12 April 2012

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 286: the Curse of Mandos

Following the rebellion of Fëanor and the Kinslaying at Alqualondë, a great prophecy was spoken by the Vala Mandos, foretelling a dark future for the Noldor, filled with treachery and death, and the promise that they would fade to emptiness beside the Younger Children (the Men who were slowly beginning to awaken). The Curse was laid most strongly on those who had sworn the Oath of Fëanor, and it was by this doom that the Sons of Fëanor became deceitful and treacherous.  Fëanor’s half-brother, Finarfin, was so moved by the prophecy that he and many of his followers repented and sought the forgiveness of the Valar: they were forgiven and allowed re-entry into Valinor.

Also called the Prophecy of the North, the Doom of Mandos, and the Doom of the Noldor.

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