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

Mahtan

Biographical information

Other names
Aulendur, Urundil[1]
Titles
Date of birth
YT ?, either Firstborn or during the Noontide of Valinor?
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Presumably 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

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'.[1] 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'.[1] 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.[2]

EtymologyEdit

Mahtan's name is a Quenyan word that seems to come from an old root mahta-, meaning "to handle", in reference to the arts and skills of making. The name Aulendur is Quenyan and is made from the words Aulë (a reference to the Ainur master of crafts) and -ndur ("follower" or "servant"). His other name, urundil, is also Quenyan, and appears to be made from the words urus (copper) and -ndil (lover or friend).

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The House of FëanorEdit

House of Feanor

Finwë
   
   
Míriel
   
   
Mahtan
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fëanor
   
   
   
   
   
   
Nerdanel
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Maedhros
   
   
Maglor
   
   
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Celebrimbor


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 III: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"

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