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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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| age=1,722 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 = 1,722.</ref>
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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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'''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.
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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.  She was fond of the sons of [[Fëanor]], especially [[Celegorm]] and [[Curufin]].
  
==History==
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== History ==
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Aredhel was born to [[Fingolfin]] and [[Anairë]] in [[Valinor]]. She followed her father and brothers over the [[Helcaraxë]] to [[Middle Earth]].
  
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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After arriving in Middle-earth, she dwelt for a time in [[Nevrast]] with her brother Turgon. When he built the hidden city of [[Gondolin]] she went with him. After two hundred years, the longing for the forests and wide lands overcame her and she asked her brother for permission to leave. Turgon was unwilling, because he feared for her safety and for the secrecy of his kingdom. He eventually relented, giving her a small escort of lords for protection. Aredhel ignored his plea that she would only go to see Fingon, desiring instead to meet the [[Sons of Fëanor]] again. They sought passage through [[Doriath]], but were denied because they were of the [[Noldor]]. They were forced to go northward to [[Nan Dungortheb]], where they were separated. Aredhel continued onward to [[Himlad]] where [[Celegorm]] and [[Curufin]] lived, only to find him away. She got tired of waiting, and began taking trips on her own to pass the time. It was on one such trip that she wandered into the forest of [[Nan Elmoth]].
  
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|[[Ted Nasmith]] - ''Eöl Welcomes Aredhel'']]
[[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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[[Eöl]] the [[Dark Elf]] lived there, and upon seeing Aredhel's beauty, wove a spell which caused her to become hopelessly lost and wander ever closer to his home. Eöl revealed himself when she arrived, and welcomed her to his house. They married and had a son named [[Maeglin]]. During this time, Aredhel was free to go where she pleased, with the sole restriction that she couldn't visit any of her kin. Her homesickness led her to tell Maeglin many stories about Gondolin and the Noldor, which only increased her longing for home. Thus, when Maeglin proposed that they abandon Nan Elmoth and return to Gondolin, she responded with pride and joy.  
  
==Etymology==
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Waiting until Eöl was away, the two fled from Nan Elmoth for Gondolin, but were unknowingly tracked by Eöl, who had discovered their disappearance earlier than expected. Aredhel and Maeglin were received with joy in Gondolin, but the guards quickly caught Eöl and brought him to the King on Aredhel's bidding. Turgon was initially willing to spare Eöl and accept him as a kinsman if he remained in Gondolin, but Eöl would not accept this judgement and chose death for himself and Maeglin. He threw a javelin at his son, but Aredhel shielded Maeglin and was wounded. While she lay resting, she spoke to her niece Idril and begged her to ensure Turgon showed mercy to Eöl. This was not to be, as the weapon Eöl used had been poisoned. Aredhel died shortly after making this final plea, leaving the city and its King bereaved once more.
  
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== Etymology ==
 
Aredhel's name in [[Valinor]] used to be '''''Írissë'''''. In [[Sindarin]] this name was ''Íreth''.<ref>{{PM|XI}}, p. 345</ref>
 
Aredhel's name in [[Valinor]] used to be '''''Írissë'''''. In [[Sindarin]] this name was ''Íreth''.<ref>{{PM|XI}}, p. 345</ref>
  
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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The name ''Aredhel'' means "Noble Elf" in [[Sindarin]].<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 139</ref> Note on pronunciation: Aredhel should be pronounced ''ar-eth-el'' (hard "th"), not ''ar-ed-hel''.
  
Note on pronunciation: Aredhel should be pronounced ''ar-eth-el'' (hard "th"), not ''ar-ed-hel''.
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== Genealogy ==
 
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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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==See Also==
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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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== See also ==
 
* [[:Category:Images of Aredhel|Images of Aredhel]]
 
* [[:Category:Images of Aredhel|Images of Aredhel]]
 
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* {{S|Maeglin}}</small>
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Latest revision as of 12:57, 1 August 2015

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Aredhel
Noldo
Biographical Information
Other namesÍrissë (Q), Ar-Feiniel, "White Lady of the Noldor"
LocationGondolin
LanguageQuenya and Sindarin
BirthY.T. 1362[1]
Tirion
DeathF.A. 400 (aged 1,722 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]
GalleryImages of Aredhel

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. She was fond of the sons of Fëanor, especially Celegorm and Curufin.

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[edit] History

Aredhel was born to Fingolfin and Anairë in Valinor. She followed her father and brothers over the Helcaraxë to Middle Earth.

After arriving in Middle-earth, she dwelt for a time in Nevrast with her brother Turgon. When he built the hidden city of Gondolin she went with him. After two hundred years, the longing for the forests and wide lands overcame her and she asked her brother for permission to leave. Turgon was unwilling, because he feared for her safety and for the secrecy of his kingdom. He eventually relented, giving her a small escort of lords for protection. Aredhel ignored his plea that she would only go to see Fingon, desiring instead to meet the Sons of Fëanor again. They sought passage through Doriath, but were denied because they were of the Noldor. They were forced to go northward to Nan Dungortheb, where they were separated. Aredhel continued onward to Himlad where Celegorm and Curufin lived, only to find him away. She got tired of waiting, and began taking trips on her own to pass the time. It was on one such trip that she wandered into the forest of Nan Elmoth.

Ted Nasmith - Eöl Welcomes Aredhel

Eöl the Dark Elf lived there, and upon seeing Aredhel's beauty, wove a spell which caused her to become hopelessly lost and wander ever closer to his home. Eöl revealed himself when she arrived, and welcomed her to his house. They married and had a son named Maeglin. During this time, Aredhel was free to go where she pleased, with the sole restriction that she couldn't visit any of her kin. Her homesickness led her to tell Maeglin many stories about Gondolin and the Noldor, which only increased her longing for home. Thus, when Maeglin proposed that they abandon Nan Elmoth and return to Gondolin, she responded with pride and joy.

Waiting until Eöl was away, the two fled from Nan Elmoth for Gondolin, but were unknowingly tracked by Eöl, who had discovered their disappearance earlier than expected. Aredhel and Maeglin were received with joy in Gondolin, but the guards quickly caught Eöl and brought him to the King on Aredhel's bidding. Turgon was initially willing to spare Eöl and accept him as a kinsman if he remained in Gondolin, but Eöl would not accept this judgement and chose death for himself and Maeglin. He threw a javelin at his son, but Aredhel shielded Maeglin and was wounded. While she lay resting, she spoke to her niece Idril and begged her to ensure Turgon showed mercy to Eöl. This was not to be, as the weapon Eöl used had been poisoned. Aredhel died shortly after making this final plea, leaving the city and its King bereaved once more.

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

[edit] Genealogy

Míriel
d. Y.T. 1170
 
Finwë
d. Y.T. 1495
 
Indis
b. Y.T.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fëanor
Y.T. 1169 - 1497
 
Findis
b. Y.T.
 
Fingolfin
Y.T. 1190 - F.A. 456
 
Anairë
b. Y.T.
 
Írimë
b. Y.T.
 
Finarfin
b. Y.T. 1230
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fingon
d. F.A. 472
 
Turgon
Y.T. 1300 - F.A. 510
 
Elenwë
d. Y.T. 1500
 
AREDHEL
Y.T. 1362 - F.A. 400
 
Eöl
d. F.A. 400
 
Argon
d. F.A. 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tuor
b. F.A. 472
 
Idril
b. Y.T.
 
 
 
 
 
Maeglin
F.A. 320 - 510
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eärendil
b. F.A. 503
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


[edit] 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.

[edit] 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 = 1,722.

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