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Biographical Information
TitlesPrince of Nargothrond
DeathF.A. 495 (aged c. 45)
Battle of Tumhalad
SpouseBetrothed to Finduilas; never married
Physical Description
Hair colorDark

Gwindor was an Elf of Nargothrond.

[edit] History

He was the son of Guilin and a Prince of Nargothrond. He was betrothed to Finduilas the daughter of Orodreth before the Nirnaeth Arnoediad ("Battle of Unnumbered Tears"). His brother was lost during the Dagor Bragollach. Wishing to avenge his loss, he followed Fingon to battle, leading a small company of Elves of Nargothrond stationed at Barad Eithel.

He is credited with beginning the Nirnaeth Arnoediad when the hosts of Morgoth brought his brother and mutilated and slew him. At the sight of Gelmir's mangled corpse, he charged on the plains of Anfauglith. It is said that Morgoth trembled before his ire as he approached, and he reached the Stairs of Angband, but his followers were killed and he was captured and taken inside Angband before he could destroy the dark lord.[1]

Ted Nasmith - Beleg is Slain

He spent fourteen years as a captive slave in the mines of Angband where the strength and beauty of his body was ruined, and he lost a hand. But he escaped and while in Taur-nu-Fuin he was found by Beleg who was looking for his friend Túrin. Gwindor helped Beleg locate the Orc-band that had captred Túrin, and they freed him. But Túrin thought Beleg was an orc and killed him before realizing his mistake. Gwindor consoled Túrin in his grief and led him to Nargothrond.

Túrin was admitted in the Elven realm thanks to Gwindor, but now Gwindor was worn out and did not have the influence he once had before his capture. While Túrin stayed there, he gained much influence among the Elves of Nargothrond and even Finduilas fell in love with him, a fact that Gwindor accepted without bitterness for Túrin. But when Túrin talked about open warfare upon Morgoth's forces, Gwindor could see the incoming doom of Nargothrond approach and counselled against this, only to be ignored. Orodreth the King of Nargothrond built a bridge, which not only revealed the location of Nargothrond, but also the defense of the river Narog was lost.

Indeed, Gwindor was right and Glaurung with a band of Orcs came. The Elves were driven towards the plain of Tumhalad, were most of them, including King Orodreth and Gwindor, were slain in the Battle of Tumhalad. Before dying, he assigned the protection of Finduilas to Túrin, and that she alone could save him from the Curse of Morgoth; however his prophecy did not come to be, as Túrin failed to protect her.[2]

[edit] Etymology

The name is not explained, however in The Etymologies, the name-element -dor (a compounded form of Noldorin taur) has the sense of "king, master".[3]

It has been suggested that the first element of the name could be gwind "pale blue".[4]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Túrin Turambar"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", entry TA, TA3
  4. "Gwindor" , Encyclopedia of Arda (accessed 26 January 2015), citing J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", entry WIN