Gwindor was credited with beginning the Nirnaeth Arnoediad when, at the sight of his brother Gelmir's brutal murder at the hands of the orcs, he charged the hosts of Morgoth on the plains of Anfauglith without any command from any others. It is said that Morgoth trembled before his ire as he approached, but he was ultimately captured when Morgoth's reserves were set forth from the fortress and the Armies of men and elves were overrun. He was enslaved and became a thrall of Angband for seventeen years (FA 472 -489).
Gwindor escaped Angband, but his hand was chopped off while fighting one of the orc guards. The injury devastated Gwindor and he fell into despair in the wilderness and nearly died of his wound. He was rescued by Beleg Strongbow and his will to live returned. He later helped Beleg free Túrin Turambar and, after Beleg's tragic and accidental death, Gwindor found himself trying to rouse Turin as Beleg had roused Gwindor. He brought him to Nargothrond. He counselled against Túrin's policy of open warfare upon Morgoth's forces, but was ignored. He loved the elf, Finduilas, but found himself unfit to wed her and broke their engagement. He grew jealous of Turin since she loved him more and felt Turin had gained respect from the council at his expense. He warned Finduilas that Turin was cursed and would bring only doom to the people he loved. Nevertheless, he pitied Turin and loved him. He was mortally wounded in the Battle of Tumhalad, the last battle of Nargothrond. Túrin abandoned the battle and bore him to safety, but his wounds could not be healed. Gwindor died reproaching Túrin for his pride and pleading him to save Finduilas, who alone stood between Túrin and his doom.
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Earlier versions of the legendariumEdit
- ↑ The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 3: The Lays of Beleriand: The Lay of the Children of Húrin
- ↑ The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XX: "Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
- ↑ The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXI: "Of Túrin Turambar"
- ↑ The Children of Húrin
- ↑ The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings: The Etymologies
- ↑ The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 2: The Book of Lost Tales Part Two