Finarfin is a Ñoldorin elf of Valinor. He is the third and youngest son (and also the youngest child) of Finwë, Finarfin's mother was Indis. His half brother was Fëanor and his full brother Fingolfin. His sisters were Findis and Irimë. He married Eärwen, a princess of the Teleri an act that related him to the kin of Thingol, King of Doriath. He had four children: Finrod Felagund, Angrod, Aegnor and Galadriel. 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 the famous Arwen Undómiel, future Queen of Gondor. 
Finarfin was said to be the fairest and wisest of Finwë's sons. 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, so his house was sometimes called "The Golden House of Finarfin".
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 pursade 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 then became King of the residual Ñoldor in Aman and presumably still rules from Tirion on Túna.
Earlier versions of the legendarium Edit
Finarfin was called Finrod in earlier versions of the Middle-earth mythology, and his son Finrod Felagund Inglor Felagund. As such he appears in the 1st 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.
See also Edit
The House of FingolfinEdit
Finwë = Indis | ----------------------- | | Finarfin Fingolfin = Anairë | --------------------------------------------------------------- | | | | Fingon Turgon Aredhel Argon
|High King of the Ñoldor (in Valinor)|
YT ? - ?
None, presumably still rules
|Elves of Arda|
Aegnor | Amarië | Angrod | Aredhel | Arminas | Beleg Cúthalion | Caranthir | Celeborn | Celebrimbor | Celebrían | Celegorm | Círdan | Curufin | Daeron | Denethor | Eärwen | Ecthelion | Elemmakil | Elemmírë | Elenwë | Elmo | Elwë (Thingol) | Elwing | Enel | Enerdhil | Eöl | Erestor | Fëanor | Finarfin | Findis | Finduilas | Fingolfin | Fingon | Finrod Felagund | Finwë | Galadriel | Galion | Galdor of the Havens | Gelmir | Gildor Inglorion | Gil-galad | Glorfindel | Gwindor | Idril | Imin | Indis | Ingwë | Ingwion | Irimë | Legolas | Lúthien | Mablung | Maedhros | Maeglin | Maglor | Mahtan | Míriel Serindë | Nerdanel | Nimloth | Olwë | Orodreth | Oropher | Rúmil | Tata | Thranduil | Turgon | Voronwë
- ↑ 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.