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#REDIRECT [[Aredhel Ar-Feiniel]]
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| image=[[Image:Aredhel by Darcival.jpg|250px]]
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| name=Aredhel
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| othernames=''Írissë'', ''Ar-Feiniel'', "White Lady of the Noldor"
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| location=[[Gondolin]]
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| language=[[Quenya]] and [[Sindarin]]
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| birth={{YT|1362}}<ref name="Annal">{{MR|Annals}}, p. 102, notes 8 and 9</ref>
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| death={{FA|400}}
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| deathlocation=[[Gondolin]]
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| age=1,738 years<ref group="note">Years of the Sun. Each Year of the Tree is equal to 9.582 Years of the Sun, and the Years of the Trees ended in the year 1500. So, 400 + 9.582 x 138 = 1,777.</ref>
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| house=[[House of Fingolfin]]
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| parentage=[[Fingolfin]] and [[Anairë]]
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| siblings=[[Fingon]], [[Turgon]] and [[Argon]]
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| spouse=[[Eöl]]
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| children=[[Maeglin]]
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}}'''Aredhel''', also called '''Ar-Feiniel''', the White Lady of the [[Noldor]], was the daughter of High King [[Fingolfin]] and [[Anairë]], sister of [[Fingon]], [[Turgon]], and [[Argon]], and mother of [[Maeglin]].
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She was tall and strong, fond of hunting and riding in the forests.  Her skin was pale and her hair dark; she always wore silver and white.  Though fond of the sons of [[Fëanor]], she never fell in love with any of them.
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==History==
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After arriving in [[Middle-earth]], she dwelt in [[Nevrast]] with Turgon, and went with him to [[Gondolin]].  But after two hundred years the longing for the forests and wide lands overcame her, and she asked leave to depart. Turgon was unwilling, fearing the exposure of the [[Gondolin|Hidden Kingdom]], but eventually relented.
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Riding with companions, they were denied entrance to [[Doriath]], it being closed to the [[Noldor|Ñoldor]], and so they went around to the north, where she was separated in the dangerous region of [[Nan Dungortheb]] and reported lost.  But she reached [[Himlad]] safely, and waited there to meet [[Celegorm]] who was abroad, but eventually she wandered out of boredom, and became lost in the forest of [[Nan Elmoth]].
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[[File:Ted Nasmith - Eöl Welcomes Aredhel.jpg|thumb|left|Aredhel meeting Eöl]]
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[[Eöl]] the [[Dark Elf]] ruled those woods; they met, and he led to his home, where she stayed for many years, and were married.  They had a son named Maeglin, and telling him of her former life and home, she desired to see them again, and left Nan Elmoth with Maeglin while Eöl was away. They reached Gondolin (not realizing that Eöl was following them all the while), and were received with rejoicing. Eöl was also discovered and brought before Turgon, but rather than accept Turgon's judgment, he attempted to kill his son. Aredhel stepped in front of the stab, but because it was a poisoned dart, she died that night from the wound.
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Eöl was cast down from the city walls and died, while Maeglin became mighty in Gondolin and later betrayed it to [[Morgoth]].
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==Etymology==
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Aredhel's name in [[Valinor]] used to be '''''Írissë'''''. In [[Sindarin]] this name was ''Íreth''.<ref>{{PM|XI}}, p. 345</ref>
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The name ''Aredhel'' means "Noble Elf" in [[Sindarin]],<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 139</ref> and is probably an [[epessë]] acquired later.{{fact}}
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Note on pronunciation: Aredhel should be pronounced ''ar-eth-el'' (hard "th"), not ''ar-ed-hel''.
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== Other Versions of the Legendarium ==
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The names ''Aredhel'' and ''Ar-Feiniel'' ("noble white lady") were both originally intended to stand alone, and be used as the main name of Irissë. While preparing ''[[The Silmarillion]]'' for publication [[Christopher Tolkien]] could not discover which name was intended to be used as her final name, and he therefore chose to use both names: a decision he later stated in [[the History of Middle-earth]] series was possibly mistaken.
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==Genealogy==
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{{familytree| | | FEA | | FDS | | FNG |y| ANA | | IRM | | FIR | |FEA=[[Fëanor]]|FDS=[[Findis]]|FNG=[[Fingolfin]]|ANA=[[Anairë]]|IRM=[[Írimë]]|FIR=[[Finarfin]]}}
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{{familytree| FIN | | ELE |y| TUR | | ARE |y| EOL | | ARG |FIN=[[Fingon]]|ARE='''AREDHEL'''|TUR=[[Turgon]]|ELE=[[Elenwë]]|EOL=[[Eöl]]|ARG=[[Argon]]}}
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==See Also==
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* [[:Category:Images of Aredhel|Images of Aredhel]]
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* {{S|Maeglin}}</small>
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[[Category:Characters in The Silmarillion]]
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[[Category:House of Fingolfin]]

Revision as of 12:23, 4 November 2012

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Aredhel
Noldo
Biographical Information
Other namesÍrissë, Ar-Feiniel, "White Lady of the Noldor"
LocationGondolin
LanguageQuenya and Sindarin
BirthY.T. 1362[1]
Tirion
DeathF.A. 400 (aged 1,738 years[note 1])
Gondolin
Family
HouseHouse of Fingolfin
ParentageFingolfin and Anairë
SiblingsFingon, Turgon and Argon
SpouseEöl
ChildrenMaeglin
Physical Description
GenderFemale
HeightTall[2]
Hair colorDark[2]
ClothingSilver and white[2]
Aredhel, also called Ar-Feiniel, the White Lady of the Noldor, was the daughter of High King Fingolfin and Anairë, sister of Fingon, Turgon, and Argon, and mother of Maeglin.

She was tall and strong, fond of hunting and riding in the forests. Her skin was pale and her hair dark; she always wore silver and white. Though fond of the sons of Fëanor, she never fell in love with any of them.

Contents

History

After arriving in Middle-earth, she dwelt in Nevrast with Turgon, and went with him to Gondolin. But after two hundred years the longing for the forests and wide lands overcame her, and she asked leave to depart. Turgon was unwilling, fearing the exposure of the Hidden Kingdom, but eventually relented.

Riding with companions, they were denied entrance to Doriath, it being closed to the Ñoldor, and so they went around to the north, where she was separated in the dangerous region of Nan Dungortheb and reported lost. But she reached Himlad safely, and waited there to meet Celegorm who was abroad, but eventually she wandered out of boredom, and became lost in the forest of Nan Elmoth.

Aredhel meeting Eöl

Eöl the Dark Elf ruled those woods; they met, and he led to his home, where she stayed for many years, and were married. They had a son named Maeglin, and telling him of her former life and home, she desired to see them again, and left Nan Elmoth with Maeglin while Eöl was away. They reached Gondolin (not realizing that Eöl was following them all the while), and were received with rejoicing. Eöl was also discovered and brought before Turgon, but rather than accept Turgon's judgment, he attempted to kill his son. Aredhel stepped in front of the stab, but because it was a poisoned dart, she died that night from the wound.

Eöl was cast down from the city walls and died, while Maeglin became mighty in Gondolin and later betrayed it to Morgoth.

Etymology

Aredhel's name in Valinor used to be Írissë. In Sindarin this name was Íreth.[3]

The name Aredhel means "Noble Elf" in Sindarin,[4] and is probably an epessë acquired later.[source?]

Note on pronunciation: Aredhel should be pronounced ar-eth-el (hard "th"), not ar-ed-hel.

Other Versions of the Legendarium

The names Aredhel and Ar-Feiniel ("noble white lady") were both originally intended to stand alone, and be used as the main name of Irissë. While preparing The Silmarillion for publication Christopher Tolkien could not discover which name was intended to be used as her final name, and he therefore chose to use both names: a decision he later stated in the History of Middle-earth series was possibly mistaken.

Genealogy


Míriel
 
 
 
 
 
Finwë
 
 
 
 
 
Indis
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fëanor
 
Findis
 
Fingolfin
 
Anairë
 
Írimë
 
Finarfin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fingon
 
Elenwë
 
Turgon
 
AREDHEL
 
Eöl
 
Argon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tuor
 
Idril
 
 
 
 
 
Maeglin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eärendil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


See Also

Notes

  1. Years of the Sun. Each Year of the Tree is equal to 9.582 Years of the Sun, and the Years of the Trees ended in the year 1500. So, 400 + 9.582 x 138 = 1,777.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman", p. 102, notes 8 and 9
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", p. 345
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 139