Celegorm was the third son of Fëanor and Nerdanel, most closely associated with another brother, Curufin. He is somewhat anomalously described as having golden blond hair, rather than the black or red hair of his parents and his six siblings.
Celegorm was a great huntsman, and a friend of the Vala Oromë. From Oromë he learned great skill of birds and beasts, and could understand a number of their languages. He had brought with him from Valinor the great hound Huan, a gift from Oromë.
After the thief of the Silmarils and the death of their grandfather, he and his father and his brothers took an oath to recover them at any cost. Celegorm, bound to his oath came to Middle-earth and established great realms in exile and joined with their relatives in the House of Fingolfin, and waged war against the armies of Morgoth. Celegorm and his brother were great lords in the land of Himlad and he and his brother were lords of Himlad. Celegorm and his brother were defeated and overwhelmed by the successful sudden assault of Morgoth during the Dagor Bragollach. Celegorm and his brother lost Himlad and fled south to the marches of Doriath. Not being welcome their due to the Kinslaying at Alqualondë, Celegorm his brother and there people settled in Nargothrond.
While he and his brother Curufin lived in Nargothrond they captured Lúthien Tinúviel, daughter of King Thingol of Doriath. Celegorm wished to marry her, thus forcing a bond of kinship with Thingol. Huan, however, broke with his master and helped Lúthien escape foiling his scheme. Afterwards, he and his brother were expelled from Nargothrond. Celegorm fell at Menegroth in the Second Kinslaying, when the Sons of Fëanor attacked Doriath to seize a Silmaril in the possession of King Dior of Doriath. Dior and Celegorm slew each other in the halls of Menegroth.
Celegorm was the Sindarin rendering of his Quenya mother name,Tyelcormo, or "Hasty-riser" to describe his quick temper. His father name in Quenya was Turcafinwë, or "Strong Finwë", meaning "strong, powerful in body". ("Finwë" was a common family name among his House, it being the name of his grandfather Finwë, patriarch of the House and the High King of the Ñoldor.)
The House of FëanorEdit
Finwë = Míriel Mahtan | | Fëanor = Nerdanel | ------------------------------------------------------ | | | | | | | Maedhros Maglor Celegorm Caranthir Curufin Amrod Amras | Celebrimbor
- ↑ The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
- ↑ The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Flight of the Noldor"
- ↑ The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Beleriand and its Realms"
- ↑ The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Maeglin"
- ↑ The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
- ↑ The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Beren and Lúthien"
- ↑ The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Ruin of Doriath"