Amarië

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Amarië
Vanya
Marya Filatova - Amarie of the Vanyar.jpg
"Amarie of the Vanyar" by Marya Filatova
Biographical Information
LocationValinor
LanguageVanyarin
BirthDuring Y.T.
Family
SpouseFinrod (lover)
Physical Description
GenderFemale
GalleryImages of Amarië

Amarië (Q, pron. [aˈmari.e]) was a Vanyarin Elf who was loved by Finrod.

Finrod, son of Finarfin, was a Noldorin prince who met Amarië in Valinor. Although in love with one another, they did not marry, and Amarië did not follow Finrod into exile to Beleriand.[1] According to The Grey Annals, this was because she was not permitted.[2] Following Finrod's death at the hands of Sauron during the Quest for the Silmaril, he was brought back to life and lives with Amarië in Valinor.[3]

Etymology[edit]

The name is not given an interpretation within the legendarium. Helge Fauskanger suggests that this Quenya name is perhaps derived from mára "good".[4]

Another possibility is that the name includes the element mar, "home"[5] Ruth S. Noel makes a similar interpretation and defines Amarië as "Of the Home".[6]

Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

Originally Finrod had a wife named Meril who went into exile and bore the child Gil-galad who were both sent to dwell in the Havens of the Falas for their safety.[7] This was later changed so Finrod had no child - with Gil-galad becoming the son of Orodreth, Finrod's nephew - and Amarië remaining in Aman.[8]

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