- This article is about Míriel, Queen of the Ñoldor. For the Queen of Númenor of the same name, see: Míriel Ar-Zimraphel.
Míriel also known as Míriel Þerindë was the first wife of Finwë, the High King of the Ñoldor and the mother of Fëanor. Miriel's hair was described as being silver in appearance, an unusual color for one of the Ñoldor. She was highly skilled in the art of weaving and needlework, and thus her Mother Name was Þerindë, the broideress.
Míriel married Finwë sometime during the Noontide of Valinor and they lived in Tirion. They had one child a son Curufinwë, whom she called Fëanáro which means 'Spirit of Fire'. After giving birth to Fëanor she could no longer live and so wished to die, something which was impossible because, as an elf, she was immortal within Arda. Watched over by Irmo in Lórien, she laid down in his gardens where her fëa peacefully departed from her body, and she entered the Halls of Mandos: in essence she had died of free will. Her body was tended by the maidens of Estë and remained preserved. This was seen as a shocking event by the Valar, and eventually led to the second marriage of Finwë, and from there to the Rebellion of the Ñoldor and the First Kinslaying.
After Finwë had been killed, Míriel was granted permission to return to life, where she entered the service of Vairë, her task to weave all the deeds of the House of Finwë in the Tapestry of Time.
Míriel means 'Jewel-woman' or perhaps 'Jewel-daughter' and her Mother Name Þerindë 'broideress'. Serindë is a later version of her name after changes in the language of the Noldor. However she requested that her kin continue to call her Þerindë (Þ is pronounced "th" so therindë )
The House of FëanorEdit
Finwë = Míriel Mahtan | | Fëanor = Nerdanel | ------------------------------------------------------ | | | | | | | Maedhros Maglor Celegorm Caranthir Curufin Amrod Amras | Celebrimbor
- ↑ The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The History of Middle-earth: The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"