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Maeglin closer by Filat
Maeglin, son of Eöl the Dark Elf, by Filat


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Lord of the House of the Mole
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Maeglin was an Elf, the son of Eöl the "Dark Elf" and Aredhel daughter of Fingolfin. He lived during the First Age of the Sun in Middle-earth, and was a lord of the Hidden Elven Kingdom of Gondolin. He became infamous for being the one who betrayed the location of Gondolin to the Dark Lord Morgoth who later destroyed the city and sacked its army.


Aredhel had left Gondolin to wander through Beleriand, and in the woods of Nan Elmoth, she met Eöl, and stayed with him, eventually giving birth to Maeglin. Eöl gave his child the name Maeglin when he was twelve. His mother told him about Gondolin and its people throughout his childhood and he desired to see his related kin in the Hidden City. He and his mother soon grew weary and discontented with their life in Nan Elmoth and Eöl's strict shunning of the outside world. When Aredhel finally decided to leave Eöl, she took her son (who stole his father's sword, Anguirel, forged of meteoric iron) with her and returned to Gondolin. However, Eöl had followed her, and in judgment before Turgon, he attempted to kill Maeglin with a poisoned dart, but hit Aredhel instead. She died, and Eöl was cast down to his death from the city walls.

Maeglin was now an orphan, but Turgon held him in honor, and Maeglin both learned and taught much. He became an elven-prince held in high esteem, even leading his own noble House. He found rich lodes of metals in the Echoriath surrounding the city and forged weapons of steel stronger than had been seen before. His mine in the Echoriath was named Anghabar, Iron-Mine. In the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, Maeglin refused to remain behind as regent, and went forth to battle with Turgon. The seventh and final gate of Gondolin, the Great Gate of Steel, was Maeglin's creation.

Even though he was one of the mighty of Gondolin, he most desired Turgon's daughter (and Maeglin's first cousin) Idril. But there was no hope for him, for "the Eldar wedded not with kin so near" and, knowing his thought of her, Idril despised Maeglin.

When Tuor came, carrying Ulmo's warning of the danger to Gondolin, Maeglin sat on the right hand of Turgon and argued against Tuor. Tuor's marriage with Idril further incensed Maeglin, who rebelled against Turgon and Tuor. Later, seeking after metals, Maeglin defied Turgon's order to stay within the mountains, and was captured by orcs and brought to Angband. Morgoth promised both Gondolin and Idril in return for the location of the hidden city, thus luring Maeglin into the greatest treachery done in the Elder Days. Maeglin returned to Gondolin saying nothing, when the hosts of Morgoth attacked and overran the city, Maeglin fought with Tuor on the walls, and Tuor threw him to his death.

Maeglin was a relatively young elf, being merely 190 years old at the time of his death.[1]


Îon was the first name given to Maeglin, by Eöl, which simply meant 'son'. [3] His later and common name Maeglin means "sharp glance" in Sindarin, with Maeg (in Quenya maika) meaning 'sharp, piercing' and glin meaning 'gleam'. At birth, Aredhel secretly gave Maeglin the name of Lómion, signifying "Child of the Twilight" in the Quenya tongue.[4]

Morleg was the original and rejected name for him, as found in The War of the Jewels.

Maeglin's Family TreeEdit



Lomion by Filat
Maeglin outside of Eöl's house in Nan Elmoth, by Filat
Prince of gondolin by kazuki mendou-d54eizc
Maeglin, at the Nírnaeth Arnoediad with the Host of Turgon, by Kazuki Mendou
Turgon, Idril and Maeglin
From left to right: Turgon, Idril, and Maeglin

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ማአግሊን
Arabic مايجلن
Armenian Մաեգլին
Belarusian Cyrillic Маеглін
Bengali মাএগ্লিন
Bulgarian Cyrillic Маеглин
Chinese 梅格林
Dari ماهگلین
Georgian მაეგლინი
Greek Μαεγλιν
Gujarati મ​એગ્લિન
Hebrew מאיגלין
Kannada ಮಗ್ಲಿನ
Kazakh Cyrillic Маеглін
Korean 마이글린
Kurdish ماه‌گلین (Arabic script) Maeglîn (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Маэглин
Macedonian Cyrillic Маеглин
Marathi माएग्लिन
Mongolian Cyrillic Маеглин
Nepalese म​एग्लिन
Pashto ماېګلین
Persian ماهگلین
Punjabi ਮਾਏਗ੍ਲਿਨ
Russian Маэглин
Sanskrit म​एग्लिन्
Serbian Маеглин (Cyrillic) Maeglin (Latin)
Sindhi نايگلڳن ?
Sinhalese මැග්ලින්
Tajik Cyrillic Маеглин
Tamil மெக்லீன்
Telugu మ​ఎగ్లిన
Tigrinya ማአግሊን
Urdu مایگلان
Ukrainian Cyrillic Маеґлін
Uyghur ماەگلىن
Uzbek Маеглин (Cyrillic) Maeglin (Latin)
Yiddish מאַעגלין


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVI: "Of Maeglin"
  2. 2.0 2.1
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XI, The War of the Jewels: Part 4, Index
  4. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names

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