|Other names||Findekáno (Q, fn)|
|Titles||High King of the Noldor|
|Language||Quenya and Sindarin|
|Birth||During Years of the Trees |
|Rule||F.A. 455 - 472|
|Death||F.A. 472 |
Anfauglith in Nirnaeth Arnoediad
|House||House of Fingolfin|
|Parentage||Fingolfin & Anairë|
|Siblings||Turgon, Aredhel and Argon|
|Gallery||Images of Fingon|
Fingon (S, pron. [ˈfiŋɡon]; Years of the Trees 1280 – First Age 472, aged approx. 2,580 years), called 'the Valiant' by Maedhros, was a High King of the Noldor in Beleriand during the First Age. He was the eldest son of Fingolfin, older brother of Turgon, Aredhel, and Argon.
Fingon went with his father and people from Aman to Middle-earth at the beginning of the First Age. He achieved renown soon after for his daring rescue of Maedhros from Thangorodrim. Fingolfin gave Fingon a domain in Dor-lómin, in the west of Hithlum, where he did good service during the Siege of Angband; defeating Orcs that attempted to go around to the north and attack Hithlum from the west, and then later the first to fight against the Dragon Glaurung when he first came forth from Angband.
Fingon became High King when Fingolfin died fighting Morgoth after the Dagor Bragollach ("Battle of Sudden Flame"). Seven years later, Morgoth's forces invaded Hithlum, and Fingon was hard-pressed and outnumbered, but rescued by Círdan and his people of the Falas, who came up the Firth of Drengist in their ships.
Turgon became by right the High King of the Noldor, although after the battle he returned to the secrecy of Gondolin.
Other Versions of the Legendarium
In the published The Silmarillion Fingon was the father of Gil-galad, but this was an editorial mistake by Christopher Tolkien, and is said "to have no wife or children". Argon does not appear in the published Silmarillion at all.
Fingon's father-name was Findekáno (Q: "Hair Commander". Fingon is the Sindarin version of his father-name. We are not told what the translation of the name is, but "fin" has always meant hair - Glorfindel, Finglas. The element [[kano] means commander, as stated in the Silmarillion Appendix of Names. Note that as the name is Sindarinized, the translation from Fingon to Hair Commander is incorrect. If properly taken as a Sindarin word, Fingon will mean "Stone Hair" ("fin" - hair and "gon(d)" - stone.
|4th High King of the Noldor