Fëanor is one of the greatest characters of The Silmarillion; although Beren Erchamion, Lúthien Tinúviel and Túrin Turambar are more traditional heroes, it’s Fëanor’s choices for both good and evil that create the conflicts that drive the bulk of the story.
The story of Fëanor (told here as briefly as possible) begins as the story of the earliest Elves…
In order to give meaningful background information for characters like Gandalf, Sauron, Galadriel and Elrond, I will have to refer to cosmological and cosmogenic ideas laid out in The Silmarillion, which tells the early history of Tolkien’s world.
Although Tolkien’s fantasy novels are tales told by Hobbits, and tell the adventures of Hobbits, a case can be made that the real protagonist of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is the wizard Gandalf. Except for Elrond Half-elven, Gandalf is the only character who plays a key part in the events of both those novels and The Silmarillion.