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Angathas
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The Bible certainly had some influence on Professor Tolkien. We can see this in the creation of Feanor, the mighty warrior of the Noldor. He created the Silmarils. He is also somewhat like Jacob in the Bible in that his sons are able to take over the lands of Beleriand in the same way that Jacob's sons formed the nation of Israel in Canaan. Jacob had 12 sons and formed the 12 tribes or nations that occupied the land of Israel-Palestine today.

Feanor's sons were Maedhros and Maglor (who controlled Lothlann), Celegorm and Curufin (who took over Himlad), Caranthir (who had Thargelion or north Ered Luin), Amrod, and Amras (who ruled East Beleriand).

But unlike Jacob, Feanor doesn't get to live as long as he should have, being slain by Morgoth. However, being part of the Noldor, it is in keeping with another part of the Bible --- the sons of Noah -- three men who establish the genealogies of three races of humans --- this is just like the Eldar who are divided into the Noldor, Teleri, and Vanyar.

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