Celebrimbor (Years of the Trees – Second Age 1697) was born in Valinor, the son of Curufin, fifth son of Fëanor. Aside from his grandfather, Celebrimbor was the greatest craftsman in the history of Middle-earth, and his forging of the Rings of Power led to the events chronicled in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The name Celebrimbor is the Sindarin translation of his father-name Telperinquar, from celeb "silver" (or celebren, "silver-like") and paur "fist", as in a hand holding a craft-tool or implement. His mother-name is unknown.
Celebrimbor followed his grandfather into exile, though little is said of his deeds during the First Age. His unnamed mother remained in Valinor. He probably fled to Nargothrond after the Dagor Bragollach. However, he took no part in the deeds of Curufin and Celegorm regarding Lúthien, Beren, and Finrod. He even repudiated his father's deeds and did not follow him when the two brothers were cast out from Nargothrond by Orodreth. After the destruction of Nargothrond, Celebrimbor lived for a time in Gondolin, where he was great jewelsmith for King Turgon. He may have created the Elessar of Eärendil, though other accounts name Enerdhil as the Master Jewelsmith and creator of the Elfstone, who perhaps taught Celebrimbor this art.
During the Second Age, he was lord of the elves of Ost-in-Edhil in Eregion. He was also the head of the Gwaith-i-Mírdain, a guild of elven craftsmen. They skill was so reknowned that they gained the admiration and friendship of the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm. Together with the dwarf Narvi, Celebrimbor crafted the Doors of Durin that guarded the West-gate of the Dwarven kingdom.
The Rings of Power
Around Second Age 1200 a mysterious craftsman arrived at Ost-in-Edhil offering his knowledge to the Gwaith-i-Mírdain. This was Sauron, in the guise of Annatar the "Lord of Gifts", who had come to subvert and destroy the elves.
Under the guidance and instruction of Annatar, Celebrimbor and the Gwaith-i-Mírdain made sixteen rings: seven for the Dwarves, and nine for Men. But secretly, without Annatar's knowledge, Celebrimbor created the three Rings of the Elves, the greatest and fairest of the Rings of Power. These rings were thus free of Sauron's corrupting influence. Celebrimbor named the rings Vilya, Narya, and Nenya after the principal Middle-earth elements of air, fire, and water, respectively.
At this time, Sauron was secretly forging the One Ring in Orodruin, which would enable him to rule Middle-earth by claiming dominance over all the Rings of Power and their bearers. Celebrimbor and the elves defied Sauron by withholding the other rings from him. Sauron retaliated by attacking Eregion, laying waste to the realm. Celebrimbor was captured in the sack, and was forced under torture to disclose where the Nine and the Seven were held, but he would not reveal the whereabouts of the three Elvish rings. He had already sent the three rings away for safekeeping: Vilya and Narya to Gil-galad in Lindon, and Nenya to Galadriel in Lothlórien. Sauron captured the lesser rings and used them as instruments of evil in later years, particularly against Men. Celebrimbor died from his torment, the last direct descendant of the line of Fëanor.
- The Elessar of Eärendil
- Doors of Durin (with Narvi)
- The Rings of Power
Fëanor = Nerdanel | _________________|________________________________________________ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Maedhros Maglor Celegorm Caranthir Curufin Amrod Amras | | CELEBRIMBOR