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This article is about the Elf of Gondolin. For the first Ruling Steward of Gondor, see Mardil Voronwë.
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Biographical Information
Other namesBronweg
AffiliationHouse of Fingolfin, Tuor
Physical Description
Eye colorSea-grey[1]
ClothingElven-mail with a great cloak[1]
WeaponryShort sword[1]
GalleryImages of Voronwë
Voronwë Aranwion was a mariner of Gondolin.


Voronwë was related to the House of Fingolfin through his father, Aranwë, a nobleman of Gondolin and to Círdan himself through his mother, who was one of the Sindar Elves of Falas.

He was sent by King Turgon to seek a passage to Aman and call on the Valar for aid against Morgoth. He delayed on the road, tarrying in Nan-tathren and because of this he was the final one to embark on the last ship that Círdan The Shipwright, at the request of Turgon, had built for them. After sailing for seven years without reaching the lands in the West, his ship attempted to return to Middle-Earth defeated. In a storm within sight of the coast the ship was wrecked and all save him were drowned. By the grace of Ulmo, Voronwë was saved from the wreck and washed ashore in Nevrast, where he encountered Tuor and led him back to Gondolin as the messenger of Ulmo. During the Fall of Gondolin he was ordered by Tuor to guard Idril. He escaped the sack, and some accounts say that he sailed with Eärendil on his voyages.[1]

Other Versions of the Legendarium

In The Book of Lost Tales the Noldorin form of his name is given as Bronweg. As in later works he is the guide of Tuor, but also the father of Littleheart – a figure that does not recur elsewhere.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "The Fall of Gondolin"