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August 24, 2000
Fingolfin the Greatest?
In response to Matthew M., an argument certainly can be made
that Fingolfin was noble, valiant and inspirational to the defense against both Morgoth
and the sons of Feanor. Certainly the imagery of Fingolfin in blue and silver challenging
Morgoth to single combat, and inflicting serious wounds, is quite vivid and dramatic.
But, the reason Fingolfin fought Morgoth is that Fingolfin ultimately dispaired. He went
on a suicide mission which had no hope of succeeding.
Finrod might get my vote. By human standards, he was the most noble. (Elvish standard of
nobility seems to be confined to whether the elf in question was tall and good-looking.)
Galadriel would be my other choice, but, as C.Tolkien discussed in Unfinished Tales, his
dad never quite settled on her history and deeds.