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Biographical Information
PositionKing's Writer
BirthEarly Fourth Age
Physical Description

Findegil was the King's Writer of Gondor in the Fourth Age.

[edit] History

Findegil presumably served under the Kingship of Eldarion[1] in the Fourth Age.

In Fo.A. 172, Findegil wrote a copy of the Thain's Book for the Thain of the Shire, probably at the request of Peregrin Took's great-grandson. This copy was the only one to include Bilbo's complete Translations from the Elvish, which Bilbo had composed while at Rivendell during his 'retirement' there. [2]

[edit] Etymology

Although the character is described as "King's Writer", the exact meaning of the name is unglossed. David Salo suggests the first element could be find ("hair"),[3] and Paul Strack suggests the last one could be lenited tegil ("pen").[4]


  1. The year of Eldarion's death is not recorded, but he would have been at most 171 years old and reigned 52 years when Findegil appears in the records.
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Note on the Shire Records"
  3. David Salo (2004), A Gateway to Sindarin, p. 349
  4. Paul Strack, "S. Findegil m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 16 August 2020)