A Close Reading of Nightfall in Middle-earth by Blind Guardian
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“I had a mind to make a body of more or less connected legend, ranging from the large and cosmogonic to the level of romantic fairy-story… The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama.” (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Blind Guardian was not the first heavy metal artist to write songs about the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, but Nightfall in Middle-earth remains one of the longest sustained attempts in the genre. Olbrich and Kürsch went a bit further than Page and Plant mentioning Gollum in Ramble On, or Rush naming a single track “Rivendell.” Not only did they use The Silmarillion, a text too nerdy for rockstars as it is, they also demonstrate basic familiarity with the History of Middle-earth series—and where else do they demonstrate this but in the original (“fanfiction”) prose material included in the album leaflet? (This is why, if you have downloaded Nightfall in Middle-earth, I really recommend you be old-fashioned and go out to buy the actual CD! It’s worth it!)
Whether you consider NIME an “homage” or a “fanwork” (or, if you’re like me, you consider such distinctions to be worthless), the band does more than retell or even dramatize—they interpret. This study seeks to understand The Silmarillion as André Olbrich and Hansi Kürsch did in 1998, track by track. [below the cut]
"Fuck the Valar"
In rainbow Tengwar. <3
a little love story about mermaids and tattoos
do u ever think about aro ace maedhros
Silmarillion mood boards (3/?)
Maedhros in his outdoor clothes.Thank you for reminding me, anon.
Melkor what did Eru say
this one goes to 11
» Because only Vin Diesel could ever be ridiculously nerdy enough to attend the UK world premiere red carpet for Guardians of the Galaxy wearing a “I am Groot” t-shirt and walking on stilts
Moryo, don’t pull big bro’s hair. And it is not to eat either~
OK, I’ll just accept that my place in this fandom is to make fluffy feanorians. Have a big brother Maedhros honing his fosterparenting skills with grumpy baby Caranthir. After 6 little brothers you can only expecting A+ father material.
Finduilas with wavy hair for you (and in a very difficult palette for her!)
I hope you don’t mind the absence of proper clothes haha 8’D
Thank you for your request ♥
Before I begin talking about Fëanor I’d like to make this clear: I am not and never will justify what he did by saying that he’s misunderstood and not a bad guy but it will certainly look like I’m saying that and everyone could think “oh you just can’t accept that your favourite character is evil”, believe me, that is not the case, I really don’t care how evil a character is, if I like them, I like them. (Also, I have huge amounts of love for Fëanor but he’s not my favourite so it’s a kind of weird love, there’s some kind of respect I feel towards him, I feel that he’s important to me, I don’t know why).
Fëanor. He is neither a hero nor a monster. Life is not as simple as that. It’s not ALWAYS possible to label people as good or evil, heroes or monsters. You can say that Morgoth is a monster (I’m sure some people would find reasons as to why that is not so), you could say Fingon was a hero but some people, like Fëanor, they can’t be described as one thing or the other.
Fëanor was one of a kind. And Fëanor was also just an elf. To blame him for everything his people, his sons, his sons’ servants, did is a huge mistake.
Fëanor did not free his people. But he certainly encouraged them to be free.
Fëanor did not do every deed that we call evil. People are moved, people follow leaders, people choose for how long to follow and how far to go. FREE WILL, they call it, and I’m tired of excuses such as “he made me do it” No! YOU choose to do something. The evil deeds that happened while Fëanor was alive might have been initiated by him. But everything that happened after Fëanor’s death was only inspired by him. Others did what they thought was right to do, or what they thought was good for them to do. Others, not Fëanor. And oath or not, it’s your choice, live with it.
He’s not an immortal powerful monster that spent a whole age of the world tormenting and killing everyone including his kin. He was just a man, well, an elf. An elf who’s life and spirit and inner fire were too much, too strong for his mother who bore him, and I believe, it was too much for him as well. Too much for his sons. Too much for the Noldor. Too much for the world. He saw his mother fade away after his birth. He saw his father loving someone else and really, I’m surprised if you don’t think that the way he felt towards Fingolfin (and his new family) is understandable. I’m not saying it’s right, I’m just saying that I can understand how he feels and I would have felt the same, but then again, that’s me, and that has nothing to do with Fëanor.
He did what he did best and it was taken from him. Melkor was set loose and he lost his greatest work because of this and he lost his father. What help came from the Valar? First they wanted the Silmarils to use them themselves then his father is slain and they do nothing about it. It’s easy to feel enraged at times like that and to swear an oath like the one he did. When you feel so utterly helpless and lost, when no help comes from the ones that are supposed to be there to protect you, one’s faith might falter. No higher powers were there to help him, then he might as well do something about it himself and try to recover what is his and leave that land were they were supposed to be safe.
He’s not a hero. But he’s not a cruel kinslaying monster either. I will never justify the kinslayings but let’s not turn someone into a monster when the enemy has always been Melkor. And the Valar piss me off terribly. Stop being passive agressive bastards and do something! After all, it’s your fault that Melkor was freely roaming around! So yes, he didn’t free the Noldor but he certainly was one of those who dared get the notion of being free in their heads (not that some of them hadn’t thought about it before). He just gave a little push and it’s something that would have happened, one way or the other.
Cruel he was. Blinded by his fury, his rage, his fire. He dragged his sons with him, his sons who never had peace of mind. He dragged others who had nothing to do with this in between (of all the kinslayings the one at Alqualonde is the one that hurts me most). Leaving his brother and those he didn’t trust behind was cruel (yet Fingolfin followed, risking the lives of his people, because of his own interests, didn’t he?). By then Fëanor had lost his mind. Someone as fierce as he is would burn everything and everyone around him and he did. Because that’s what he was but he wasn’t a monster, and he wasn’t a hero, he was just an elf, one of a kind yes, but still just an elf. And that’s precisely what makes his tragic life so sad and impossible to label as hero or monster.
you are now the legal guardian of the last fictional character you called your baby. How screwed are you
sometimes I cry because Glorfindel
how about all the time
I’m all about unforgiving and hating and holding grudges because it keeps me safe and mentally healthy and I don’t care about your stupid feel-good quotes about forgiving everyone everywhere always so you can take your feel-good emotionally manipulative apologist bullshit and shove it