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Finwë

Biographical information

Other names
Ñoldóran
Date of birth
YT ?, and perhaps Firstborn
Year ascended to the throne
YT ?, during the Noontide of Valinor
Date of death
YT 1495
Realms ruled
Spouse
Weapon

Physical description

Race
Gender
Male
Height
Hair color
Black[1]
Eye color
Actor
Voice
Character

Finwë was the first High King of the Ñoldor (as such he is sometimes surnamed Ñoldóran) who led his elven people on the journey from Middle-earth to Valinor in the blessed realm of Aman. He was a great friend of Elu Thingol, the King of Doriath.

Finwë was perhaps one of the firstborn Elves (created solely from Eru Ilúvatar himself) who awoke in Cuiviénen.

BiographyEdit

Finwë was born or perhaps awoke in Middle-earth in the far eastern land of Cuiviénen during the Years of the Trees. When the Vala Oromë found the elves during his travels in Middle-earth, he loved them and urged them to travel with him to Valinor to see its wondrous beauty. The elves however, were suspicious of this call and were afraid so they chose ambassadors from the three kindreds to go in their place and to return and report what they had saw. One of them was Finwë who along with Ingwë and Elwë went to the Blessed Realm with Oromë. When they returned they were able to convince the elves to go on the Great Journey into the West. Finwë became leader of the Ñoldor and eventually arrived in Valinor directly behind the Vanyar. There he and his people settled and Finwë became king of his people.

Finwë started a family first marrying Míriel Serindë, a broideress who worked with Vairë. They had a son called Fëanor but her labors in giving birth to him drained her of most of her life, and she died shortly after bearing him. After a period of mourning he married again. His second wife was Indis of the Vanyar. Indis bore him four children: Fingolfin, Finarfin, Findis, and Irimë.

When Melkor, now free from the Halls of Mandos began spreading lies amongst the Ñoldor attempting to corrupt them, Finwë attempted to moderate his people and lead them back to the Valar. But it was too late, the Ñoldor had already begun to envision for themselves plans and new dominions they could have ruled back in Middle-earth and were proud. However, Fëanor mistrusted the Valar and believed the lies and began to horde his treasures and would only allow his beloved father or his sons to see the Silmarils. He also begun to suspect his half-brother was trying to usurp him as the favored son, and made trouble in Tirion drawing his sword on Fingolfin. For this he was banished from the city, but Finwë loved his elder son greatly and shared his exile and went with him northward and built the city/fortress of Formenos.

There Finwë lived with his son and his grandchildren and some of the rest of his house. Later, when Fëanor was summoned to Valmar to make peace with his brother, Finwë did not go out of bitterness over the exile of his son nor did he wish to meet the rest of his people because he no longer felt like their king. There he was the first to be killed in Valinor when Melkor slew him at the doors of Formenos seeking the Silmarils. This act was the catalyst that led to the Revolt of the Ñoldor.[2][3]

EtymologyEdit

Finwë's name is not fully translated. The glossary in the Silmarillion translates Fin as "hair"; other sources say it means "skill".[4]

Earlier versions of the legendariumEdit

In the first drafts of the genealogy, Finwë had four sons: the youngest was named Finrun, but he was dropped after that, thus Finrod (later Finarfin) was Finwë's youngest son from then on.

In a later version Finwë had three daughters added by Indis, Findis (as their first child) Faniel (as their third), and Finvain (as their youngest). In yet later versions, Faniel was apparently dropped, while Findis and Finvain were kept. Finvain (renamed Irimë) was moved to after Fingolfin, thus Finarfin was once again the youngest child of Finwë.

House of FinwëEdit

House of Finwe

Míriel
   
   
Finwë
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Indis
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fëanor
   
   
Nerdanel
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Findis
   
   
Fingolfin
   
   
Anairë
   
   
Irimë
   
   
Finarfin
   
   
Eärwen
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Maedhros
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Maglor
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fingon
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Finrod
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Celegorm
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Turgon
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Angrod**
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Caranthir
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Aredhel
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Aegnor
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Curufin*
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Argon
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Galadriel
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Amrod
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Amras

(*Father of Celebrimbor)
(**Father of Orodreth)


Preceded by:
None
High King of the Ñoldor
YT ? - YT ?
Followed by:
Fëanor (in Middle-earth)
Finarfin (in Valinor)

ReferencesEdit

  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII, The Peoples of Middle-earth, Chapter XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"
  2. The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I, The Book of Lost Tales 1, where he is sometimes given the name Golfinweg which is Gnomish (the equivalent later of Sindarin)
  4. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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