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'''Caranthir''', the fourth of the [[Sons of Fëanor]], was also the harshest and the quickest to anger. He was known as "Caranthir the Dark".
 
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== Etymology ==
 
== Etymology ==
As a member of the [[House of Finwë]], Caranthir's [[father-name]] was '''Morifinwë''' ("Dark Finwë", a reference to his dark hair). His [[mother-name]] was '''Carnistir''' ("Red-faced"). The name Caranthir is the [[Sindarin]] translation of his mother-name. {{Pronounce|Caranthir.mp3|Ardamir}}
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As a member of the [[House of Finwë]], Caranthir's [[father-name]] was '''Morifinwë''' ("Dark Finwë", a reference to his dark hair). His [[mother-name]] was '''Carnistir''' ("Red-faced"). The name Caranthir is the [[Sindarin]] translation of his mother-name.  
  
 
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== Other Versions of the Legendarium ==
 
== Other Versions of the Legendarium ==

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Caranthir the Dark
Noldo
Biographical Information
TitlesLord of Thargelion
BirthSometime during YOTT, Tirion
DeathFirst Age 505 (aged 650+)
Family
ParentageFëanor + Nerdanel
SpouseNone
Physical Description
GenderMale
Hair colorDark

Caranthir, the fourth of the Sons of Fëanor, was also the harshest and the quickest to anger. He was known as "Caranthir the Dark".

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History

As the other Sons of Fëanor, Caranthir was bound by an oath to recover his father's Silmarils, which had been stolen by the Dark Lord Morgoth. This oath took the seven brothers to Middle-earth during the First Age, where they established realms in exile, waged war against the armies of Morgoth, fought their own Elvish kind, and eventually brought ruin upon themselves.

Caranthir's realm was in Thargelion, and was sometimes called Dor Caranthir ("Caranthir's Land"). His abode was on the shores of Lake Helevorn.

In First Age c. 420, Caranthir rescued Haleth and her people, the Haladin, as they were besieged by Orcs. When he saw the valour of Men, he offered the Haladin a fiefdom in his lands to the North. However Haleth, wanting her people to serve no lord, thanked him but removed to the Forest of Brethil.

In 463, the Easterling Ulfang led his people over the Blue Mountains and swore allegiance to Maedhros. They were given land in Lothlann and became subjects of Caranthir.

In 472, the disaster of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad ("Battle of Unnumbered Tears") occured, caused by the betrayal of the people of Ulfang. Caranthir lost his realm and was forced to retreat to Mount Dolmed with his surviving brothers.

In 505, he perished along with his brothers Celegorm and Curufin during the Second Kinslaying, the attack by the Sons of Fëanor on Menegroth to recover a Silmaril from King Dior Eluchíl of Doriath.

Etymology

As a member of the House of Finwë, Caranthir's father-name was Morifinwë ("Dark Finwë", a reference to his dark hair). His mother-name was Carnistir ("Red-faced"). The name Caranthir is the Sindarin translation of his mother-name.

Genealogy


 
 
 
 
 
 
Finwë
 
Míriel Serindë
 
 
 
Mahtan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fëanor
 
 
 
 
 
Nerdanel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maedhros
 
Maglor
 
Celegorm
 
CARANTHIR
 
Curufin
 
Amrod
 
Amras
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Celebrimbor
 


Other Versions of the Legendarium

He was called Cranthor in The Book of Lost Tales and Cranthir in early versions of The Quenta Silmarillion.

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