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Elenwë

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Elenwë
Vanya
Biographical Information
LocationTirion
DeathY.T. 1500
Helcaraxë
Family
HouseHouse of Fingolfin (by marriage)
SpouseTurgon
ChildrenIdril
Physical Description
GenderFemale
Hair colorGolden

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 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, excepting only as part of the Valinorean army which destroyed most of Beleriand in the final drive to conquer Morgoth. All Vanyar who participated in that battle then went home to Valinor.

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.

In Other Versions of the Legendarium

Originally the name of Turgon's wife was Alairë - later corrected by Tolkien in 1970 to Anairë - who would not leave Valinor. Anairë became Fingolfin's spouse whilst Elenwë became Turgon's in genealogies.[6]

See Also

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
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Three. The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings not forming part of the Quenta Silmarillion: III. Maeglin", p. 323