although i can see curufin trying to smooze with thorin, going, ‘oh yes, we hate those sindar too. such an unattractive, backward people, always trying stealing our precious jewels. have you thought about killing them? just an idea.’
#’celebrimbor? heard of him? the doors of moria? he’s quite famous’#’he’s my son’#’we don’t talk much now but he did come out of my wang js’
I’m sorry. This is about to turn into a tearful partisan feels dump.
Curufin and Dwarves, though.
Curufin and Dwarves. I know we talk about Celebrimbor and Dwarves quite a lot, as we should, but I have very deep feelings about this and especially about their shared history with the Þindar. The smiths of the Noldor and those of the Broadbeams and Flamebeards had a longstanding artistic and technical collaboration in which each group learned from the other - and given how insular the Dwarves are, understandably so, that’s huge. It’s also probably the only instance I can think of where collaborations between Elves and Dwarves aren’t characterized in the text as the Dwarves learning from the Elves all about Valinor and their superior culture (even the building of Menegroth is presented this way) - except, of course, the Gwaith-i-Mirdain.
Curufin knew Khuzdul. Again, I cannot stress enough how incredible this is. Again, in every other interaction between the two species, Dwarves learn Þindarin or Quenya. Pengolodh actually tells us that the Dwarves aren’t skilled linguists the way the Elves are, because their language is ugly and unwieldy, but they’re the ones who end up becoming multilingual (another aside: fuck you, Pengolodh). They do not share their language, their sacred inheritance from Mahal, with strangers. And Curufin knows Khuzdul. This means that Dwarves trusted him enough to speak Khuzdul around him and let him take notes, unlike pretty much literally every other elf ever. And, yes, the knowledge is later lost - because he doesn’t disperse it, because he knows that it is not his.
Curufin carries a dagger made by the greatest smith among the Dwarves of Tumunzahar.
In the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the Dwarves fight on the side of the Sons of Fëanor. Not the High King of the Noldor. The Fëanorians specifically. And when they fall (the last of all the armies to hold out, by the way), they allow the remaining Fëanorian forces shelter in Mount Dolmed. They allow them into their home. I really can’t express how much I love everything about Dwarf/Fëanorian relationships in general. It’s all about sharing their knowledge and skill and trust and even military defenses, even generations later. We all know how reluctant Dwarves are to let other species into their cities, and it’s happening here.
And then the Battle of the Thousand Caves happens. I don’t want to get into the debate over who’s responsible, but I tend to see it from Curufin’s perspective. The silmaril, of course, is his, and I imagine he’d feel almost as strongly about the Nauglamir itself. Thingol has no right to any of it. His friends, who he has grown close to over centuries, who sheltered him and his family, most of whom were innocent, were murdered over the legacy of Beren and Luthien. They retaliated. And Beren (again, again) slaughters them. This is not an unbiased perspective, or even necessarily my perspective, but the whole situation could have been designed to break him. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that his son is famous for his friendship with the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm - the refugees of Gabilgathol and Tumunzahar among them.
I want to see Curufin speaking with Thorin. There is grief, there, deep and ancient. Durin’s Folk never heard the Þindarin side of the story. All they know is that their kin are dead, their homes destroyed by as collateral damage. It’s not fair. It’s impossible to expect them to be. The Þindarin word for Dwarves is Naugrim - the stunted people. A racial slur. Even without his admittedly skewed historical perspective, Thorin has no reason to like them. And Curufin knows this. He was there when this conflict happened the first time. And we know how he reacted, then. He wouldn’t condescend to Thorin. If he was around in the third age, though, I imagine he would have fought at his side.