|Titles||High King of all the Elves;|
King of the Vanyar
|Birth||Y.T. 1050 |
|Parentage||Unknown; possibly Firstborn|
|Gallery||Images of Ingwë|
His name was loaned to the Vanyar, who also called themselves Ingwer.
He was reckoned as High King of all the Elves and his proper title was Ingwë Ingweron, "Chief of the chieftains". He lived in Tirion, in the tower called Mindon Eldaliéva. After the Great March, Ingwë never returned or set eyes upon Middle-earth again. 
Other Versions of the Legendarium
In that early writing Inwë (or Ing) was instead the name of a mortal man, the "King of Lúthien" (also spelled "Leithian" or "Luthany"), who was driven east over the sea by Ossë and became ruler of the ancestors of the Angles, Saxons, Jutes, and Frisians. Eventually the Angles, Saxon, and Jutes returned to Lúthien, now long renamed as Britain.
Tolkien was here adapting traditions about a Germanic ancestral figure named Yngvi (also spelled "Ing", "Ingio", and "Ingui"). He is seen as an eponymous ancestor of the Ingaevones, a people mentioned by Tacitus in his Germania as one of the three divisions of the Germanic tribes. In Scandinavian mythology, Yngvi was the mythological ancestor of the Swedish House of Ynglings and a name for the god Freyr.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §3
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", pp. 361, 398 (roots ING and WEG)
- ↑ Grímnismál 5: "And Álfheim the gods/to Frey once gave"