Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Battle Under the Stars

So here is what I wrote in class. It is in reference to the Battle-Under-Stars in the beginning of chapter 13. In an effort to sound as Tolkien-like as possible I took some of his sentences out of context and used them for my own version. I also just left some sentences untouched if they were not parts that I changed...
       Now the flames of that burning were not only seen by Fingolfin, whom Feanor had deserted in Araman, but also by the Orcs and Watchers of Morgoth. The host of Morgoth, aroused by the tumult of Lammath and the light of the burning at Losgar, came through the Mountain of Shadow and assailed Feanor on a sudden. The assault came swiftly ere the Noldor's camp was full-wrought or put in defense. 
      Thus began the Second Great Battle in the Wars of Beleriand. Dagor-Nuin-Giliath is is named, The Battle Under the Stars. The Noldor, out numbered and taken unawares were swift to the defense. The Noldor's swords were long and terrible and deadly with anger. The Noldor fought valiantly for the Light of Aman was not fully dimmed in their eyes. 
      Ere the Noldor could claim victory, Gothmog, Lord of Balrogs entered upon the field of battle. Scores of elves Gothmog sent to the Halls of Mandos and many more were to follow. Feanor, a formidable warrior, was too busy leading his forces against the Orcish hoards to face the Balrog therefor, in his stead he sent his sons lead by Maedhros, to slay Gothmog. Feanor witnessed in terror as the beast devoured his sons with ease. Maedhros was the last to burn after wounding the Balrog with a thrust of his blade that barely missed the beast's molten black heart. Feanor, ripe with rage moved towards the beast quickly. The Balrog made not effort to flee and instead bathed in the pleasure that he felt from murdering Elvish royalty and the coming chance to destroy another, greater adversary. 
      Feanor wasted no time with customary banter and instead assaulted upon the monster with all the fury he could muster. Gothmog had been wounded by the prince kin slayer and was slow to react.
Feanor moved with the strength, speed and violence that could only come from one who wanted revenge more than his own life. The Balrog, in his arrogance found himself no longer fighting, but instead trying to survive his fight with this great elf. As Feanor slashed on, the Balrogs whip slowed and his flame began to dim. The deceitful Balrog knew he had no chance of besting Feanor so he took a knee and begged for mercy. After the murder of his sons Feanor had no mercy to give, but he paused in his fury so as to savor the execution of Gothmog. As Feanor paused the feigning Balrog raised his sword and smote the kin-slayer through his heart. Feanor stood pale for a moment, then fell limp to the cold ground ere he joined his sons in the Halls of Mandos. 
     Upon the extinguishing of the son's of Feanor, the Noldor despaired with anguish they not felt since the coming of Melkor and the great spider. In their sorrow  and due to their great vacancy of leadership the Noldor were defeated by the merciless hosts of Morgoth. The Orcish...


Austin M. said...

Nicely done, Troy. I thought your additional description of the Balrogs was excellent. It is interesting that you, like Sarah, commented on the fact that Fëanor is driven not by the will for good to conquer evil, but rather by vengeance and hate. This, for me, is incredibly reminiscent of Star Wars in that giving in to these emotions and allowing them to govern your actions draws you into evil (Anakin).

Troy Wells said...

Touche, it's is interesting how not matter how "good" of a person you were or background you come from, once your motivation comes from vengeance or hate you inevitably go to the "dark side." I bet we would be hard pressed to find many examples of truly good guys that turned evil without vengeance being a part of the reason they changed.