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Celebrimbor by Filat


Biographical information

Other names
Prince of the Ñoldor, Lord of Eregion, Head of Gwaith-i-Mírdain
Date of birth
Year ascended to the throne
Realms ruled
Unknown, possibly none

Physical description

Hair color
Eye color
Alastair Duncan (Shadow of Mordor)

Celebrimbor was a Ñoldorin prince, last of the House of Fëanor, lived in Middle-earth, and ruler of the Second Age realm of Eregion, and the forger of the Rings of Power.


First AgeEdit

Family by Filat

Celebrimbor as a child with his parents in Valinor, by Filat

Celebrimbor was the son of Curufin, fifth son of Fëanor (son of Finwë and his first wife Miriel) and Nerdanel.[3] During the First Age, he lived with his father in Nargothrond, but he took no part in the deeds of Curufin and Celegorm regarding Lúthien, Beren, and Finrod. He repudiated his father Curufin's deeds and did not follow his father and uncle when they were expelled from Nargothrond.[4]

Second AgeEdit

Celebrimbor settled in Eregion in the Second Age and started dealing with the dwarves of the realm of Khazad-dûm. In SA 1500 Sauron, calling himself Annatar ("Lord of Gifts"), befriended the Ñoldor of Eregion. He claimed to be an emissary of the Valar, especially Aule, and instructed them in the art of ring-making.[5] Celebrimbor distrusted him, but the smiths of Eregion were deceived. Under the guidance and instruction of Sauron, the smiths openly made rings to learn the craft, but unknown to them the craft taught by Sauron incorporated a binding magic into the rings.

Shadow of Mordor - Celebrimbor profile

As seen in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

In secret, Sauron forged the One Ring, a master ring that would rule all the lesser rings, to enable him to rule Middle Earth via its influence over those who used those other rings. When Sauron placed the One Ring on his finger, claiming dominance over all the Rings of Power and their bearers, the Elves knew his true identity and intentions. Celebrimbor and the Elves of Eregion defied Sauron by withholding the other rings from him. The greatest of the rings (aside from the One Ring) were created by Celebrimbor himself, and these were never touched by Sauron and thus were uncorrupted by him, although they were still subject to the One Ring. These were the three Rings of the Elves, the fairest of the Rings of Power. Celebrimbor named them Vilya, Narya, and Nenya after the principal Middle-earth elements of air, fire and water, respectively. He sent the three rings away for safekeeping: Vilya and Narya to Gil-galad in Lindon; and Nenya to Galadriel in Lórien.

The death of celebrimbor by abepapakhian-d53u6xk

The death of Celebrimbor, by abepapakhian

Sauron retaliated by attacking Eregion, laying waste to the realm. Celebrimbor was captured in the sack and was forced under torture to disclose where the lesser rings were, but he would not reveal the whereabouts of the three greatest of them that he had sent away for safekeeping. Celebrimbor died from his torment; his body was shot with arrows and hung upon a pole, and was later paraded as a banner as Sauron attacked the Elves.[6] He was the last direct descendant of the line of Fëanor—save perhaps for his father's brother Maglor, whose fate is unknown and is said by some legends to still wander the shores of the Sea.


His father-name is Telperinquar, which means "Silver-fist" or "Hand of silver" in Quenya. It comes from the words telpë ("silver") and quár ("fist"). His mother-name remains unknown. The name Celebrimbor is the Sindarin translation of his father-name, which comes from celeb ("silver") and baur ("fist").[7][8]


Celebrimbor was described to have an "almost Dwarvish obsession with crafts",[6] that he became a famous artificer and smith in both Gondolin and Eregion. His love for crafts took him to Eregion, where he found a precious metal and called it Mithril. He developed friendship with the Dwarves of Moria, with whom he shared his skills and secrets. Upon realizing the trap which Sauron devised for him, Celebrimbor was filled with anxiety, and was later described as the heroic defender of Eregion.[9]

Important WorksEdit

The moria gate

The Doors of Durin, a renowned work of Celebrimbor

House of FëanorEdit

House of Feanor


Other versions of the legendariumEdit

In some accounts, Celebrimbor was a Sindarin elf, an ancestor of Daeron, who used Feanorian scripts.[9]

Later, Celebrimbor was changed and became of Ñoldorin origin, and a survivor of the Fall of Gondolin.[11] In the Unfinished Tales, a statement claims Celebrimbor to be one of the Teleri who accompanied Celeborn to exile.

Another version of the story has Celebrimbor revolt against Galadriel after Galadriel and Celeborn established Eregion [6]. Celebrimbor and Galadriel were later reconciled after Sauron's trickery was revealed.

Portrayal in adaptionsEdit

Video gamesEdit

Celebrimbor (1)

Celebrimbor, as seen in The Shadow of Mordor video game

Celebrimbor appears in the video game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, as the wraith assisting the Ranger Talion in destroying the forces of Sauron. Developers have revealed that he assists Talion due to the guilt he feels for creating the rings of power, and thus he feels ultimately responsible for the trouble Middle-earth is in. However, the Celebrimbor that appears in the game differs from the Tolkien Celebrimbor in that he not only makes the three elf rings, but he crafts all of the rings of power, and when captured helps Sauron reforge the one ring (via scribing the lettering of the ring upon it) he also gave the ring a will of its own. However, once Sauron's intentions were revealed to him he stole the one ring and used it to command an army of Orcs and Uruks to defeat Sauron and claim Mordor. Celebrimbor uses the ring's power of invisibility to defeat Sauron, however the ring wanted to return to the dark lord and so slipped off of Celebrimbor's finger and onto Sauron's, breaking Celebrimbor's control of the Orcs. He was then tortured as punishment, had his family tortured and killed in front of him before finally being beaten to death with his own Mithril hammer by Sauron.

Shadow of Mordor - Celebrimbor weapon

Celebrimbor's weapon in the game

When the game takes place and the protagonist, Talion, is slain in a blood-ritual, Celebrimbor is bound to the Ranger, which allows Talion to return from the dead (in addition to many other abilities). However, he deceives Talion by pretending that the Black Hand of Sauron placed a curse on them, binding them together, where in reality Cerebrimbor chose Talion as his "host" and could have released him at any time. However, they defeat the Black Hand and decide to stay bound together in order to take down the Dark Lord with Talion suggesting they forge a new Ring as his eyes glimmer with the Wraith's power.

Celebrimbor is voiced by Alastair Duncan.[12]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 凱勒布理鵬
Lord of Eregion
Preceded by
Celebrimbor Succeeded by
None, Eregion laid waste
SA 1350-SA 1697


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Second Age"
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VI: "The Tale of Years of the Second Age"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter V: "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIX: "Of Beren and Lúthien"
  5. The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, IV: "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn, and of Amroth King of Lórien"
  7. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  8. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. 9.0 9.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, X: "Of Dwarves and Men"
  10. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter IV: "A Journey in the Dark"
  11. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, X: "Of Dwarves and Men", The Atani and their Languages, Notes
  12. FORTÉ, M. (2014, August 7). TROY BAKER AND ALASTAIR DUNCAN TALK MIDDLE-EARTH- SHADOW OF MORDOR. Retrieved April 24, 2015, from

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