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The main part of this article relates to the last versions of Middle-earth's history, and as such may controvert parts of The Silmarillion. See Middle-earth canon for a discussion. This subject's portrayal in earlier or alternative versions is discussed in the other versions of the legendarium section.

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Eol

Eöl

Biographical information

Other names
Titles
Lord of Nan Elmoth
Date of birth
YT ?
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Spouse
Weapon
Anguirel, Poisoned Javelins, Elven Magic

Physical description

Race
Culture
Avari (Moriquendi), Úmanyar (Sindar), Elves of Nan Elmoth
Gender
Male
Height
Tall
Hair color
Dark
Eye color
Actor
Voice
Character

Eöl, always called the Dark Elf was an elf of Beleriand and a metallurgist of high skill. He was a Sinda who lived in Nan Elmoth, nominally part of Doriath. A great smith and friend of the dwarves of Nogrod and Belegost, Eöl devised Galvorn, a black metal of great strength and malleability, which he fashioned into armour that he wore when he went abroad. He forged two great black swords from a meteorite's metal, but had to give the sword Anglachel to Thingol as tribute for living in Nan Elmoth. The other sword, Anguirel, he kept for himself.

BiographyEdit

BirthEdit

During the Years of the Trees, Eöl was born to a lineage of Avari and Sindar Elves. He became an Elf of amazing skills in blacksmith and forged a black, shining metal called Galvorn. Out of the many swords he had forged, Anguirel was one of the black swords he kept for himself, while the other great sword, Anglachel, was given to Thingol, the High King of the Sindar during the First Age.

Eöl forged a suit of armor out of Galvorn to which he wore and kept. He lived in Nan Elmoth, a forest in Beleriand to which he appointed himself Lord and built a home there. He forged poisoned javelins and stayed isolated in his land for many years until the arrival of Aredhel.

Aredhel and MarriageEdit

TN-Eol Welcomes Aredhel

Eöl welcomes Aredhel, by Ted Nasmith

Prior to Eöl's birth, Aredhel Ar-Feiniel, the Elven sister of Turgon had left Gondolin to unwillingly wander through Beleriand, and in the woods of Nan Elmoth, she met Eöl, who noticed her beauty. He then set enchantments with his Elven magic about her so that she could not escape the forest. After marrying him, she stayed with him many years. and wed her before giving birth to their only son and child; Maeglin.

Later Life and DeathEdit

As the First Age progressed, Eöl developed a great hatred for the Ñoldor and therefore refused Aredhel and Maeglin permission to seek out their kin. While Eöl was away at a feast in Nogrod, Aredhel and Maeglin left for Gondolin, stealing Anguirel from him, and Eöl followed them. When denied permission to leave with Maeglin, he grew furious and tried to kill his son with one of his javelins. Aredhel got in the way and it instead hit her; she died from poisoning.

The King and his people were unwilling to forgive this deed and Eöl was sentenced to death and cast over the Caragdûr, cursing Maeglin on his way down the cliff to his doom.

Other versions of the legendariumEdit

In the essay "Quendi and Eldar", published in The War of the Jewels, Eöl was an Avar who descended from the same clan of the elves the Ñoldor had come from (the Tatyar), although Eöl hated his Valinorean cousins. Eöl's love for smithying and friendliness to the dwarves is consistent with Tolkien's view of the Ñoldor, which are described as Dwarf-friends in the First and Second Ages. However, in a later writing, entitled Maeglin and published in the same volume, Tolkien said he was of the kin of Thingol. This story was inserted in the published Silmarillion as a separate chapter.[1]

Eöl's Family TreeEdit

Fingolfin
   
   
Anairë
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Teleri
lineage
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Fingon
   
   
Turgon
   
   
Aredhel
   
   
Eöl
   
   
Argon
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Idril
   
   
   
   
   
   
Maeglin


ReferencesEdit

  1. The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Maeglin".

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