Aranwë was an Elf of Gondolin and the father of Voronwë.[1] His son stated that he was from the House of Fingolfin, suggesting that Aranwë might have been a noble elf in Gondolin.[2]


The Quenyan name Aranwë means "Kingly" or "Noble" from ara ("noble") and aran ("king"). The suffix -wë occur in many names, though not exclusively masculine.[3]


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIII: "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin"
  2. Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part One, I: "Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"

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