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{{youmay|the mother of [[Fëanor]]|[[Tar-Míriel]], last queen of [[Númenor]]}}
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'''Míriel Serindë''', also spelled '''Þerindë''', was the first wife of [[Finwë]], [[King of the Noldor]]. Her son was ''Curufinwë'', whom she called [[Fëanor|Fëanáro]], which means "Spirit of Fire". Miriel's hair was described as being silver in appearance, an unusual color for one of the [[Noldor]].
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<center>{{quote|Míriel was the name of his mother, who was called Serindë, because of her surpassing skill in weaving and needlework; for her hands were more skilled to fineness than any hands even among the Noldor.|''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor ]]}}</center>
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'''Míriel Serindë''' ([[Quenya|Q]], pron. {{IPA|[ˈmiːri.el seˈrinde]}}), also spelled '''Þerindë''' (pron. {{IPA|[θeˈrinde]}}), was the first wife of [[Finwë]], [[King of the Noldor]]. Her son was ''[[Curufinwë]]'', whom she called [[Fëanor|Fëanáro]], which means "Spirit of Fire". Miriel's hair was described as being silver in appearance, an unusual color for one of the [[Noldor]].
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
After giving birth to Fëanor she wished to die, saying that the birth had taken much of strength and spirit. Her [[Fëa and hröa|fëa]] departed from her body, and she entered the [[Halls of Mandos]]. In essense, she had died of free will. This was seen as a shocking event by the [[Valar]], and [[Manwë]] allowed Finwë to take another wife.
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Míriel lived in the blessed realm of [[Aman]], in the hill city of [[Tirion]] on [[Tuna]], together with her husband [[Finwe]] High King of the [[Noldor]]. Her hands were skilled in the shaping of fine things, and she was unsurpassed in weaving and needlework.
  
After Finwë had been killed, Míriel was granted permission to return to life, where she entered the service of [[Vairë]], her task to weave all the deeds of the [[House of Finwë]] in the [[Tapestry of Time]].
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There was much love between Miriel and Finwë, and even more for her son, but after giving birth to [[Fëanor]] in {{YT|1169}}<ref name="Fourth">{{MR|P3II2}}, p. 205</ref>, her body and her spirit were consumed and she wished to be released from life everlasting, saying that there was no strength left in her to bear another son. Despite Finwë's grief, and her unhappiness to abandon her young child, Míriel departed for the gardens of [[Irmo|Lórien]], to rest and regain her strength and vigour. But during her rest, the [[Fëa and hröa|fëa]] departed from her body, and entered the [[Halls of Mandos]] leaving her body laying lifeless and still in {{YT|1170}}<ref name="Fourth"/>. Maidens of [[Estë]] took care of her body while her spirit remained in the Halls Of Mandos, so that it would not whither. In essence, she had died of free will. This was seen as a shocking event by the [[Valar]] and [[Eldar]] which had never before occurred. [[Manwë]] allowed Finwë to take another wife given these exceptional circumstances.<ref name="Feanor">{{S|Feanor}}</ref>
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After the death of Finwë, Míriel was granted permission to return to life, where she entered the service of [[Vairë]], her task to record all the deeds of the [[House of Finwë]].<ref>{{MR|P3II2}}, p. 207</ref>
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
The name '''Míriel''' means "Jewel-daughter" in [[Quenya]], from ''[[mîr]]'' ("jewel") and ''[[-iel]]'' ("daughter"). Her ''[[epessë]]'' '''[[Serindë]]''', or '''Þerindë''' in the [[Quenya]] of [[Tirion]], means "the Broideress", referring to her work for Vairë.   
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The name '''Míriel''' means "Jewel-daughter" in [[Quenya]], from ''[[mír]]'' ("jewel") and ''[[-iel]]'' ("daughter"). Her ''[[epessë]]'' '''[[Serindë]]''', or '''Þerindë''' in the [[Quenya]] of [[Tirion]], means "the Broideress", referring to her work for Vairë.   
  
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
In the beginning of ''[[The Shibboleth of Fëanor]]'', Fëanor is an adult, and Míriel is still alive. There the similarities between mother and son, such as their stubborness, are revealed. Fëanor's reaction to his mother's death is also presented, as he guarded her [[Fëa and hröa|hröa]], which was placed in a garden, for some time after her passing. In the  published ''[[Silmarillion]]'', Míriel died soon after birth.
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In the beginning of ''[[The Shibboleth of Fëanor]]'', Fëanor is an adult, and Míriel is still alive. There the similarities between mother and son, such as their stubbornness, are revealed. Fëanor's reaction to his mother's death is also presented, as he guarded her [[Fëa and hröa|hröa]], which was placed in a garden, for some time after her passing.<ref>{{PM|Case}}</ref> In the  published ''[[The Silmarillion|Silmarillion]]'', Míriel died soon after birth.<ref name="Feanor"/>
  
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==References==
 
 
* ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië]]
 
* ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor]]
 
* ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]'', [[The Shibboleth of Feanor]]
 
 
 
==See Also==
 
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* [[:Category:Images of Míriel|Images of Míriel Serindë]]
  
* [[:Category:Images of Míriel Serindë|Images of Míriel Serindë]]
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The name Míriel refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Míriel (disambiguation).
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Míriel
Noldo
Biographical Information
Other namesSerindë (Q, "Broideress")
TitlesQueen of the Noldor
LocationTirion
LanguageCommon Eldarin
and Quenya
DeathY.T. 1170
Gardens of Lórien
(Returned to life after Y.T. 1495)
Family
HouseHouse of Finwë (by marriage)
SpouseFinwë
ChildrenFëanor
Physical Description
GenderFemale
Hair colorSilver[1]
Eye colorDark[1]
"Míriel was the name of his mother, who was called Serindë, because of her surpassing skill in weaving and needlework; for her hands were more skilled to fineness than any hands even among the Noldor."
The Silmarillion, Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor

Míriel Serindë (Q, pron. [ˈmiːri.el seˈrinde]), also spelled Þerindë (pron. [θeˈrinde]), was the first wife of Finwë, King of the Noldor. Her son was Curufinwë, whom she called Fëanáro, which means "Spirit of Fire". Miriel's hair was described as being silver in appearance, an unusual color for one of the Noldor.

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History

Míriel lived in the blessed realm of Aman, in the hill city of Tirion on Tuna, together with her husband Finwe High King of the Noldor. Her hands were skilled in the shaping of fine things, and she was unsurpassed in weaving and needlework.

There was much love between Miriel and Finwë, and even more for her son, but after giving birth to Fëanor in Y.T. 1169[2], her body and her spirit were consumed and she wished to be released from life everlasting, saying that there was no strength left in her to bear another son. Despite Finwë's grief, and her unhappiness to abandon her young child, Míriel departed for the gardens of Lórien, to rest and regain her strength and vigour. But during her rest, the fëa departed from her body, and entered the Halls of Mandos leaving her body laying lifeless and still in Y.T. 1170[2]. Maidens of Estë took care of her body while her spirit remained in the Halls Of Mandos, so that it would not whither. In essence, she had died of free will. This was seen as a shocking event by the Valar and Eldar which had never before occurred. Manwë allowed Finwë to take another wife given these exceptional circumstances.[3]

After the death of Finwë, Míriel was granted permission to return to life, where she entered the service of Vairë, her task to record all the deeds of the House of Finwë.[4]

Etymology

The name Míriel means "Jewel-daughter" in Quenya, from mír ("jewel") and -iel ("daughter"). Her epessë Serindë, or Þerindë in the Quenya of Tirion, means "the Broideress", referring to her work for Vairë.

Other versions of the legendarium

In the beginning of The Shibboleth of Fëanor, Fëanor is an adult, and Míriel is still alive. There the similarities between mother and son, such as their stubbornness, are revealed. Fëanor's reaction to his mother's death is also presented, as he guarded her hröa, which was placed in a garden, for some time after her passing.[5] In the published Silmarillion, Míriel died soon after birth.[3]

Genealogy

Names shown in italics are females.

Mahtan
 
MÍRIEL
 
Finwë
 
Indis
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nerdanel
 
 
 
Fëanor
 
Findis
 
Fingolfin
 
Írimë
 
Finarfin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maedhros
 
Maglor
 
Celegorm
 
Caranthir
 
Curufin
 
Amrod
 
Amras
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Celebrimbor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

See Also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Three. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: (I) The First Phase: 6. Of the Silmarils and the Darkening of Valinor", p. 185
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Three. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: (II) The Second Phase: The Earliest Version of the Story of Finwë and Míriel", p. 205
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Three. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: (II) The Second Phase: The Earliest Version of the Story of Finwë and Míriel", p. 207
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", "The case of the Quenya change of Þ to s"