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Biographical Information
Other namesItarillë (Q, fn),
Celebrindal (S, epessë)
TitlesPrincess of Gondolin
LanguageQuenya and Sindarin
BirthDuring Years of the Trees
DeathSailed West, F.A. 525
HouseHouse of Fingolfin
ParentageElenwë and Turgon
Physical Description
Hair colorGolden
SteedEärrámë (ship)
GalleryImages of Idril

Idril Celebrindal was the daughter of King Turgon of Gondolin and Elenwë, the wife of Tuor, and the mother of Eärendil the Mariner.

Of the Noldor who returned to Middle-earth documented to have Vanyarin ancestry, Idril has the most, being five-eighths Vanyarin by ancestry. Her full-Vanyarin mother Elenwë fell during the crossing at Helcaraxë, and so did not step foot in Middle-earth. Idril's son Eärendil is also documented the most heavily Vanyarin of the Half-elven, being five-sixteenths Vanyarin by ancestry.


Idril Celebrindal's device, depicting a menelluin, with 12 points

Idril Celebrindal was the only child of Turgon. She participated in the Flight of the Noldor, and in the Helcaraxë almost lost her life falling through the ice with several others, but Turgon saved her, though he lost his wife Elenwë. Together with Angrod's son Orodreth she was one of the two Noldor in the third generation to come into exile. Idril was loved in secret by her cousin Maeglin, the son of Eöl the Dark Elf and Aredhel, Turgon's sister, but she scorned his advances because of his dark character, and the fact they were too closely related.

When Tuor, son of Huor arrived in Gondolin, Idril fell in love with him. Because Turgon had grown to love Tuor as a son (as he had his father before), and remembering the last words of Huor, he allowed Idril and Tuor to wed, thus bringing about the second union of the Eldar and Edain, after Beren and Lúthien. Idril encouraged Tuor to build the secret passage known as Idril's Secret Way, and thus enabled many to escape the Fall of Gondolin. In Gondolin she had a son, Eärendil.

After the fall of Gondolin, Idril and Tuor became leaders of the exiles at the Havens of Sirion, where they also received Elwing daughter of Dior son of Beren and Lúthien.

When Tuor grew old he departed in his ship for the West, and Idril went with him. It is believed by the Elves and Dúnedain that Idril and Tuor arrived in Valinor, bypassing the Ban of the Valar, and that Tuor became reckoned in the kindred of the Elves, so that they both live in Valinor.


The name Idril is the Sindarin form of her Quenya name Itarildë (or Itarillë), which means "Sparkling Brilliance".

She was called Celebrindal, "Silver-foot", because she always went barefoot.

See also