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As I commented on the other Celebrimbor's bio on this site, the idea of Celebrimbor being responsible, indirectly, to the downfall of the 2nd dark lord is very intriguing.
I also like your conclusion that Celebrimbor's role in the events of the end of the 3rd age serve as a sign of his exoneration of past "sins".
I use "sins" in quotes, because Celebrimbor's collaboration with Annatar was not knowingly a sin. It turned out as such, in hindsight. I also see his grisly death, as some kind of atonement.
One less explored trail which is very interesting, is Tolkien's intention to give Celebrimbor a Telerin identity and different storyline. I find it most interesting because it was created after the LOTR was printed.
Thank you for a very interesting reading.
Sometimes the things that Tolkien contemplated late in his life, considering taking part of Galadriel's agency away from her and her early complicity in the rebellion of the Noldor against the gods. He seems to have started backpedaling, wanting to chose a more pious path over the more dramatic and effective one. unwriting some parts of what back the story of the Noldor stand so tall among epic tales throughout history. The same for turning Celebrimbor into a more pallid character with less tension and conflict by giving him a Telerin identity and a different storyline. As it exists it makes a nearly perfect circle to have Celebrimbor turn his back on the followers of Feanor and try to chart his own path, only to be taken in by the same appetites and eventually brought down the the shadow of the Doom of the Noldor. In my opinion, to change all that would be spoiling one of his best story threads, robbing it of its grandeur. Like giving Oedipus a happy ending. Or writing the Iliad where Patroclus is not killed and Achilles behaves well throughout.
Thank for so very much for reading and commenting on it.
Hi Oshun, thought I'd leave my MEFA review here:
Not only is Oshun a gifted fiction writer but she also has turned her considerable journalistic skills to writing carefully-crafted biographies of various characters in Tolkien's legendarium. These have been helpful to me on a number of occasions so that I didn't have to pour through the documents to extract the information I wanted about a character. I always find her essays thoughtful and well documented, clear, and well written. She covers what is in Tolkien's works and examines the often contradictory material in various drafts. (I sometimes wonder how Christopher waded through all of this.)
In this essay, Oshun discusses Celebrimbor, [whose foremost claim to fame is that of intellectual architect of the Rings of Power.] In the first paragraph she describes his pivotal importance as he [directly links the world of the Silmarillion to the story of the defeat of Sauron and the destruction of the One Ring in the Third Age.] She parses out for us various versions in Tolkien's notes, including the meaning of his name, what his appearance might be, but more importantly his character and how his great gift, like his famous grandfather Feanor, of "creative ambition" was also his downfall, allowing Sauron to seduce him. Once the betrayal is discovered, however, Celebrimbor [never looks back] and although he pays a grisly price, ultimately his quick actions thwart Saurons' designs. Oshun's character bios are more than a simple summation of what is known about the characters; they are insightful analyses in their own right, that illuminate a character's nature and actions and provoke ideas for more fanfic.Thanks!
Thank you! I loved your review the first time around. Thrilled to have it here.
Allow me to congratulate you for a wonderfully done work, oshun, and furthermore, for not even blinking while stating the fact that the scion of the House of the Dispossessed has played a key part in Sauron's downfall. As I must declare myself a rabid fan of the said House, your clear and correct statements are like music to my (poor abused) ears."grin"
Author's Response: Sitara! I missed this lovely comment. I popped in here to look up a fact and found it. Thank you so much. I am a huge fan of the so-called House of the Dispossessed myself. I'm sure it shows. But, hey, I footnote!
Oshun – incredible work; not only on the Celebrimbor biography, which is superb, but all of them thus far posted. Beautifully written and painstakingly researched, they are far more in-depth, entertaining and valuable than any other biographies on the internet. This is an amazing resource for writers. Thank you!
Author's Response: Thank you! You are lovely to check in here to say so think so! I appreciate it so much.
Brilliant, Oshun! Brilliant!
Author's Response: Thank you, Lilith. I really am happy you appreciated it. I am just getting ready to pimp it on my LJ as the bio that definitively proves that it was really the Noldor who are responsible for the victory over Sauron in the LotR. I thought it perfect for B2MeMonth. (I know, I never stop!). I hope the credits make it clear I was not without my co-conspirators. And I believe every word I wrote, no tongue-in-cheek.