The Silmarillion chapters
  1. Ainulindalë
  2. Valaquenta
  3. Quenta Silmarillion
    1. Of the Beginning of Days
    2. Of Aulë and Yavanna
    3. Of the Coming of the Elves
    4. Of Thingol and Melian
    5. Of Eldamar
    6. Of Fëanor
    7. Of the Silmarils
    8. Of the Darkening of Valinor
    9. Of the Flight of the Noldor
    10. Of the Sindar
    11. Of the Sun and Moon
    12. Of Men
    13. Of the Return of the Noldor
    14. Of Beleriand and its Realms
    15. Of the Noldor in Beleriand
    16. Of Maeglin
    17. Of the Coming of Men into the West
    18. Of the Ruin of Beleriand
    19. Of Beren and Lúthien
    20. Of the Fifth Battle
    21. Of Túrin Turambar
    22. Of the Ruin of Doriath
    23. Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin
    24. Of the Voyage of Eärendil
  4. Akallabêth
  5. Of the Rings of Power

Of Thingol and Melian is the fourth chapter of the Quenta Silmarillion which is the third part of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion.


Melian was a Maia, one of the Ainur, and her singing was renowned in Valinor. She went to Middle-earth to fill the silence with her voice and the songs of birds.

At this time, the hosts of the Ñoldor and the Teleri were separated by forests, and Elwë went often through the forests to visit his friend Finwë. It was during this time that he heard the singing of Melian, and—enchanted and forgetful of his purpose—he followed the sound until he came upon her in a clearing in Nan Elmoth. Enamored by her, he took her hand, and a spell was set upon him that they stood together for many years, during which he forgot his people and abided with her.

The people of Elwë sought him but did not find him, and Olwë his brother then took the kingship of the Teleri and led them to Aman. Even though Elwë had formerly been an emissary to Valinor he never returned there, and he and Melian became king and queen of Doriath. His people were the Sindar—the Grey Elves—and they were known for Melian’s power and the fact that, of all the Sindar, Elwë alone had seen the light of the Trees. In later years, he became known by the Sindarin name Elu Thingol.


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