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This article is about the Lord of Gondolin. For the the Steward of Gondor, see Turgon.
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Biographical Information
TitlesHigh King of the Noldor, King of Gondolin
Birthc. Years of the Trees 1300, Tirion
DeathF.A. 510, the Fall of Gondolin (aged Around 2,430)
ParentageFingolfin and Anairë
ChildrenIdril Celebrindal
Physical Description
Hair colorDark
GalleryImages of Turgon

Turgon (S, pron. [ˈturɡon]) was an Elven king of the Noldor, second son of Fingolfin, brother to Fingon, Aredhel and Argon, and ruler of the hidden city of Gondolin.

He is described as tall, wearing white with a gold belt and a crown of garnets, holding the Staff of Doom in his hand. He was often called "the Wise".



Although Turgon was originally against the departure of the Ñoldor from Aman, he eventually did set out on the journey. After Fëanor and his sons departed using the only ships, he took his people across the dangerous Helcaraxë with his father Fingolfin. He lost his wife Elenwë in the crossing and settled at Vinyamar in Nevrast.

When he journeyed with his cousin Finrod Felagund along Sirion, Ulmo sent both of them a dream to look for a hidden place where they could be safe from the power of Morgoth. Then in the following year Ulmo appeared directly to Turgon and guided him to the vale of Tumladen in the Encircling Mountains, to which Turgon later secretly moved with many of the Ñoldor, deserting Nevrast, and built Gondolin, where he ruled with the Staff of Doom in his right hand, and a coronet of garnets upon his head. At his side was Glamdring, for it was said in the Hobbit that it once belonged to the King of Gondolin.

Turgon and his people remained isolated in Gondolin for many years with his daughter Idril, who married Tuor after the man found the secret way and discovered the city.

Turgon reemerged with his host during the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, and although the battle was still lost, his intervention prevented the rout from completely destroying the armies of the Ñoldor and their allies. He was killed at Gondolin's fall, when his tower fell down over his head.


His name is the Sindarin form of his Quenya title Turukáno (pron. [ˌturuˈkaːno]), which means something like "Ruling Lord". His father-name was Sarafinwë (pron. [ˌsaraˈfinwe]), "Wise Finwë".[source?]

See also

Preceded by:
5th High King of the Noldor
F.A. 472510
Followed by:
Ereinion Gil-galad