|Birth||Sometime during late YOTT, Tirion |
|Death||YOTT 1500 (aged 50+)|
|Parentage||Fëanor + Nerdanel|
|Gallery||Images of Amras|
Amras (Years of the Trees – First Age 1) and his twin brother Amrod were the youngest sons of Fëanor. Through their mother Nerdanel they inherited red hair (probably a dark red), instead of Fëanor's black. He joined his brothers in the Oath of Fëanor, but his mother Nerdanel begged that either he or Amrod be left behind, believing in her heart that one would not return. Fëanor, however, refused her this kindness, and paid for it. Amras was accidentally killed in the swan ships of the Teleri when his father ordered them to be burnt at Losgar. According to the Shibboleth, he claimed (to Amrod) to have felt uncomfortable sleeping on the ground after the Noldor landed on the Lammoth. It was thought later that he wished to return to his mother in the ship, being shocked by his father's deeds. Fëanor was probably aware of his dissention, and this may have been one of the elements of his decision to burn the ships even before all the food and stores had been got out. Yet he was in great dismay when he learned of his son's death, and doubtless remembered the foreboding words of his wife.
Amras' father-name in Quenya was Telufinwë, "Last [of] Finwë", for he was the last of the sons of the House of Finwë. His mother-name was originally Ambarussa ("Top-russet", referring to his hair), the same as his twin Amrod, but Fëanor insisted that the twins ought to have different names and Nerdanel prophetically called him Umbarto, "The Fated" (from umbar = "fate"). His father, disturbed by it, changed it to Ambarto, "Upwards-exalted" (from amba = "upwards, top" and arta = "exalted"). Nevertheless both twins called each other Ambarussa.
The name Amras is the Sindarin version of the short form of Telufinwë, Telvo.
In later notes found in The Peoples of Middle-earth, Tolkien mentions that he wished to change the name to Amros because of linguistic issues. While this occured late in life, and there are no known manuscripts written later that contradict this, its canonicity is in dispute.
Finwë = Míriel | | Fëanor = Nerdanel | _________________|________________________________________________ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Maedhros Maglor Celegorm Caranthir Curufin Amrod AMRAS | | Celebrimbor
Other Versions of the Legendarium
There is no trace of the death of Amras at Losgar in the published Silmarillion, as it was a very late idea by Tolkien, omitted by Christopher Tolkien as he did not at the time see how it could be incorporated into the primary text of The Silmarillion. Where both Amrod and Amras are mentioned in the published text after the landing in Losgar, it should according to Tolkien's later wishes be Amrod alone. The information regarding Amras' naming, especially, comes from The Peoples of Middle-earth.