SilmFilm 2-14: Episode 10: The Kinstrife

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SilmFilm 2-14: Episode 10: The Kinstrife

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Today – Episode 10

We need to bring Fingolfin and Fëanor into conflict

  • We’ve been resisting making Fëanor a jerk (if he’s a jerk from day 1, people won’t like him) but now It’s time for him to be a jerk
    • But want his descent into jerkdom to make sense and to be sympathetic
  • What needs to happen – in order to get him to draw his sword on Fingolfin
    • We need to increase the tension to the point where drawing the sword makes sense
      • Where does the paranoia come from? He has nothing to envy of any other person except his brothers who have both parents
      • He may be insecure that Fingolfin is trying to usurp his place in his father’s heart
        • Fëanor’s greatest “sin” is pride – he thinks he’s equal to a Valar
        • The idea of him looking at the Silmarils as the apex of his craft shouldn’t happen till after he loses them
      • How do we establish this insecurity about not being daddy’s favorite when HE ALREADY IS?
        • What if Fingolfin is actually an irritant and is disrespectful to Fëanor?
          • This gives both characters arcs
            • Fëanor is sympathetic in the beginning, but is driven to terrible decisions
              • Bc Fingolfin is with his mom all the time, Fëanor would see him and basically transfer his resentment towards Indis to him
              • “I’m threatening to slay you” is a direction of thinking that Fëanor should have never gone.
              • We don’t want to lose the enormity of this step, as it’s never been done before
              • Rather like Cain and Abel
            • Fingolfin is a typical middle child causing trouble, but then grows up into his heroic role
              • Fingolfin resents Fëanor being his father’s favorite and likely resentful of always being in Fëanor’s shadow (who would want to be Fëanor’ brother??)
                • Melkor can constantly “twist the knife” – he can praise Fëanor repeatedly in front of Fingolfin or towards him (“You are so fortunate to have Fëanor for your older brother”)
              • He would likely be close to his mom b/c he can’t get close to his dad
              • At this point, he’s more of an irritated and disgruntled and immature kinda juvenile trying to come into his own
                • As he matures, he starts demonstrating his wisdom and emerges into a heroic leader
                • He can develop into the proud father of Fingon
              • We need to get him a sword
                • The making of heraldic stuff (armor and weapons) we already talked about last time (for traveling to Middle-earth with Orome to hunt)
                  • To cleanse Middle-earth of monsters
                  • To make a realm of one’s own
                • Now they start stockpiling them (change in attitude)
                  • The difference is noted when they start wearing it in Valmar
                  • Not rebelling yet, but they’re already thinking about going back to Middle-earth, but not in defiance of the Valar
                  • Now they are on guard against one another
                • Fëanor begins to withhold sight of the Silmarils
                  • More militant in preparation and in action
                • Who is it that makes Fëanor more paranoid? Cross the line?
                  • Maedhros and Fingon would watch their fathers become estranged and be horrified by it
                  • “Did you hear what Uncle Fingolfin did?!?!” would be typical of Caranthir
                    • Elves: Men :: Fëanor: Fingolfin
                  • Melkor might seek out Caranthir, as he’s a loner (and a bad egg)
                    • One dimensional jerks-from-the-beginning don’t need a character arc
                  • Fëanor won’t be resentful until he hears from Caranthir
                    • Caranthir won’t reveal his source
                  • What causes him to cross the line?
                    • He has the mommy issue
                    • He’s responding to Fingolfin usurping his place as if he were breaking in and stealing the Silmarils
                    • Fëanor’ reaction is inexplicable to the Valar
                      • It is so weird that they want to launch an investigation into the external force that is Melkor
                    • And then we need to get him banished by the Valar
                      • Is this a dictatorial overreaction?
                    • Melkor should never tell a lie
                      • He would talk about the good work they could do in Middle-earth
                      • The coming of Men – “I guess it’ll be nice that Men will be in Middle-earth…oh, the Valar didn’t mention that?”
                      • He’s literally just pointing out what’s happening and they draw the wrong conclusions
                      • “The Valar make a mistake and reap what they sow”
                    • When Fëanor walks in to confront Fingolfin, he sees Fingolfin talking badly about him to their dad
                      • It would be a crowded room, and Fingolfin is just whispering…so that when the sword is drawn, it’ll look worse b/c no one would see the provocation
                        • Huge gasp when the sword is drawn
                          • The one most surprised is Finwë
                        • Nerdanel hears about it after the fact and is like “you idiot”
                      • What would cause Fingolfin to have the “Fëanor is a bad egg” conversation?
                        • His motives aren’t pure – there is peevishness/ill will
                      • Wait on Fëanor speaking against the Valar till he actually has a reason to do so
                      • If Fingolfin is complaining to Dad about hoarding the Silmarils, Fingolfin could be speaking the truth (and we wouldn’t have to invent anything hokey/comical)
                        • This would make Fëanor even more volatile – every one of his buttons is pushed
                        • What will this lead to? Will they fight next time? Will Fingolfin have a sword?
                        • Fingolfin turns away from the sword, rather than backing away from it in fear, such as the tip of the sword scratches him and draws blood
                          • He can look weak now. It’ll make him look even more inspiring
                        • Third gen:
                          • Caranthir
                          • Galadriel (refusing to give Fëanor her hair)
                            • She is the most important 3rd gen elf as far as viewership/recognition
                            • She is Anti-Fëanor, so does that mean she’s pro-Melkor?
                              • Galadriel is wise, but how did she become that way?
                                • She is probably taken with Melkor and wants to rule a realm of her own.
                                • This is why she smells a rat when Annatar shows up to be helpful
                                • “But wasn’t Melkor right when he said…”
                                • She leaves Valinor as a rebel
                                  • She is still banished (or believes she is) in the 3rd Age and is still tempted by the One Ring
                                    • She may have pulled a Saruman and was seeking it herself
                                  • Connection with Teleri
                                    • She may go to them to ask for a ship to go to Middle-earth
                                    • They may ask her why she wants to leave
                                  • Aredhel
                                  • Turgon – to do or not to do
                                    • Should have been cut from the published Silmarillion
                                    • The line about the chill of dread that Morgoth has at seeing Turgon isn’t explained/doesn’t make sense
                                    • Is a relic from an older draft
                                    • Maybe we could have Melkor unnerved by Fingolfin?
                                      • Melkor might be “fortune telling” as a way of befriending the Noldor
                                      • “I remember from the Music…Fingolfin becomes the High King of the Noldor…” and he goes around the group of young elves, and gets to Turgon and gets all serious

Episodes 12 and 13 actions are clear:

  • Reconciliation between Fingolfin and Fëanor
  • Darkening of Valinor

Episode 11 not so much

  • How do we handle Finwë? He considers himself un-kinged as long as Fëanor is banished. What does Indis think of this?
  • What’s Formenos like?
  • Doesn’t Nerdanel go into exile with him? How do we handle that?
  • Melkor’s conversation with Fëanor? “jailcrow of Mandos”
  • The Valar – what are we going to show? Can we show this as Noldor only?
    • Do we have conversations among the Valar?