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Young Mahtan by Filat
A young Mahtan minus the beard, by Filat

Mahtan

Biographical information

Other names
Aulendur, Urundil, Rusco[1]
Titles
Date of birth
Unknown, YT ?
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Still alive
Realms ruled
Spouse
Unnamed wife
Weapon

Physical description

Race
Culture
Ñoldor (House of Mahtan)
Gender
Male
Height
Hair color
Brown with copperlike-red[1]
Eye color
Actor
Voice
Character

Mahtan was a renowned Ñoldorin metallurgist of Aman and the father of Nerdanel, the wife of Fëanor.

Mahtan had a beard, which was unusual for an Elf especially one as young as he. According to J. R. R. Tolkien most elves could only grow beards from the "third cycle" of their lives, while Mahtan was an exception in being only early in his second. It is unclear what these "cycles" actually refer to.

BiographyEdit

Mahtan was a skilled smith in Valinor learning the arts of metal and stone work under the direction of the Vala Aulë.[2] He wore a copper circlet around his head and was known for his fondness for the metal more then gold. Mahtan passed on his knowledge to his eager pupil and son-in-law Fëanor who surpassed his teacher by becoming the greatest of all Elven craftsmen. When Fëanor and certain Ñoldor became more proud and suspicious of other Ñoldor kin due to the lies of Melkor, and began forging weapons and armour of war the first ever in Valinor, Mahtan came to regret teaching him given the way he was using his knowledge. Later, Nerdanel became estranged from her husband and retired back to Mahtan's house. The servants of Aulë counselled against joining the Revolt of the Ñoldor and therefore he choose not to rebel and remained in Valinor in peace forever after.[1]

EtymologyEdit

The name Mahtan seems to come from the Quenyan mahta- ("to handle"), reference to the arts and skills of making. His devotion to Aulë had earned him the name Aulëndur ("Servant of Aulë")[3] from -ndur ("to serve").[4] The earlier form of this name was Aulëndil, which was later used by Sauron during his treachery to Númenor. His other name Urundil means "Copper-lover"[3] from urun ("copper") and -ndil ("lover, friend").[4][5] His other epessë Rusco means "Fox", a reference to his red-brown hair.[1]

House of FëanorEdit

House of Feanor

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter VI: "Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", Note 61
  4. 4.0 4.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  5. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names

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