"...and the Valar
will fence Valinor
against you, and shut you out, so that not even the echo of your lamentation shall pass over the mountains
From the Doom of MandosQuenta Silmarillion
9Of the Flight of the Noldor
Those of the Noldor who chose to follow Fëanor in his pursuit of Melkor into Middle-earth. Against the will of the Valar, and doing terrible deeds of desperation along the way, Fëanor led his people out of Valinor and into the far north, seeking the narrow ways into the Great Lands.
Those that reached the far north were given a last warning in the Doom of Mandos. The Valar foretold the misery and suffering they would find in Middle-earth, and declared Fëanor and his followers exiled from Aman.
Not all of the Noldor became exiles. Some had rejected Fëanor's call to leave Valinor, and remained there when the main host set out. After the dreadful foretellings of Mandos, others also abandoned the pursuit, and followed Fëanor's half-brother Finarfin back to Valinor, where they were pardoned by the Valar.
For those that did pass across the Sea, the exile lasted for millennia, but was not permanent. For example, Galadriel was among the Noldor who followed Fëanor, and so fell under the ban, but she was ultimately forgiven by the Valar and allowed to return into the West.
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