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Finduilas

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(See also Finduilas of Dol Amroth)

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Finduilas
Noldo
Biographical Information
TitlesHigh Princess of the Noldor; Faelivrin.
BirthSometime during Years of the Trees in Valinor.
DeathFirst Age - 495.
Family
ParentageOrodreth and Eldalôtë.
SpouseBetrothed to Gwindor but never married.
ChildrenNone.
Physical Description
GenderFemale.
Hair colorGolden.

Finduilas was an Elf of the First Age, the daughter of Orodreth, ruler of Nargothrond, and sister of Gil-galad.

History

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". She was very beautiful, a high princess of the Noldor and niece of Galadriel.

Her betrothed was captured in First Age 472 during the Battle of Unnumbered Tears by Morgoth, but he returned in 490 with a companion 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, Finduilas fell in love with Túrin, but Túrin refused her in respect for his friend. Gwindor realized this, and revealed Túrin's name to Finduilas, and tried to encourage the growing love between the two.

At the sack of Nargothrond by Glaurung, Gwindor was slain and Túrin was entranced by the dragon, Because of the enchantment, he could not hear Finduilas' cries as she was being dragged past him by the Orcs as a captive for Angband.

Due to Glaurung's deceit Túrin abandoned Finduilas and instead went to Hithlum in search for his kin, and by the time he regained his senses she had been killed. When the Orcs were waylaid by the Haladin of Brethil at the Crossings of Teiglin they killed all their captives, nailing Finduilas to a tree with a spear. The Haladin buried her in a mound they called Haudh-en-Elleth ("Mound of the Elf-maiden").

Genealogy

          Finarfin = Eärwen
                   |
    _______________|__________________________
   |         |                    |           |
   |         |                    |           |
Finrod    Angrod = Eldalôtë     Aegnor    Galadriel
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              Orodreth
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          _______|________
         |                |
         |                |
      Gil-galad       FINDUILAS

See Also