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This article is about the Lord of Gondolin. For the the Steward of Gondor, see Turgon (Steward of Gondor).
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"Turgon, Idril, and Maeglin together" by Catherine Karina Chmiel
Biographical Information
Other namesTurukáno
TitlesHigh King of the Noldor,
King of Gondolin
LanguageQuenya, Sindarin
BirthY.T. 1300
RuleF.A. 472 - 510 (High King)
F.A. 116 - 510 (Gondolin)
DeathF.A. 510 (aged 2,426[note 1])
Fall of Gondolin
HouseHouse of Fingolfin
ParentageFingolfin and Anairë
SiblingsFingon, Aredhel and Argon
ChildrenIdril Celebrindal
Physical Description
HeightTaller than all but Thingol[1]
GalleryImages of Turgon
Turgon (S, pron. [ˈtʊrɡɔn]) was an Elven king of the Noldor, second son of Fingolfin, brother to Fingon, Aredhel and Argon. He was lord of the Elves of Nevrast, and later of the hidden city of Gondolin.

He is described as tall, wearing white with a gold belt and a crown of garnets, holding the Staff of Doom in his hand. He was often called "the Wise".


[edit] History

Marya Filatova - Turukáno and Elenwe
Glamdring by Audrey Corman

Although Turgon was originally against the departure of the Ñoldor from Aman, he eventually did set out on the journey. After Fëanor and his sons departed using the only ships, he took his people across the dangerous Helcaraxë with his father Fingolfin. He lost his wife Elenwë in the crossing and settled at Vinyamar in Nevrast.

When he journeyed with his cousin Finrod Felagund along Sirion, Ulmo sent both of them a dream to look for a hidden place where they could be safe from the power of Morgoth. Then in the following year Ulmo appeared directly to Turgon and guided him to the vale of Tumladen in the Encircling Mountains. Initially, Turgon left Tumladen and returned to Vinyamar, keeping his discovery a secret for many years. After the Dagor Aglareb, Turgon began once again to feel the restlessness set in his heart by Ulmo, and his thought turned to Tumladen. He secretly moved many of the most skilled Ñoldor to the valley, and had them build Gondolin. When it was completed, he abandoned Vinyamar with his people and led them to Tumladen in secret, hidden by the power of Ulmo. Before leaving, however, and following Ulmo's prophecy, he left in Vinyamar a sword, mail and helm for one who would come in the hour of direst need of the Noldor and deliver hope. [2]

In Gondolin, Turgon ruled with the Staff of Doom in his right hand, and a coronet of garnets upon his head. At his side was Glamdring[3].

Turgon and his people remained isolated in Gondolin for many years with his daughter Idril, who married Tuor after the man found the secret way and discovered the city.

Turgon reemerged with his host during the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, and although the battle was still lost, his intervention prevented the rout from completely destroying the armies of the Ñoldor and their allies. He was killed at Gondolin's fall, when his tower fell down over his head.

[edit] Genealogy

d. Y.T. 1170
d. Y.T. 1495
b. Y.T.
Y.T. 1169 - 1497
b. Y.T.
Y.T. 1190 - F.A. 456
b. Y.T.
b. Y.T.
b. Y.T. 1230
d. F.A. 472
Y.T. 1300 - F.A. 510
d. Y.T. 1500
Y.T. 1362 - F.A. 400
d. F.A. 400
d. F.A. 1
b. F.A. 472
b. Y.T.
F.A. 320 - 510
b. F.A. 503

[edit] Etymology

Turgon is the Sindarised version of his Quenya father-name, Turukáno. The latter contains the element káno ("commander").[4]

[edit] See also

House of Fingolfin
Born: Y.T. 1300 Died: F.A. 510
Position created
King of Gondolin
F.A. 116 - F.A. 510
Gondolin destroyed
Preceded by:
High King of the Noldor
F.A. 472F.A. 510
Followed by:


  1. Years of the Sun. Each Year of the Tree is equal to 9.582 Years of the Sun, and the Years of the Trees ended in the year 1500. So, 510 + 9.582 x 200 = 2,426.


  1. 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 Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Noldor in Beleriand"
  3. It was said in the Hobbit that it once belonged to the King of Gondolin
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", "The names of Finwë's descendants", p. 345