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Elves of Nargothrond

Elves of Nargothroond
People
General Information
OriginsNoldor
LocationsNargothrond, Minas Tirith, Barad Nimras
LanguagesSindarin
MembersFinrod, Orodreth, Finduilas, Guilin, Gwindor, Gelmir, Edrahil, Ornil
Physical Description
Skin colorWhite

The Elves of Nargothrond were those who followed Finrod Felagund and dwelt under his rule in the underground citadel of Nargothrond on the banks of the River Narog.

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[edit] History

For the most part of the First Age, the Elves of Nargothrond remained hidden and isolated, waging a guerilla war against the forces of Morgoth, ambushing but never assaulting them directly in open warfare. Spies and scouts of Nargothrond guarded Talath Dirnen, the plains between Nargothrond and Doriath.[1]

The realm of Nargothrond extended westward to the Sea and the Elves were allied to the Falathrim. With their help they built ships and some of them explored the Isle of Balar, thinking to prepare it as a last refuge in time of need.[2]

Henning Janssen - Aid on the Fens

However they also participated in major events of the Age, as during Dagor Bragollach, when Finrod and his army came north to stop the onslaught. In that skirmish, they were ambushed at the Fen of Serech but a sortie by Barahir rescued them, and allowed them to retreat. Finrod pledged to Barahir for saving him.[3]

In order to repay this pledge, Finrod and a company of ten Elves of Nargothrond participated also in the Quest for the Silmaril to assist Beren, Leaving Orodreth to rule in his place. These Elves were captured by Sauron in Tol-in-Gaurhoth, and were devoured one by one, including Finrod.[4]

A small army from Nargothrond also joined the Union of Maedhros in order to avenge losses of the previous battle, but Gwindor's premature assault led to the disastrous Nirnaeth Arnoediad.[5]

[edit] Demise

Ted Nasmith - Sack of Nargothrond

After that battle, most of Beleriand was under the power of Angband and there was a massive orc-buildup nearby. Túrin Turambar came to Nargothrond and gained influence among the Elves. Against the counsels of Ulmo, he persuaded the forces of Nargothrond to turn into open war against the Orcs. This led to the disastrous Battle of Tumhalad which all but exterminated the army of Nargothrond, and King Orodreth was killed. Glaurung the Worm led Orcs to the Sack of Nargothrond where all women were taken prisoners, and taken by the Crossings of Teiglin; the Haladin of Brethil came to their rescue in vain; the Orcs managed to kill all their captives.[6]

The fate of any survivors or their descendants is unknown; Nargothrond diappears from history as it remained deserted until the destruction of Beleriand in the War of Wrath,[7] but some members of the House of Finrod lingered in Middle-earth until the Third Age.[8]

[edit] Other versions of the Legendarium

In earlier stages the Elves of Nargothrond were known as Rodothlim or Rothwarin. Their name meant "cavern-dwellers".[9] The leader of those Elves had been always Orodreth.[10]

In Eriol's Old English translations, Nargothrond is referred as Hlydingaburg "City of the Hlydingas".[11]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "Túrin among the Outlaws", p. 110
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Túrin Turambar"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Three is Company"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part II", p. 347
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "Turambar and the Foalókë", p. 82
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "III. The Quenta: Appendix 1: Fragments of a translation of The Quenta Noldorinwa into Old English, made by Ælfwine or Eriol; together with Old English equivalents of Elvish names"