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Finduilas

Biographical information

Other names
Faelivrin
Titles
Princess of the Ñoldor, Princess of Nargothrond
Date of birth
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Spouse
None; betrothed to Gwindor but never married.
Weapon

Physical description

Race
Culture
Ñoldor (House of Finarfin), Northern Sindar, Falmari (House of Olwë)
Gender
Female
Height
Hair color
Golden
Eye color
Actor
Voice
Character

This article is about a the High Elf. For the lady of Dol Amroth, see Finduilas of Dol Amroth.

Finduilas was a Ñoldor elf princess of the First Age, the daughter of Orodreth, ruler of the hidden realm of Nargothrond, and sister of Gil-galad.

BiographyEdit

Finduilas was the daughter of Orodreth and his unnamed wife, a lady of the Northern Sindar.[2] Her date of birth and birthplace are unknown.[note 1] She was betrothed to Gwindor, who named her Faelivrin.[3][4]

In 472 of the First Age,[1] Gwindor was captured during the Nírnaeth Arnoediad (Battle of Unnumbered Tears) by Morgoth, and when he returned in FA 490 he came with a companion who called himself Agarwaen son of Umarth (the Bloodstained, son of Ill-Fate). Unbeknownst to Finduilas, this was actually Túrin, son of Húrin. Despite her old feelings for Gwindor, Finduilas fell in love with Túrin, but Túrin refused her in respect for his friend. Gwindor realized this, and revealed Túrin's name to Finduilas and tried to let Túrin fall in love with Finduilas, since he realized Finduilas loved Túrin instead of him.[3][4]

After the failure of the Battle of Tumhalad, Glaurung and an army of orcs sacked Nargothrond. Gwindor was slain and when Túrin returned to Nargothrond he was caught in a trance by the dragon who spoke to him of his kin in Hithlum, rendering him deaf to the cries of Finduilas as a party of orcs dragged her past him as a captive intended for Angband.[5]

Glaurung's deceit caused Túrin to abandon Finduilas and instead go to Hithlum in search of his kin. By the time he finally went to search for Finduilas she was dead, for she had been killed when the orcs guarding her were waylaid by the Haladin of Brethil at the Crossings of Taeglin. Before their defeat the orcs had killed all their captives, nailing Finduilas to a tree with a spear. The people of Haladin buried her in a mound they called Haudh-en-Elleth, Mound of the Elf Maiden.[3][6][7]

EtymologyEdit

Finduilas may come from fin ("hair") a common prefix in the House of Finwë;[8]duil may have come from the Sindarin ethuil ("spring") and las ("leaf").

Her epessë Faelivrin means "Gleam of the Sun on the Pools of Ivrin" from the Sindarin fael ("gleam, brilliance").

House of FinarfinEdit

House of Finarfin

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

Being the child of Orodreth she had both the blood of the Ñoldor and the Falmari, the Teleri of Aman, and belonged to both the House of Finarfin and the House of Olwë.

Other versions of the legendariumEdit

In The Silmarillion, her father Orodreth was the son of Finarfin, thus making Finduilas Finarfin's granddaughter, instead of his great-granddaughter in later writings. In Tolkien's final decision for their family tree, Gil-galad was made Orodreth's son and Finduilas's brother.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels, Part One. The Grey Annals
  2. 2.0 2.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", Parentage of Gil-galad
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXI: "Of Túrin Turambar"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, X: "Túrin in Nargothrond"
  5. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, XI: "The Fall of Nargothrond"
  6. Unfinished Tales, Part One: The First Age, II: "Narn i Chîn Húrin" (The Tale of the Children of Húrin)
  7. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, XIII: "The Coming of Túrin into Brethil"
  8. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"

Notes

  1. It is possible that she lived with her father in Minas Tirith around FA 60 and later fled with him to Nargothrond.

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