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Turukano and Elenwe by Filat
Elenwë with Turgon, by Filat

Elenwë

Biographical information

Other names
Titles
Date of birth
YT ? during the Noontide of Valinor
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
YT 1500
Realms ruled
Spouse
Weapon

Physical description

Race
Culture
Vanyar (Elves of Valinor)
Gender
Female
Height
Tall
Hair color
Golden
Eye color
Actor
Voice
Character

Elenwë was a Vanyarin elf, the wife of Turgon and the mother of Idril, to whom she passed on the golden hair of her kindred.

BiographyEdit

Elenwë was probably born in Valinor sometime during the Noontide of Valinor. Elenwë followed her husband to Middle-earth when his brethren resolved to join the House of Fëanor in pursuit of Melkor and regain the Silmarils. Unfortunately, she along with many others died during the crossing of Helcaraxë, while Turgon almost perished himself trying to save her.[1][2] It was said that her body was covered in ice and was therefore unable to be saved.[3]

She was the only known Vanyar elf to have ever left Valinor and after her death her bloodline survived through her grandson Eärendil, her great-grandsons Elrond and Elros, onward into the royal Númenor-line. Her other descendants included Arwen and her brothers Elladan and Elrohir.

EtymologyEdit

Elenwë means "Star person" in Quenya from elen ("star")[4] and the prefix -wë ("person").[5]

House of FingolfinEdit

House of Fingolfin

   
   
   
   
Finwë
   
   
Indis
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Findis
   
   
Fingolfin
   
   
Anairë
   
   
Irimë
   
   
Finarfin
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fingon
   
   
Turgon
   
   
Elenwë
   
   
Aredhel
   
   
Eöl
   
   
Argon
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Idril
   
   
Tuor
   
   
Maeglin
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Eärendil
   
   
Elwing
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Elrond
   
   
Elros


Other versions in the legendariumEdit

The earlier name for Elenwë was Alairë (later Anairë). However, Tolkien corrected this and made Anairë Fingolfin's spouse and Turgon's mother.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVI: "Of Maeglin"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"
  4. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  6. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels, Part Three: The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings..., III. Maeglin

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