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This article is about the Elf of the First Age. For the wife of Denethor, see Finduilas (wife of Denethor).
Līga Kļaviņa - Princess of Nargothrond.jpg
Biographical Information
Other namesFaelivrin (S, epessë)
DeathF.A. 495
Crossings of Teiglin
HouseHouse of Finarfin
ParentageOrodreth; unnamed mother (Sinda)[1]
SpouseBetrothed to Gwindor; never married
Physical Description
Hair colorGolden
GalleryImages of Finduilas

Finduilas was a Noldorin princess of the First Age, the daughter of Orodreth, ruler of Nargothrond, and a sister of Gil-galad.



Finduilas lived in Nargothrond with her father and brother under the rule of Finrod Felagund. She was betrothed to Gwindor, who named her Faelivrin, which meant "Gleam of the Sun on the Pools of Ivrin".[2]

Elena Kukanova - Nargothrond - Turin and Finduilas

Her betrothed was captured in F.A. 472 during the Battle of Unnumbered Tears by Morgoth,[3] but he returned in 490 with a companion[4] who called himself Agarwaen, son of Umarth ("Bloodstained, son of the Cursed"). Unknown to Finduilas this was actually Túrin son of Húrin.

Despite her old feelings for Gwindor, who was now mutilated, Finduilas fell in love with noble Túrin who became an influential warrior of Nargothrond. Túrin failed to notice her feelings, she reminding him of Lalaith, the sister he lost in childhood. Gwindor realized that Finduilas had fallen in love with Túrin, and revealed his name to her in an attempt to discourage her pursuit.[2]

Ted Nasmith - Finduilas is Led Past Túrin at the Sack of Nargothrond

At the Sack of Nargothrond by Glaurung, Finduilas was captured. Gwindor was slain after ordering Túrin to protect Finduilas as only she could save him from his fate; however he was entranced by the dragon, and he could not hear Finduilas' cries as she was being dragged past him by the Orcs as a captive for Angband.[5]

Due to Glaurung's deceit Túrin abandoned Finduilas and instead went to Hithlum in search for his kin. When the Orcs were waylaid by the Haladin of Brethil at the Crossings of Teiglin they killed all their captives, pinning Finduilas to a tree with a spear.

By the time Túrin regained his senses, the Haladin buried her in a mound they called Haudh-en-Elleth ("Mound of the Elf-maiden").[6]


Her name perhaps contains the element find- for "hair".[7]



See Also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", The names of Finwë's descendants, The parentage of Gil-galad
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "Túrin in Nargothrond"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §227
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §267
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Fall of Nargothrond"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Coming of Túrin into Brethil"
  7. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth