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Earwen, the Swan-maiden of Alqualondë, by Līga Kļaviņa

Eärwen

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Swan-Maiden of Alqualondë
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Princess of the Falmari
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Star-like Silver[1]
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Eärwen was the daughter of Olwë and had several unnamed brothers. She was the wife of Finarfin, and mother of Finrod, Angrod, Aegnor, and Galadriel.[2]

BiographyEdit

Eärwen was born during the Years of the Trees either in Middle-earth or in the Elven realms of the Far West, possibly Tol Eressëa or Alqualondë. In YT 1280, she wedded Finarfin the second son of Finwë.[3] Her children were Finrod, Angrod, Aegnor, and Galadriel. She was said to be a friend of Anairë, wife of Fingolfin.[4]

Like Anairë, Eärwen did not follow Finarfin into exile during the Revolt of the Ñoldor.[4] Later, Finarfin repented because of the Kinslaying at Alqualondë and returned to Aman.[5]

EtymologyEdit

The name Eärwen means "Sea-maiden" from the Quenyan ëar ("Sea") and the prefix -wen ("maiden").[6][7]

House of OlwëEdit

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Melian
   
   
Elwë
   
   
   
   
   
   
Olwë
   
   
   
   
   
   
Elmo
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Lúthien
   
   
   
   
Eärwen
   
   
Finarfin
   
   
   
   
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Finrod
   
   
Angrod
   
   
Aegnor
   
   
Galadriel
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Orodreth
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Celebrían
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Finduilas
   
   
   
   
   
   
Gil-galad


Other versions of the legendariumEdit

In The Silmarillion, Eärwen has another son called Orodreth.[2] This is later changed by Christopher Tolkien, making Orodreth a son of Angrod and Eärwen's grandson instead.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, IV: "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn, and of Amroth King of Lórien"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter V: "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Annals of Aman
  4. 4.0 4.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  6. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  7. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"

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