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 siblings.
Celegorm was a great huntsman, and was 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.
As with the other Sons of Fëanor, Celegorm was bound by an oath to recover his father's Silmarils, which had been stolen by the Dark Lord Morgoth. His oath took him and his brothers to Middle-earth during the First Age where they established realms in exile, waged war against the armies of Morgoth, fought their own Elvish kind, and eventually brought ruin upon themselves.
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.
Celegorm fell at Menegroth in the Second Kinslaying, when the Sons of Fëanor attacked Doriath to seize a Silmaril in the possession of the Elvish King Dior, the Beautiful 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
|Elves of Arda|
Aegnor | Amarië | Angrod | Aredhel | Arminas | Beleg Cúthalion | Caranthir | Celeborn | Celebrimbor | Celebrían | Celegorm | Círdan | Curufin | Daeron | Denethor | Eärwen | Ecthelion | Elemmakil | Elemmírë | Elenwë | Elmo | Elwë (Thingol) | Elwing | Enel | Enerdhil | Eöl | Erestor | Fëanor | Finarfin | Findis | Finduilas | Fingolfin | Fingon | Finrod Felagund | Finwë | Galadriel | Galion | Galdor of the Havens | Gelmir | Gildor Inglorion | Gil-galad | Glorfindel | Gwindor | Idril | Imin | Indis | Ingwë | Ingwion | Irimë | Legolas | Lúthien | Mablung | Maedhros | Maeglin | Maglor | Mahtan | Míriel Serindë | Nerdanel | Nimloth | Olwë | Orodreth | Oropher | Rúmil | Tata | Thranduil | Turgon | Voronwë
- The Silmarillion: Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië pg. 60
- The Silmarillion: Of the Flight of the Noldor pg. 84
- The Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms pg. 124
- The Silmarillion: Of Maeglin pg. 135-36
- The Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin pg. 152
- The Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien pgs. 169-70, 172-73, 176-78, 183-84
- The Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad pgs. 188-89
- The Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Doriath pg. 236