Indis was a Vanyar Elf of Valinor.

She was closely related to Ingwë, the King of the Vanyar and High King of the Elves, for her mother was Ingwë's sister.[2] Indis was known for her great beauty and was thus referred to as Indis the Fair.[1]


In YT 1185,[3] Indis married Finwë, the High King of the Ñoldor and was his second wife after the death of Míriel Serindë. She bore two sons, Fingolfin and Finarfin, and two daughters, Findis and Irimë. Through Finwë's first marriage, she was the stepmother to Fëanor, his first and only son to Míriel.[4]

Unfortunately, Fëanor harbored very little love for her or her sons which probably contributed to his mistrust of Fingolfin when Melkor began spreading his poisonous lies amongst the Ñoldor.[5][6]

After the death of Finwë and the rebellion of the Ñoldor, Indis and her eldest daughter Findis returned to their people of the Vanyar and dwelt there until Manwë restored Finwë to life. Their second daughter Irimë, however, went into exile with her brother Fingolfin.[7]

The Descendants of IndisEdit

Through her elder son Fingolfin, Indis was the grandmother of Turgon his second son; and thus she was the great-great-great grandmother of Elrond and Elros, and through Elros, the line of the Dunedain.

Through her younger son Finarfin, Indis was the grandmother of his only daughter the great Lady Galadriel of Lothlórien, thus adjoining Indis to Galadriel's daughter Celebrian as her great grandmother and once more to Celebrian's children, Elladan, Elrohir, and Arwen Undómiel, as their great-great grandmother. Also, in being connected to Arwen in this way, Indis was also distantly related to the Kings of Gondor, as Arwen married King Elessar of Gondor, and produced the heir to the throne, Eldarion.

House of FinwëEdit

House of Finwe


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

Other versions in the legendariumEdit

In earlier texts, she was the sister of Ingwë[2] and referred in The Silmarillion as his close kin.

In other versions, Indis bore five fair children to Finwë, two sons and three daughters (Findis, Faniel and Finvain).[8]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዒንዲስ
Arabic ىنديس
Armenian Ինդիս
Belarusian Cyrillic Індіс
Bengali ঈন্দিস
Bulgarian Cyrillic Индис
Chinese in第三 ?
Dari یندیس
Georgian ინდის
Greek Ίντις
Gujarati ઇન્ડીસ
Hebrew ינדיס
Hindi इंडिस
Japanese いんぢさ ?
Kannada ಇಂಡೀಸ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Ындіс
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Индис
Lao ິນດິຊ
Macedonian Cyrillic Индис
Mongolian Cyrillic Индис
Nepalese ईन्दिस
Pashto یندیس ?
Persian یندیس ?
Russian Индис
Sanskrit ईन्दिस्
Serbian Индис (Cyrillic) Indis (Latin)
Sinhalese ඊඳිස්
Tajik Cyrillic Индис
Tamil ஈந்திஸ் ?
Telugu ఇండీస్
Thai ินดิส
Tibetan ིནྡིས​
Tigrinya ዒንዲስ
Ukrainian Cyrillic Індіс
Urdu اندیس ?
Uyghur ىندىس
Uzbek Индис (Cyrillic)
Yiddish ינדיס


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter VI: "Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", Chief names of Finwë and his descendants, Note 53
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Annals of Aman
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter V: "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter III: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  6. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  7. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"
  8. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion, The Second Phase, II: "The Earliest Version of the Story of Finwë and Míriel"

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