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Elenwë

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Elenwë
Vanya
Biographical Information
BirthSometime during Years of the Trees, in Aman.
Deathc. Years of the Trees 1500. (aged 300[source?])
Family
SpouseTurgon
Physical Description
GenderFemale

Elenwë (Q, pron. [eˈlenwe]) was the wife of Turgon and mother of Idril Celebrindal. She was one of the Vanyar, and her golden hair passed to her daughter[1].

She followed her family to the departure of the [[Noldor|Ñoldor] from Aman. After Fëanor and his sons departed using the only ships, Fingolfin and Turgon took their people across the dangerous Helcaraxë, during which Elenwe was lost in the crossing, right before the Noldor returned to Middle-earth[2][3].

Elenwë is the only documented full Vanya who accompanied the Flight of the Noldor and came under the Doom of Mandos. But because of her death she did not reach Middle-earth, so no known full Vanya is specifically known to have stepped foot on Middle-earth alive since leaving it after the Great Journey.

Etymology

The name contains elen meaning "star". The ending -wë means "person"[4][5] and is peculiar since it is seen mostly in masculine names.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Maeglin"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth p.340
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels p.399