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Eärwen

Eärwen
Falmar
Elena Kukanova - The Swan-Maiden of Alqualonde.jpeg
"The Swan-Maiden of Alqualonde" by Elena Kukanova
Biographical Information
LocationAlqualondë
LanguageTelerin
BirthBefore Y.T. 1280
Family
ParentageOlwë
SiblingsUnnamed brothers[note 1][1][2]
SpouseFinarfin
ChildrenFinrod, Angrod, Aegnor, and Galadriel
Physical Description
GenderFemale
Hair colorStarlike silver[3]
GalleryImages of Eärwen

Eärwen (Q "sea-maiden", pron. [eˈarwen]), known as the "swan-maiden of Alqualondë", was the daughter of Olwë, lord of the Teleri.[1]

[edit] History

In Y.T. 1280, she married Finarfin, the great prince of the House of Finwë.[1] She became the mother of Finrod, Angrod, Aegnor, and Galadriel.[note 2][1] Being children of one of the Sea-elves, they had a love of the sea and a longing for distant places, and it was in part due to this inheritance that all five of Eärwen's children chose to return to Middle-earth, exiling themselves from Valinor.[4] Because of their Telerin blood, Eärwen's children were well received in Doriath, the realm of her father's elder brother, Thingol.[5] She was said to be great friends with Anairë, the wife of Fingolfin, her husband's older brother.[6]:344 Eärwen stayed in Aman after the Flight of the Noldor.

[edit] Etymology

Her name means "Maiden of the Sea" in Quenya (from eär = "sea" and -wen = "maiden").

[edit] Genealogy

Míriel
d. Y.T. 1170
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finwë
d. Y.T. 1495
 
Indis
b. Y.T.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Olwë
b. Y.T.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fëanor
Y.T. 1169 - 1497
 
Findis
b. Y.T.
 
Fingolfin
Y.T. 1190 - F.A. 456
 
Írimë
b. Y.T.
 
Finarfin
b. Y.T. 1230
 
 
 
 
 
EÄRWEN
b. Y.T.
 
unknown sons
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finrod
Y.T. 1300 - F.A. 465
 
Angrod
d. F.A. 455
 
Eldalótë
b. Y.T.
 
Aegnor
d. F.A. 455
 
Galadriel
b. Y.T. 1362
 
Celeborn
b. F.A.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orodreth
d. F.A. 495
 
 
 
 
 
Elrond
b. F.A. 532
 
Celebrían
b. S.A.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gil-galad
d. S.A. 3441
 
Finduilas
d. F.A. 495
 
Elladan
b. T.A. 130
 
Elrohir
b. T.A. 130
 
Arwen
T.A. 241 - Fo.A. 121
 

[edit] Notes

  1. She is said to have at least two brothers according to a passing reference in The Silmarillion, whose names are not mentioned in the narrative. According to The Lost Road and Other Writings, one of them is named Elulindo.
  2. Orodreth appears as one of Eärwen's sons in The Silmarillion. In Tolkien's writings, however, he was clearly marked as Angrod's son. Christopher Tolkien, the editor of The Silmarillion, later admitted the mistake.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Appendix: I. The Genealogies"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XI. The Shibboleth of Fëanor", "The case of the Quenya change of Þ to s", p. 336
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names", "Eärwen"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XI. The Shibboleth of Fëanor", "The names of Finwë's descendants"