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Biographical Information
TitlesLord of the House of the Mole
BirthFirst Age 320, within Nan Elmoth
Death F.A. 510, The Fall of Gondolin (aged 190 years)
ParentageEöl + Aredhel
Physical Description
Hair colorDark.
GalleryImages of Maeglin
"For it seemed to her a thing strange and crooked in him: an evil fruit of the Kinslaying."
The Silmarillion, Of Maeglin

Maeglin was an Elf, the son of Eöl the Dark Elf and Aredhel daughter of Fingolfin. He lived in the First Age of Middle-earth and was a lord of Gondolin, chief of the House of the Mole. His name means "sharp glance" in Sindarin.



Early History

Aredhel had left Gondolin to wander through Beleriand, and in the woods of Nan Elmoth she met Eöl, and stayed with him, eventually giving birth to Maeglin. At birth, Aredhel gave Maeglin the mother-name of Lómion , meaning "Child of Twilight" in Quenya. Eöl gave his child the father-name Maeglin when he was twelve. When Aredhel left Eöl, she took her son (who stole his father's sword, Anguirel) with her and returned to Gondolin. But Eöl had followed her, and in judgment before Turgon he attempted to kill Maeglin with a poisoned dart, but hit Aredhel instead. She died, and Eöl was cast down to his death from the city walls, under Maeglin's eyes.

He was now an orphan, but Turgon held him in honor, and Maeglin both learned and taught much. He became an elven lord held in high esteem, even leading his own House of the Mole. He found rich lodes of metals in the Echoriath surrounding the city, and forged weapons of steel stronger than had been seen before. His mine in the Echoriath was named Anghabar, Iron-Mine. In the Nirnaeth Arnoediad ("Battle of Unnumbered Tears"), Maeglin refused to remain behind as regent, and went forth to battle with Turgon proving valiant at need, though he was wise in council as well. The seventh and final gate of Gondolin, the Gate of Steel, was Maeglin's creation.

Even though he was one of the mighty of Gondolin, he most desired Turgon's daughter and Maeglin's first cousin Idril. But there was no hope for him, for "the Eldar wedded not with kin so near". More so, Idril perceived an evil coming from him and for as long as Gondolin dwelt, she avoided him. Thus the love inside Maeglin's heart turned to darkness and though he did not had her nor the kingship of Gondolin, he endured it in silence waiting for an opportunity to seize them both.

The Fall of Gondolin

When Tuor came, carrying Ulmo's warning of the danger to Gondolin, Maeglin sat on the right hand of Turgon and argued against Tuor. Tuor's marriage with Idril further incensed Maeglin, who rebelled against Turgon and Tuor. Later, seeking after metals, Maeglin defied Turgon's order to stay within the mountains, and was captured by Orcs and brought to Angband. Morgoth promised both Gondolin and Idril in return for the location of the hidden city, thus luring Maeglin into the greatest treachery done in the Elder Days. He gave him a token that would allegedly keep him safe from the sack.

Maeglin returned to Gondolin saying nothing about his encounter, but many people noticed a change. Most thought it was for the better, though Idril suspected something and began work on Idril's Secret Way. He managed to turn some of the weaker lords, such as Salgant and the roguish to his side. When the hosts of Morgoth surrounded the city, Maeglin counciled Turgon against flight, and because of his place in the King's heart he swayed him to his advantage. As the battle over Gondolin took place, Maeglin tried to kill Eärendil and take Idril for himself. But Tuor caught up with him and they fought upon the walls of the city. Maeglin lost and he was thrown down to his death.




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