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.
A skilled smith in Valinor, Mahtan learned the arts of metal and stone work under the Vala Aulë, and for this Mahtan was also called Aulendur, or 'Servant of Aulë'. He wore a copper circlet around his head and was known for his fondness for the metal and for this he was also known Urundil, 'copper-lover'. Mahtan in turn taught Fëanor, the greatest of all elven craftsmen, who to Mahtan's regret used this knowledge to forge the first ever weapons and armour in Valinor. He like his daughter did not join the Revolt of the Ñoldor and is presumably still alive and well in Aman.
Mahtan's name is a Quenyan word that seems to come from an old root mahta-, meaning "to handle", with special reference to the arts and skills of making.
The House of FëanorEdit
Finwë = Míriel Mahtan | | Fëanor = Nerdanel | ------------------------------------------------------ | | | | | | | Maedhros Maglor Celegorm Caranthir Curufin Amrod Amras | Celebrimbor
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