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.
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.
He ensnared Aredhel Ar-Feiniel, the sister of Turgon when she strolled in his forest, and wed her. Their son was Maeglin. Eöl hated the Ñoldor, and therefore refused Aredhel and Maeglin 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 tried to kill his son with a poisoned javelin. Aredhel got in the way and it actually hit her and soon she died. 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.
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.
Maeglin's Family treeEdit
Fingolfin = Anairë |-----------(Unknown Teleri lineage) | | ---------------------------|------- | | | | | Fingon Turgon Aredhel = Eöl Argon | Maeglin