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Finarfin

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Finarfin
Noldo
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Tirion
BirthYOTT c. 1230, Tirion
DeathDid not die
Family
ParentageFinwë Indis
Physical Description
GenderMale
Hair colorGolden (Vanyarin blood)

Finarfin (born in Valinor during the Years of the Trees 1230) was the youngest of the five children of Finwë, High King of the Noldor. Finarfin's mother was Indis, Finwë's second wife. The great Elf Lord Fëanor was his half-brother. His full siblings were Findis, Fingolfin, and Irimë.

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History

Two thousand years before the first rising of the Sun, Finarfin married Eärwen, daughter of Olwë, King of the Teleri in Valinor. They had four children: Finrod, Angrod, Aegnor and Galadriel1. Finarfin's mother was of the Vanyar, and he inherited her fair hair, which he passed on to his children. All other Noldor had dark hair. Thus the Elves of the House of Finarfin were unique among their kin.

Centuries later, Melkor destroyed the Two Trees, slaughtered Finarfin's father Finwë, and stole the Silmarils of Fëanor. Enraged, Fëanor came to the city of Tirion upon Túna and convinced many of his kinsmen to leave Valinor for Middle-earth, to recover the Silmarils and defeat Morgoth. Fëanor was a charismatic speaker, but Fingolfin and Finarfin were unmoved. However they too followed their half-brother, more for their children who eagerly accepted his cause.

The Noldor followed Fëanor in groups, and Fingolfin and Finarfin led the last host. As such they did not participate in the First Kinslaying or know its true cause at the time. While they were travelling up the coast of Araman, the Vala Mandos appeared and pronounced the Doom of the Noldor. Finarfin, wholly dismayed, returned to Valinor with a small group of his people. He presumably still rules the few remaining Noldor in Valinor from Tirion upon Túna.

Etymology

Finarfin's father-name was Arafinwë, Quenya for "Noble [son of] Finwë". The name Finarfin is the Sindarin version of his father-name.

Genealogy

(1) Míriel = Finwë = (2) Indis
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    Fëanor      Findis   Fingolfin   Irimë   FINARFIN = Eärwen
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                              Finrod   Angrod   Aegnor   Galadriel

Other Versions of the Legendarium

Finarfin was called Finrod in earlier versions of the legendarium, and his son was named Inglor Felagund. As such he appears in the 1st edition of The Lord of the Rings as Finrod. This was changed in later editions, but not all references to Inglor were removed (see Gildor Inglorion).

Notes

  1. Orodreth appears as one of Finarfin's sons in the published Silmarillion. In Tolkien's writings, however, he clearly marked as Angrod's son. Christopher Tolkien, the editor of The Silmarillion, later admitted the mistake.