Gimli was a very old and blind Ñoldor Elf of the First Age.


Long a captive slave in the stronghold of Tevildo, Gimli possessed of an extraordinary power of hearing which he became famous for to the elves of Tol Eressëa in later times.[1]

After Luthien captures the golden collar of Tevildo, she orders that all the slaves of Elves and Men that are bound in the tower be released, and brought before her. But only Beren and Gimli still lived. He was an aged Gnome bent in thralldom and had grown blind, but his hearing had grown keen over time. He walked with a stick, and Beren aided him. They escaped together.

It is said that he had the keenest hearing in all the world, and there are many songs sung about this ability[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

GL has gimli ‘(sense of) hearing’, with gim-‘hear’, gimriol ‘attentive’ (changed to ‘audible’), gimri ‘hearkening, attention’.

He plays no part in The Tale of Tinúviel or in any other tale, and never reappears. The Tale was originally part of the The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, but is the first part of the tale of Beren and Lúthien.

Gimli the Dwarf is also mentioned in the book as well, but with regards to a poem he speaks while in Moria, that relates to the tale of Beren and Lúthien.


  1. Tolkien, J.R.R.. Beren and Lúthien (Kindle Locations 3603-3604). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.
  2. Beren and Luthien, Loc 722-725

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