The Silmarillion Recap: War of Wrath Part I (Gathering the Troops)

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Last week, Eärendil began his nightly journeys beyond the confines of the world and casts some doubt into Morgoth’s heart. This week, Morgoth gets more than he was bargaining for.

Quenta Silmarillion Chapter 24 part 6

It’s been a long time since Morgoth faced a major assault. Since the last big war (and it was a big war), he’s had a few annoyances, but he feels quite secure in his longstanding fortress of Angband surrounded by his imposing armies. Elves and Men have fought him before, but he’s managed to crush them. And he doesn’t figure there will be any trouble from the Valar across the Sea because they are too separated from the Noldor and won’t act on their behalf. That’s why the next set of events come as a complete shock. He has no idea about Eärendil or what the Valar plans to do.

The Valar plans to go to war.

Before they do, though, it sounds like a reunion from the beginning of the “Quenta Silmarillion.” Joining the Valar are two groups of Elves that haven’t been mentioned in a very long time: the Vanyar and the Noldor who chose to stay in Valinor.

While many of the Noldor chose to follow Fëanor to their doom, plenty of them had no interest in revenge and its consequences and have been in Valinor the whole time. Heading them up is Finarfin, Fëanor’s more level-headed half-brother. And now, so many years later, Finarfin is finally venturing to Middle-earth along with the Valar to clean up the mess his half-brother made.

The Vanyar and the Noldor aren’t the only two groups of Elves, though. The Teleri are there too. At first, they flat out refuse. They might be more laid back, but they haven’t forgotten that Fëanor killed their people and burned their ships as he fled to Middle-earth. This isn’t their fight. They already paid enough. However, Elwing is related to them, so for her sake, they agree to sail everyone across the Sea and wait on the shores of Middle-earth for the war to be over.

With this accompaniment, the Valar grab their gear and head out. It’s time for Morgoth to pay for what he’s done.

Next time, Morgoth finds a surprise on his doorstep…

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