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Finarfin - Last Child of King Finwe and Indis of the Vanyar
King Finarfin of the Ñoldor in Aman (Tirion)


Biographical information

Other names
Arafinwë, Ingoldo,[1] Finarphin[2]
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Still Alive
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Finarfin was a Ñoldorin Elf of Valinor.

He was said to be the fairest and wisest of Finwë's sons.[4] Like all of Finwë's sons, Finarfin founded his own royal house. Uniquely among the Ñoldor, he and his descendants all had golden hair inherited from his Vanyarin mother Indis, thus his house was sometimes called "The Golden House of Finarfin".[5]


Līga Kļaviņa - Royal Couple

Finarfin and Eärwen, by Līga Kļaviņa

Finarfin was the youngest child and third son of Finwë, High-King of the Noldor in Aman, with his second wife Indis of the Vanyar. His elder siblings were Findis, Fingolfin, and Írimë while his elder half-brother was the infamous Noldorin High-prince Fëanor who was the eldest son of Finarfin's father Finwë, In YT 1280,[2] Finarfin married Eärwen, a princess of the Teleri being the daughter of Olwë, King of the Teleri, which made him thus related to the kin of Thingol (Elwë), King of Doriath who was the brother of Olwë. Together, they had four (five) children: Finrod Felagund, Orodreth (according to the published Silmarillion) Angrod, Aegnor, and an only daughter Galadriel who was the youngest child.[4]

After the death of Finwë, when Fëanor gave his wrathful speech before the Ñoldor of Tirion, Finarfin was there, and listening to the hasty words, he tried in vain to persuade the Ñoldor to pause and not to be rash. Nevertheless he departed with his brothers Fëanor and Fingolfin for Middle-earth, but turned back when Mandos pronounced the Doom of the Ñoldor. Finarfin and his people were pardoned by the Valar,[6] and then he became King of the residual Ñoldor in Aman and presumably still rules from Tirion on Túna.[1][7]

During the War of Wrath, Finarfin led a large battalion of the Valar, comprised of Ñoldorin, Vanyarin, and Telerin Elves.[8]


His father-name is Arafinwë, the "Noble-Finwë", from the Quenya ara ("noble, high, royal").[9][10] His amilessë (mother-name) is Ingoldo ("the Ñoldo").[1]

Other namesEdit

An Old English translation for his name was Finred Felanop, in which "Felanop" means "very bold".[11]


Through Galadriel, he is the grandfather of Lady Celebrian of Rivendell (wife of Elrond), and consequently, the great-grandfather of her three children Elladan and Elrohir, and Arwen Undómiel, future Queen of Gondor. [1]

House of FinarfinEdit

House of Finarfin


Other versions of the legendariumEdit

In the early versions of the legendarium, Finarfin was referred as "Finrod" his son Finrod Felagund was "Inglor Felagund". As such, he appears in the first edition of The Lord of the Rings as Finrod. This was changed in later editions, but not all references to Inglor were removed. (See Gildor Inglorion)

There was an error to a character's name, wherein J.R.R. Tolkien changed Ingwiel son of Ingwe to Finarfin son of Finwe.[12]


  1.   Orodreth appears as one of Finarfin's sons in the published Silmarillion. In Tolkien's writings however he clearly is Angrod's son, but this was changed in the Silmarillion by Christopher Tolkien, which he later admitted was a mistake.

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Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ፊናርፊን
Arabic فينارفين ?
Armenian Ֆինարֆին
Belarusian Фінарфін
Bulgarian Финарфин
Chinese ? 費納芬
Dari فینارفین
Greek Φινάρφιν
Gujarati ફિનર્ફિન
Hebrew ףינארפין
Hindi फ़िनर्फ़िन
Japanese フィナルフィン
Kazakh Фінарфін
Kurdish فینارفین
Kyrgyz Финарфин
Macedonian Финарфин
Mongolian Финарфин
Nepali फ़िनर्फ़िन
Pashto فینارفین
Persian فینارفین
Russian Финарфин
Serbian Финарфин (Cyrillic) Finarfin (Latinised)
Siamese (Thai) ฟินาร์ฟิน
Sinhala ෆිනර්ෆින්
Tajik Финарфин
Tigrinya ፊናርፊን
Ukrainian Фінарфін
Urdu فینارفین
Uyghur فىنارفىن
Uzbek Финарфин (Cyrillic) Finarfin (Latinised)
Yiddish פֿינאַרפֿינ
High King of the Ñoldor (in Valinor)
Preceded by
Finarfin Succeeded by
None, presumably still rules
YT 1496 - ?


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Annals of Aman
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, I: "The Cottage of Lost Play"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter V: "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part One: "The Fall of Númenor and the Lost Road"
  6. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, VII: "The Flight of the Noldoli", Notes and Commentary
  7. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  8. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  9. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  10. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  11. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 4: The Shaping of Middle-earth, III: "The Quenta", Appendix 1: Translation of Quenta Noldorinwa into Old English
  12. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 4: The Shaping of Middle-earth, IV: "The First 'Silmarillion' Map"

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