Here is the written account of Tilwnion the Noldorin, for whom eyes laid upon the Kingslaying, of whom held the banners of Fingolfin and Fingon and whom was present at the fall of Gondolin and marched upon the fortress of Angband in the war of the wrath.
Tilwnion was born in the year of the Two Tress and lived in the grand city Tirion. He along with Elves of his Noldor kin learnt the craft of jewel cutting which was given to them by Aulë who beloved them, he became a master at the carving of jewels and was renown for his work. For many years Tilwinion crafted his jewels and stayed within the city, reading, writing and learning the arts, but when news reached him of the creation of the Silmarils he was in awe of their creation. He learned they were three jewels made from the Two Trees which within them a great light that reflected all light that came into contact with them, but times soon turned to darkness. Fëanor son of Finwë, High King of the Noldor was banished when he rebelled against his half brother Fingolfin, Tilwnion was much saddened by this but stayed loyal to the new king and friend Fingolfin, Tilwnion had grew through the years with Fingolfin before his crowning and made many fine jewels for his house which he bore on his armour and clothing.
Soon after Fingolfin was crowned king. Melkor wounded the Two Trees and with the aid Ungoliant she drained them off there sap and thus poisoned them and then drained the wells of Varda so no light remained before the sun and moon. The jewels of Fëanreor were the only essence that remained of the Two Tress but Melkor sought the jewels of Fëanor. Melkor was known to be greatly envious of the Noldor and most envious of the craft Fëanor, in the process of stealing them he slain Finwë. The news of this returned to Tirion where a great sadness was cast over the great city, Tilwnion knew in his mind that war was upon the Elves for Fëanor would want revenge on his fathers death and to capture back the Silmarils.
Days past and Fëanor rode back into the city and gave a great speech to the Noldor, Tilwnion was present and was not charmed by words Fëanor spoke unlike most of his kin. Fëanor asserted himself as the new High King of Noldor and left with his followers for the harbour to seek the fleet of the Teleri to take him and his followers to the land of Middle-Earth to smite Melkor and take back the Silmarils. Tilwnion greatly admired Fëanor but his loyalty lay with Fingolfin. Tilwnion was present at the council of Fingolfin where he discussed with his lords and captains his plan to leave and follow Fëanor.
I will go and with me a great host shall I take to follow my brother and see that the Noldor are not led to their doom. - Fingolfin
Tilwnion prepared his belongings and along with a great army left Aman under the banner of Fingolfin, he took with him his great jewels which for centuries he had been perfecting, jewels that reflected an endless light of beauty. The rode to the coast that lasted many days, many days that were filled with song and dance and poems of the Elves but when they arrived at the harbour to ask passage from the Teleri the song and dance that had guided them was soon replaced by the echoes of battle. Tilwnion who was at the front of the host of Noldor with many of lords and captains saw that the followers of Fëanor were at battle with the Teleri, unaware of Fëanor as the aggressor towards the Teleri, Fingolfin with a part of his force rode into battle and joined Fëanor. Tilwnion rode into battle with his king and there among the great Elf harbour a massive battle was fought, a Kinslaying among Elves. The Teleri elves were defeated and Fëanor claimed the ships. On the night that the battle took place Fëanor and Fingolfin held a meeting which Tilwnion was invited to attend holding the banner of the house of Fingolfin. The brothers agreed that Fëanor would first sail into Middle Earth with the great fleet of ships then send them to bring Fingolfins followers.
Over the next coming days the followers Fëanor boarded the great fleet and set sail for the land of Middle Earth, days became weeks, weeks became months an then messenger returned to Fingolfin with grave news. The ships that had taken by Fëanor to the shores of Middle Earth had been burned upon arrival by his orders, leaving Fingolfin stranded. Fingolfin and his followers had been betrayed.
Fingolfin rounded up his followers and lead them north, here he would cross the ice of the Helcaraxë, a massive ice plain that connected the two continents together. The ride to the north was full of peril. Fingolfin and his followers reached the icy planes of Helcaraxë , here they faced the greatest journey of all. This was a cold and barren place that held no beauty, just the chilling winds of a slow death. The journey was long and claimed many lives which many of the Elves who followed Fingolfin blamed Fëanor for his betrayal, Tilwnion was was lucky to survive the great journey across the ice planes, he had taken with him the his most valued jewels but as the days got harder many of these priceless pieces of art were lost to whiteness that engulfed them, this loss was heavy on Tilwnion due to he had no family and all that was precious to him was lost.
The Noldor leaving the plains of Undying Lands marked the end of the years of the Two Trees and thus beginning the First age in Middle-Earth.
The followers of Fëanor once arriving within Middle-Earth were quickly set upon by the forces of Melkor who was renamed Morgoth by the Elves. He sent a great host of orcs to slay the army of Fëanor but the dark host was beaten by the forces of the Elves who slew them down and annihilated the armies of Morgoth. Fëanor in his rage to see the downfall of Morgoth rode ahead of this Elven body guard where he was ambushed by a force of Balrogs who were lead by Gothmog. Fëanor fought brave and long wounding Gothmog several times but in the mist of battle he received fatal wombs, his sons rescued the body of their dying father and upon his lasts breathe he ordered them to keep there oath and recover the Silmarils. Morgoth and his army were utterly defeated and sent a embassy of peace to the new Maedhros, son of Fëanor. Maedhros agreed to meet Morgoth and agree terms of surrender but when they met Morgoth had brought with him a great host and captured Maedhros and took him to Thangorodrim where he hung him by his wrist. He was held there for many years until Fingolfin arrived with his mighty host. Here he was rescued by Turgon who cut off his hand in a daring escape. Maedhros gave his crown to Fingolfin who became the true High King of Noldor. Tilwinion was joyed when he heard that Fingolfin has again become the High King of the Noldor, he was a true warrior who understood how lead his people.
The followers of Fingolfin arrived in Middle-Earth and settled in the lands of Mithrim, his reign as King was met by war with Morgoth who sent forth a great army to test the Noldor strength, the armies of Noldor from both houses rode out and met this great evil whom they conquered in a massive battle. Tilwnion was present at the battle against Morgoth armies and slew many enemies with his swords, he rode in the royal guard of Fingolfin. The retreating armies of Morgoth were slain and so Fingolfin lay siege to his fortress of Angband, many years past and Fingon son of Fingolfin was given a region to command as his own, here he built the great city that of Gondolin, the city that remained hidden even from Elf kind. Tilwnion helped build the city and marked it walls and halls with his great crafting of jewels from the region but in his mind nothing compared to the jewels that were found in the Tirion.
After the hundreds of years besieged in his own fortress Morgoth sent forth a massive army that broke the forces around him. Tilwnion was filled with anger and despair of the news of Morgoths assault and went to find his old friend Fingolfin, he learned that he had already left alone to face Morgoth in single combat. News returned that Fingolfin had fallen at the hands of Morgoth but had impacted a womb on his foot why he lay on the ground, his body was laid to rest by his son Turgon over looking the city of Gondolin. Hearing of Fingolfins death, Tilwnion was greatly angered and swore and oath to see Morgoth and those of his allies defeated and driven from Middle-Earth.
Many years passed and Tilwnion was marching to war once more against the forces of Morgoth, this time he rode with the son of Fingolfin, Fingon who he held his banner high for all to see. They marched and met the armies of Morgoth in the battle of Nírnaeth Arnoediad. Here a great host of Elves, Men & Dwarves stood for the first time against the forces of Morgoth. The battle was long and hard, many lives were taken and many friends were lost. Tilwnion suffered a great womb to his shoulder when it was struck by a poisonous arrow on the 2nd day of battle, he was dragged from Fingons guard and taken back from the lines to receive healing. The battle against the forces Morgoth was a loss as the armies that stood against him were slain, Fingon son of Fingolfin met his end by the Balrog Gothmog. Thus passed the crown of High King of Noldor to Turgon who retreated back to his secret haven of Gondolin.
After being injured in the battle that saw Turgons demise, Tilwnion was brought back the great city of Gondolin in a coach of sick and injured Elves from the battle. Here for many years he recovered his strength and waited for the orders to march out and meet Morgoths armies once more upon the battlefield, but it was not the armies of Elves that marched to war but the armies on Morgoth who had learnt the location of Gondolin after the cousin of Turgon had given into Morgoths will. Upon a bright warm morning the dark host of Morgoths army was released upon the unexpected city. Tilwnion hearing the calls of the guard quickly made his way from his work station and looked upon the mountains that were infested by Orcs, Balrogs and Dragons. He ran back into his shop and quickly armed himself with his prized Elven armour and swords.
The city fought long and hard but the forces of Morgoth were too strong for them to resist. A call of retreat was made and the city emptied, Tilwnion retreated with the rear guard of city protecting many of the citizens who fled. Gondolin was lost. Tilwnion along with the few of the Noldor who survived the fall of Gondolin headed and settled with a descendent of Fingolfin, Gil-Galad. Tilwnion remained here until the Valar came and battled Morgoth in the War of Wrath. Here lay the biggest battle that he known, he marched towards the great host of that Morgoths summoned and with the Valar completely defeated his army. Morgoth was taken back in chains and cast into the void, victory had at last come.
So passed the First Age, thus bringing into the world a Second Age.
Tilwnion held his oath fulfilled and settled in the new kingdom of Lindon which was founded now by Gil-galad the new High King of the Noldor. He dwelt there for many years until he heard news of a powerful lieutenant of Morgoths have survived by the name of Sauron. Anger took Tilwnion when he heard this news, his oath was not yet complete and until he could see the end off Sauron he could no longer rest.
Sauron tricked the Noldor into teaching him how to craft rings of power and with his hatred he created the One Ring. War again ravage the lands of Middle-Earth between the Elves and Sauron. Tilwnion rode again into battle with Gil-Galad and there new allies of Men. Many years went on and a Last Alliance of Men & Elves drove the forces of Sauron back towards his borders of Mordor where the final battle took place. On the darkened plains of Mordor Sauron sent out his forces to crush the Last Alliance who were now besieging him. The Last Alliance fought with great courage and it looked as the battle would end in there favour until Sauron marched upon the battlefield with his mighty presence. The King of Men Elendil and the High King of Noldor Gil-Galad were slain by the dark lord upon the plains of Mordor, all seemed lost until Isildur, son of Elendil took up his fathers sword and cut the finger that bore the One Ring from Saurons hand. The dark lord without his ring exploded in a mass of energy. The battle had been won and the the One Ring passed to Isildur who had this once chance to destroy evil for all ages, but the ring kept a hold of Isildurs heart and he took it for his own. He took the ring back to the newly founded realm of Gondor but the ring was lost when Isildur was ambushed by a horde of Orcs.
Tilwnion was greatly saddened by the death of Gil-Galad, he was the last High King of the Noldor. He returned from Morder with great distrust in the race of Men seeing them as weak beings, he rode with Elrond back to his realm and there he has remained until now, the One Ring has awoken and so with it war again threatens to engulf Middle-Earth. The forces of Sauron have grown back to full strength and march again yet upon the free people of Middle-Earth.
Tilwnion will carry out his oath until fulfilled, or death takes him.
Sauron and his forces
to craft jewels
Morgoth and all those who followed him under his banner of war.
His must up hold his Oath to rid Middle Earth of Sauron and his forces.
I have walked through all the ages of this world, only battle and death have I come across. A great loss of my kin I have suffered and the downfall of the Kings of Noldor watched before my eyes.
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