I'm sorry i got away from the topic on this but it's not all Feanor's fault. Melkor decieved everybody, not just Feanor. First he tricked the other Valar into believing that he had repented then he tricked them in thinking that the dissension amongst the Noldor was cause solely by Feanor, when in truth he was only partly responisble. The Sil says that Feanor "first spoke openly against them (the Valar), being emminent in self-will and arrogance, though all the Noldor had become proud" Feanor was just the only one that let what he thought be known. So we was falsely accused and humiliated by the Valar for no reason. He did pull a sword on Fingolfin his brother but the Sil also says concerning the two elder sons of Finwe, "but now THEY grew proud and jealous each of his rights and his possesions," so again, as before, Feanor got in trouble for simply making known his thoughts. When you think about it Fingolfin would have been more to blame on this because what would Feanor have had to be jealous of Fingolfin? Finwe loved Feanor more, Feanor was better looking, more skillfull, was the elder child, and pretty much had everthing on Fingolfin, so it is likely that Fingolfin was the one putting the pressure of the bit about the rights and possesions and the like. All of this came down on Feanor's shoulder's and the blame was laid solely on him, when it wasn't all his fault. I agree that the Valar should have helped Feanor instead of cursing him. What was Feanor supposed to do? think about it, first you are accused falsely and put into exile. Then you are summoned by these false accusers, made to apologize to your jealous brother and during the summons, your father,whom you love about anything, is slain, and your most prized possesions are taken. It's in this state, "distraught with grief for the slaying of his father, and with anguish from the rape of the Silmarils" that Feanor compelety turns on the Valar. What did they expect him to do? This is when the Valar should have stepped in directly and helped Feanor. But the didn't and things turned out the way the did..<BR><BR>Also, everybody is always saying that when Feanor burned the ships of the Teleri he was leaving the rest of the Noldor to die. He just left them to go back to Valinor in humiliation, they are the ones that chose to follow him, none of the had to. It's not like if they didn't allow him to be humiliated when we was exiled even though it was partly their fault as well.