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Caranthir

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== Other Versions of the Legendarium ==
 
== Other Versions of the Legendarium ==
He was called '''Cranthor''' in ''[[The Book of Lost Tales]]'' and '''Cranthir''' in early versions of ''[[Quenta Silmarillion|The Quenta Silmarillion]]''.
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In ''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part 2]]'', chapter called [[The Nauglafring]], he was called '''[[Cranthor]]''', while in the early version of the [[Quenta Silmarillion]], found in ''[[The Lost Road and Other Writings]]'', he was named '''[[Cranthir]]'''.
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== References ==
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* ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië]]
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* ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor]]
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* ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor]]
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* ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of the Flight of the Noldor]]
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* ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of the Return of the Noldor]]
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* ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of Beleriand and Its Realms]]
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* ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of the Noldor in Beleriand]]
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* ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin]]
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* ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad]]
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* ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of the Ruin of Doriath]]
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* ''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part 2]]'', [[The Nauglafring]]
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* ''[[The Shaping of Middle-earth]]'', [[The Earliest Annals of Valinor]]
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* ''[[The Shaping of Middle-earth]]'', [[The Earliest Annals of Beleriand]]
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* ''[[The Lost Road and Other Writings]]'', [[The later Annals of Beleriand]]
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* ''[[The Lost Road and Other Writings]]'', [[The later Annals of Valinor]]
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* ''[[The Lost Road and Other Writings]]'', [[Quenta Silmarillion]]
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* ''[[The Lost Road and Other Writings]]'', [[The Etymologies]]
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* ''[[Morgoth's Ring]]'', [[The Annals of Aman]]
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* ''[[Morgoth's Ring]]'', [[The Later Quenta Silmarillion]]
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* ''[[The War of the Jewels]]'', [[The Grey Annals]]
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* ''[[The War of the Jewels]]'', [[The Later Quenta Silmarillion]]
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* ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]'', [[The Shibboleth of Feanor]]
  
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==
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[[Category:Noldor]]
 
[[Category:Noldor]]
 
[[Category:House of Finwë]]
 
[[Category:House of Finwë]]
 
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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".

Contents

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

In The Book of Lost Tales Part 2, chapter called The Nauglafring, he was called Cranthor, while in the early version of the Quenta Silmarillion, found in The Lost Road and Other Writings, he was named Cranthir.

References

See Also