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The Dagor Dagorath approaches, and nearly all of those slain in the wars of the past Ages have been reborn to prepare themselves for the Last Battle. Among them is Curufinwë Fëanáro, last to leave the Halls of Mandos and tasked with earning his redemption. Fëanáro and his kin begin together the days which will lead them to the End, the guilt of the past mingling with joy long-lost, recalling at last what it is to truly live. Canon-divergent in spots.
Characters: FŽanor, Fingolfin, FinwŽ, Nerdanel, Original Character(s), Sons of FŽanor
Warnings: Mature Themes, Violence--Mild
Series: One Star in the Sky
Chapters: 22 Completed: Yes
Word count: 131265 Read: 12542
Published: September 01, 2014 Updated: February 04, 2017
In which the prisoner recalls the Void and the release of his soul from it.
In which the prisoner's mind is a dark place, but Light is the mother of Shadow and will always triumph.
In which the prisoner is no longer a prisoner and has an important conversation with his keeper.
In which the Reborn has the first of his reunions, as well as a run-in with an old rival.
In which the Reborn and his rival have a painful conversation that comes to a rather pleasant ending.
In which the Reborn reunites with his lady wife.
In which the Reborn lays to rest a demon from his past, once and for all.
In which the Reborn is reunited with his beloved sons, and the emotions of all parties run high.
In which the Reborn meets a strange little spirit who will shape the future of Arda.
In which a feast is held, the Telerin ambassador is extremely wise, and not everyone is pleased about the Reborn's return.
In which Reborn recovers from his brush with death and rekindles relationships with several family members along the way.
In which the Reborn is in his own personal Void and his eldest son refuses to stand for it.
In which the Reborn and his family begin their journey to the fortress of the Exiles.
In which the journey to Formenos ends, and unfortunate circumstances force the Reborn to confront the many demons that dwell in the city.
In which the Reborn is reacquainted with more of Formenos, including a long-lost member of his family, and continues to bridge the gap dividing him from his half-brothers.
In which the Reborn meets an old friend and makes an attempt to lay the ghost of the First Kinslaying.
In which a summer is passed at the hunting lodge and the Reborn finally (officially) takes his place as high prince of his people.
In which a memorial is held and Rhavloth Cullasseth tells her story.
In which the Reborn is summoned to the city of the Teleri and finds that his task there is going to be more difficult than even he had imagined.
In which peace conferences, public and private, are held.
In which loose ends are tied up in the city of the Teleri and peace is made on multiple fronts.
So, here we are: the last chapter of "Rebirth," and the end of the first book of the "One Star" trilogy! I feel I should say few words in honor of the first novel-length work I have ever finished, and one I am very proud of.
I started this story more than two years ago as an attempt to show the Silmarillion fandom a side of Curufinwë Fëanáro that is rarely seen. In fanfiction, the focus is often on the last few years of Fëanáro's life, when he made his worst decisions, and this has created a widespread negative view of his character. My intention with "Rebirth" was certainly not to justify Fëanáro's actions, but to show that there is more to him. Before he was an oath-maker and kinslayer, he was a brilliant, curious individual: a scholar, an artist, a husband and father. Most critically, he was a son who so loved his father that he was driven to madness at Finwë's death. This story was meant to explore these facets of his character and follow Fëanáro as he reclaims them out of the darkness of his past. I knew long before I started writing this that his road to redemption would be a long one, but never has he been irredeemable in my eyes, and certainly not evil. I hope that those of you who came into this story not liking Fëanáro have been shown a different view of his character, and that those of you who support him, as I do, now support him more fervently still.
Finally, be aware that this chapter is much more narration-based than previous chapters, more like the first arc where our protagonist is in Mandos.
This has been an amazing journey, on which I've grown up alongside Fëanáro, and I've loved every minute of it. I am very pleased to present to you the last chapter in "Rebirth," and I hope you enjoy! See you in the next book! :)