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Finarfin

Biographical information

Other names
Arafinwë, Ingoldo,[1] Finarphin[2]
Date of birth
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Still Alive
Realms ruled
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Race
Gender
Male
Height
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Golden[3]
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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 house. Uniquely among the Ñoldor, he and his descendants all had golden hair inherited from his mother, thus his house was sometimes called "The Golden House of Finarfin".[5]

BiographyEdit

Finarfin was the youngest child of Finwë with his second wife, Indis, and the younger brother of Fingolfin. In YT 1280,[2] Finarfin married Eärwen, a princess of the Teleri and an act that related him to the kin of Thingol, King of Doriath. Together, they had four children: Finrod Felagund, Angrod, Aegnor and Galadriel.[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]

EtymologyEdit

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]

House of FinarfinEdit

House of Finarfin

Finwë
   
   
Indis
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fingolfin
   
   
Finarfin
   
   
Eärwen
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Finrod
   
   
Angrod
   
   
Eldalótë
   
   
Aegnor
   
   
Galadriel
   
   
Celeborn
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Orodreth
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Celebrían
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Finduilas
   
   
   
   
   
   
Gil-galad

DescendantsEdit

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]

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]

NotesEdit

  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.
High King of the Ñoldor (in Valinor)
Preceded by
Finwë
Finarfin Succeeded by
None, presumably still rules
YT 1496 - ?

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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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