Unumbered Tears, and he slew Ulfang, the accursed, who betrayed the Eldar and he like all his other brothers escaped wounded, yet alive. He took part in the attacks on Doriath and Sirion, and surviving both, he then fostered Elrond and Elros, whilst Earendil and Elwing were in Valinor and they loved each other greatly, as father and sons. After the War of Wrath, he together with his brother Maedhros slew the guards who guarded the Silmaril’s and took them. The Silmaril’s were hallowed by Varda, however, so that no evil hands could touch them and so after a while the pain of the Silmaril’s grew to much for him and he cast it into the sea. Realising the evil the oath had caused, he then wandered Middle-Earth, singing songs of lament of the fall of the Noldor and it is probable that he either killed himself or died of grief, as was the wont of the Elves.
He was so gentle, and he had feelings...he shouldn't have been wrapped up in all that Oath business, it just shows how evil Morgoth made his father, and the Silmarils weren't exactly innocent
The Silmarils were 100% innocent and pure, as they contained the light of Laurelin and Telperion, and were blessed by Varda. Why do you think Melkor burnt his hands on them ?
Maglor taking up the Oath, was largely due to peer pressure imo... he had 6 brothers who immediately jumped around their father and took up the Oath, hence he didn't want to be the chicken/odd man out.
They were never a "tool" of evil. They could never be used by evil, as anyone evil who'd touch it, would burn his hands and suffer great pain. Morgoth never used them, they just sat in his crown until Beren snatched one of them.
They sure made a saving on his electricity bill, though
No wonder he freaked everyone out.
'The remaining two Silmarils are regained from the Iron Crown ’ only to be lost. The last two sons of F’anor, compelled by their oath, steal them, and are destroyed by them, casting themselves into the sea, and the pits of the earth.' JRRT 1951, Letters
This seems to have been the idea behind the later Lay of Leithian too:
'No other player has there been,
no other lips or fingers seen
so skilled, 'tis said in elven-lore,
save Maelor* son of F’anor,
forgotten harper, singer doomed,
who young when Laurelin yet bloomed
to endless lamentation passed
and in the tombless sea was cast.'
The Lay of Leithian Recommenced HME III
Perhaps both descriptions were to appear in variant sources within the Legendarium; but if only one, I would guess that Maglor ended up in the Sea.
Someone (on another forum) just noted a reference that might be added here I think, considering the misty fate of Maglor, both from an internal perspective and an external one (there is also a reference from The Tale of Years [The War of the Jewels] that seems to agree with Maglor wandering rather than perishing, at least wandering for a while anyway, but the description from the Lay is dated later in any case, as far as I recall).
Anyway, The Shibboleth of Feanor (dated 1968 or later) includes a sentence in which it is stated: '... when Feanor and all his sons had perished'.