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'''Elwing''' was the daughter of [[Dior Eluchíl]], the heir to the [[Silmaril]] of [[Beren Erchamion]], and wife of [[Eärendil the Mariner]]. Through the power of the [[Valar|Vala]] [[Ulmo]] she escaped the destruction of the [[Havens of Sirion]] in the form of a white bird, and came to her husband on the Sea with the Silmaril upon her breast.
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'''Elwing''' was the daughter of [[Dior|Dior Eluchíl]] and [[Nimloth of Doriath|Nimloth]], and lover of [[Eärendil]].
  
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==History==
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When Elwing was very young, her father inherited the throne of [[Doriath]], along with the [[Silmaril]] reclaimed by [[Beren]], and she moved with her parents to the caves of [[Menegroth]]. In {{FA|506}}, three of the [[sons of Fëanor]], driven by their terrible [[Oath of Fëanor|Oath]], [[Second Kinslaying|attacked Menegroth]] and slew her parents and two brothers. She escaped the [[Sack of Doriath]] with the Silmaril and fled to the [[Havens of Sirion]]. There she met and married [[Eärendil]] and gave birth to twins [[Elrond]] and [[Elros]].
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In {{FA|538}} the remaining sons of Fëanor attacked the Havens of Sirion to take the Silmaril. They captured Elwing's sons but as they came for her she cast herself into the [[Belegaer|Great Sea]]. Through the power of the [[Valar|Vala]] [[Ulmo]], she took the form of a white bird and came to her husband in his ship [[Vingilótë]] with the Silmaril upon her breast.
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Elwing sailed with her husband on his great voyage to the [[Aman|West]] and, unlike the crew of his ship, refused to be separated from him when he sought the [[Valar]] in [[Valinor]]. While he spoke to them, she went to [[Alqualondë]] and told the [[Teleri]] there about the tumultuous history of [[Beleriand]]. When the Valar allowed Eärendil and Elwing, both being Half-elven, to choose which of the races they would be members of, Eärendil let her make the choice for them. Because of what had happened to her grandmother [[Lúthien]], Elwing decided to be counted among the Elves, as did her husband for her sake. Elwing was given a tower to live in by the shores of [[Eldamar]], and there she fed seabirds that came to her windows. Eventually she learned their language, and was able to transform into a swan. They still dwell in  [[Aman]] and she flies out in her swan form to meet Eärendil when he returns from his voyages through the sky.
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== Etymology ==
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Elwing means "Star-spray" in [[Sindarin]] (from ''[[êl]]'' = "star" and ''[[gwing]]'' = "foam, spray"). Her name comes from the waterfall of [[Lanthir Lamath]], which lay near the home of her parents when she was born.  '''[[Elenwinga]]''' is a possible alternate [[Quenya]] form of her name; she is not a [[Noldo]], but Quenya was the native language of her husband Eärendil from [[Gondolin]].
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== Genealogy ==
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{{familytree | | | | LUT |~|y|~| BER | | | |LUT=[[Lúthien]]|BER=[[Beren]]}}
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{{familytree | | | | | | | DIO |y| NIM | | |DIO=[[Dior|Dior Eluchíl]]|NIM=[[Nimloth of Doriath|Nimloth]]}}
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{{familytree | EAR |y| ELW | | ELD | | ELN |EAR=[[Eärendil]]|ELW='''ELWING'''|ELD=[[Eluréd]]|ELN=[[Elurín]]}}
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{{familytree | ELR | | ELS | | | | | | | | |ELR=[[Elrond]]|ELS=[[Elros]]}}
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== See Also ==
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* [[:Category:Images of Elwing|Images of Elwing]]
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[[Category:Birds]]
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[[Category:Characters in The Silmarillion]]
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[[Category:House of Dior]]
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Revision as of 12:06, 4 November 2012

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Elwing
Half-elf
Biographical Information
LocationHavens of Sirion, Eldamar
LanguageSindarin
BirthF.A. 503
near Lanthir Lamath
Family
HouseHouse of Dior
HeritageHalf-elven father, Elf mother
ParentageDior & Nimloth
SiblingsEluréd and Elurín
SpouseEärendil
ChildrenElrond and Elros
Physical Description
GenderFemale

Elwing was the daughter of Dior Eluchíl and Nimloth, and lover of Eärendil.

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History

When Elwing was very young, her father inherited the throne of Doriath, along with the Silmaril reclaimed by Beren, and she moved with her parents to the caves of Menegroth. In F.A. 506, three of the sons of Fëanor, driven by their terrible Oath, attacked Menegroth and slew her parents and two brothers. She escaped the Sack of Doriath with the Silmaril and fled to the Havens of Sirion. There she met and married Eärendil and gave birth to twins Elrond and Elros.

In F.A. 538 the remaining sons of Fëanor attacked the Havens of Sirion to take the Silmaril. They captured Elwing's sons but as they came for her she cast herself into the Great Sea. Through the power of the Vala Ulmo, she took the form of a white bird and came to her husband in his ship Vingilótë with the Silmaril upon her breast.

Elwing sailed with her husband on his great voyage to the West and, unlike the crew of his ship, refused to be separated from him when he sought the Valar in Valinor. While he spoke to them, she went to Alqualondë and told the Teleri there about the tumultuous history of Beleriand. When the Valar allowed Eärendil and Elwing, both being Half-elven, to choose which of the races they would be members of, Eärendil let her make the choice for them. Because of what had happened to her grandmother Lúthien, Elwing decided to be counted among the Elves, as did her husband for her sake. Elwing was given a tower to live in by the shores of Eldamar, and there she fed seabirds that came to her windows. Eventually she learned their language, and was able to transform into a swan. They still dwell in Aman and she flies out in her swan form to meet Eärendil when he returns from his voyages through the sky.

Etymology

Elwing means "Star-spray" in Sindarin (from êl = "star" and gwing = "foam, spray"). Her name comes from the waterfall of Lanthir Lamath, which lay near the home of her parents when she was born. Elenwinga is a possible alternate Quenya form of her name; she is not a Noldo, but Quenya was the native language of her husband Eärendil from Gondolin.

Genealogy

 
Elu Thingol
 
Melian
 
Bëor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lúthien
 
 
 
Beren
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dior Eluchíl
 
Nimloth
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eärendil
 
ELWING
 
Eluréd
 
Elurín
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elrond
 
Elros
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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