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King Turgon by Filat
Turgon the Wise watching sunrise from the walls of Gondolin, by Filat

Turgon

Biographical information

Other names
Turukáno, the Wise
Titles
Lord of Nevrast, King of Gondolin, Lord of the House of the King, High King of the Ñoldor
Date of birth
YT 1300
Year ascended to the throne
King of Gondolin (FA 104 - FA 510), High King of the Ñoldor (FA 473 - FA 510)
Date of death
Realms ruled
Nevrast (formerly), Gondolin
Spouse
Weapon

Physical description

Race
Gender
Male
Height
Hair color
Dark
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Actor
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Turgon was a Ñoldorin Elf of Gondolin, second son of Fingolfin, brother of Fingon, Aredhel, Argon, and father of Idril. In Middle-earth, Turgon was the King of Gondolin and the High King of the Ñoldor. For hundreds of years of the First Age, Turgon remained hidden from the eyes and ears of the great enemy until a betrayal from within caused his downfall.

BiographyEdit

Turukano and Elenwe by Filat
Turgon with his wife Elenwë before her death, by Filat.
DarkLanternAdded by DarkLantern

In Eldamar Turgon was friendly with the sons of Finarfin and opposed Fëanor's plan to pursue Morgoth after the theft of the Silmarils, but at last he chose to follow them to Middle-earth and became one of the exiles. His wife Elenwë was lost crossing Helcaraxë, but Turgon and his daughter Idril came to Nevrast, where he built Vinyamar and gathered to him one-third of the Ñoldor of Fingolfin and a large number of Sindar.

In the year 50 of the First Age, Turgon was instructed by Ulmo to prepare a secret kingdom and was shown the hidden valley of Tumladen in the Encircling Mountains. After 52 years of secret labor, Turgon led his people into Gondolin, where he ruled for over 500 years, largely ignoring the events of the Wars of Beleriand.

Aside from the misadventure of Eöl, the splendor of Turgon's reign in Gondolin was undisturbed until Dagor Bragollach (Battle of Sudden Flame), when Turgon was brought his father's body by Thorondor. Two years later Thorondor brought him Húrin and Huor, whom he fostered for a year and then allowed to return to Dor-lómin. At this time, Turgon foresaw the doom of the Ñoldor, and he secretly sent mariners to try to obtain the mercy of the Valar. None of these missions was successful and only one of the mariners, Voronwë, survived the Shadowy Seas paving the way for Tuor's coming to Gondolin.

For some reason Turgon joined the Union of Maedhros with a ten thousand strong army and fought alongside his brother Fingon in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad (Battle of Unnumbered Tears), but the sacrifice of Húrin, Huor, and the Third House of the Edain enabled him to retreat without revealing the location of Gondolin. When Tuor came to Gondolin in FA 496, Turgon welcomed him, but in his pride, he refused to follow the advice of Ulmo to flee to the Havens of Sirion. Now the full malice of Morgoth was directed toward Turgon, last of the House of Finwë to control a realm in Middle-earth. At last, aided by the treachery of Maeglin, Morgoth discovered the location of Gondolin, and Turgon was slain defending the city.[1][2][3]

Turgon is described in The Book of Lost Tales, Part 2 (The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 2) as this - "Then Turgon king of Gondolin robed in white with a belt of gold, and a coronet of garnets was upon his head".

Turgon was very feared by Morgoth and it is said that in Valinor, Morgoth knew that by the hand of Turgon he would fall.

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EtymologyEdit

Turgon's name is a Sindarinized form of his Quenya name Turukáno, which probably means something like "valiant lord". His father-name was Sarafinwë, which means 'Wise Finwë'.[5]

House of FingolfinEdit

House of Fingolfin

   
   
   
   
Finwë
   
   
Indis
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Findis
   
   
Fingolfin
   
   
Irimë
   
   
Finarfin
   
   
Eärwen
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fingon
   
   
Turgon
   
   
Elenwë
   
   
Aredhel
   
   
Eöl
   
   
Argon
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Idril
   
   
Tuor
   
   
Maeglin
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Eärendil
   
   
Elwing
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Elrond
   
   
Elros


GalleryEdit

Preceded by:
None
King of Gondolin
FA 104 - FA 510
Followed by:
None, Kingdom destroyed and title abandoned
Preceded by:
Fingon
High King of the Ñoldor
FA 473 - FA 510
Followed by:
Gil-Galad

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"
  3. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "The Battles of Beleriand"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 2: The Book of Lost Tales Part Two
  5. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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