For anyone who doubts my previous statements that Fëanor, linguist, perfectionist, is one of Tolkien’s many partial self-insert characters, consider this anecdote from Simon Tolkien, one of JRRT’s grandsons:
“I vividly remember going to church with him in Bournemouth. He was a devout Roman Catholic and it was soon after the Church had changed the liturgy from Latin to English. My Grandfather obviously didn’t agree with this and made all the responses very loudly in Latin while the rest of the congregation answered in English. I found the whole experience quite excruciating, but my Grandfather was oblivious. He simply had to do what he believed to be right.”
Article in the Mail on Sunday (2003), by Simon Tolkien
Who in Middle-earth would do this, I ask you?
Honestly I could also see Bilbo doing this, not as any kind of righteous crusade but because he was just too OldTM to bother changing or care what anyone thought 🤣
But I love the idea of JRRT as Feanor the master artist/craftsman and Middle Earth as his Silmarils, and the possibility that through this character Tolkien explored a fierce, rebellious, and even destructive side of his nature that couldn’t be directly expressed in the life of a midcentury academic and family man
Now I’m remembering that quote where Tolkien was like “yeah some people don’t like my work, and that’s fine, because theirs sucks too and so does all the stuff they prefer to read”
Who in Middle Earth would have THAT amount of shade?