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Olwë in Beleriand
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of the Teleri/Alqualondë
BirthFirstborn at Cuiviénen[source?]
DeathDid not die
ChildrenEärwen, possibly Celeborn
Physical Description
Hair colorWhite
Eye colorBlue
GalleryImages of Olwë

Olwë was king of the Teleri in Aman, also known as the Falmari. He was younger brother of Elwë, King of the Sindar. He may have had a second brother, Elmo.

Elwë and Olwë were both lords of the third clan of the Elves, the later Teleri, and together they lead their people from Cuiviénen to the West:

"Two lords they had, for their numbers were very great: Elwë Singollo, which signifies Greymantle, and Olwë his brother. The hair of Olwë was long and white, and his eyes were blue; but the hair of Elwë was grey as silver, and his eyes were as stars; he was the tallest of all the Elven-folk."
― "Of the Coming of the Elves"[1]

However, during a long wait in Beleriand Elwë disappeared. After years of searching, Olwë grew impatient, and led the greater part of the Teleri to Valinor, on the insistence of the Vala Ulmo.

Olwë became Lord of the island of Tol Eressëa, where the Teleri built a great number of cities, and grew in number. When they finally came to Eldamar some centuries later, Olwë became king of Alqualondë. His daughter Eärwen married Finarfin son of Finwë and later King of the Noldor in Valinor. Besides Eärwen, Olwë had several sons. Celeborn may have been his son or grandson.


           |               |                 |
Melian = Elwë             OLWË             Elmo
       |                   |
       |              _____|___________
    Luthien          |                 |
                     |                 |
                  Eärwen = Finarfin   sons
         |          |          |        |
         |          |          |        |
       Finrod    Angrod     Aegnor   Galadriel


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Morgoth's Ring, "Of the Coming of the Elves", page 163