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Míriel

Biographical information

Other names
Míriel Þerindë or Serindë
Titles
Queen of the Ñoldor
Date of birth
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Spouse
Weapon

Physical description

Race
Gender
Female
Height
Hair color
Silver[2]
Eye color
Dark[3]
Actor
Voice
Character

This article is about a Queen of the Ñoldor. For the Queen of Númenor, see Míriel Ar-Zimraphel.

Míriel Therindë [Quenya: Þerindë] or Míriel Serindë, 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.[2] She was highly skilled in the art of weaving and needlework, and thus her amilessë (mother-name) was Þerindë, the Broideress.[4]

BiographyEdit

Míriel married Finwë sometime during the Noontide of Valinor and they lived in Tirion. In YT 1169,[1] Míriel bore a son, called 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.

In YT 1170,[1] 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.[4][2] 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.[5]

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.[6]

EtymologyEdit

Míriel means "Jewel-woman" or perhaps "Jewel-daughter"' and her amilessë Þerindë "Broideress".[7] 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 ).[6]

CharacterEdit

Míriel was described to have silver hair and a slender figure. She sang as she worked that was described as "soft and sweet".[2]

House of FëanorEdit

House of Feanor

Finwë
   
   
Míriel
   
   
Mahtan
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fëanor
   
   
   
   
   
   
Nerdanel
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Maedhros
   
   
Maglor
   
   
Celegorm
   
   
Caranthir
   
   
Curufin
   
   
Amrod
   
   
Amras
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Celebrimbor


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Annals of Aman
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion, The Second Phase, IV: "Later Versions of the Story of Finwë and Míriel"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion, The First Phase, "Of the Silmarils and the Darkening of Valinor"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter VI: "Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  6. 6.0 6.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"
  7. The Silmarillion, Index of Names

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