|"Amrod and Amras, sons of Feanor" by Jenny Dolfen|
|Other names||Telufinwë (Q, fn)|
Ambarussa (Q, mn)
Minyarussa (Q, epessë)
|Location||Eldamar, East Beleriand|
|Affiliation||Oath of Fëanor, Union of Maedhros|
|Birth||Between Y.T. 1190 and 1362 |
|Death||F.A. 538 |
Third Kinslaying: Havens of Sirion
|House||House of Fëanor|
|Parentage||Fëanor and Nerdanel|
|Siblings||Maedhros, Maglor, Celegorm, Caranthir, Curufin and Amrod (twin)|
|Hair color||Copper red|
|Gallery||Images of Amras|
Amras and his twin brother Amrod were the youngest sons of Fëanor. Through their mother Nerdanel's line, they inherited red hair, instead of Fëanor's dark hair.
He, like his brothers, participated in the Flight of the Noldor. He was deeply attached to his twin brother, and thus they were called "Ambarussa" (see below). They were nearly identical, being alike in both face and mood, but the elder brother, Amrod, had a darker shade of auburn hair after childhood.
After Fëanor's death, he dwelt in the wide plains of East Beleriand, and with his brother, was known as a great hunter. Amras and his elder brother had little direct involvement with the Siege of Angband, but they were present at each kinslaying. If their brothers needed aid or shelter, they supported their brothers. He and his twin died during the attack made by the Sons of Fëanor on the Havens of Sirion in F.A. 538.
Amras' father-name in Quenya was Telufinwë, "Last [of] Finwë", for he was the last of the sons of the House of Finwë, and its short form was Telvo. His mother-name was Ambarussa ("top-russet", referring to his hair). His twin Amrod shared the same mother-name for a time (see Amrod for further information). While in Aman, others called him Minyarussa, which means "First-russa".
The name Amras is the Sindarin version of Ambarussa.
In later notes found in The Peoples of Middle-earth, Tolkien mentions that he wished to change the Sindarin form of Ambarussa to Amros because of linguistic issues.
Other versions of the legendarium
In the draft of the legend of Amrod, after his brother's death in the swan-ship of the Teleri at Losgar, Amras dared speak against his father, and was the last to do so. It should be noted to avoid confusion that in this draft the twins were switched, and Amrod ('Umbarto' or 'Ambarto') was the younger and Amras ('Ambarussa') the elder. In The Silmarillion, Amrod is the elder and Amras is the younger.
- "In the morning the host was mustered, but of Fëanor's seven sons only six were to be found. Then Ambarussa went pale with fear. 'Did you not then rouse Ambarussa my brother (whom you called Ambarto)?' he said. 'He would not come ashore to sleep (he said) in discomfort.' But it is thought (and no doubt Fëanor had guessed this also) that it was in the mind of Ambarto to sail his ship back [?afterwards] and rejoin Nerdanel; for he had been much [?shocked] by the deed of his father. That ship I destroyed first,' said Fëanor (hiding his own dismay). 'Then rightly you gave the name to the youngest of your children,' said Ambarussa, 'And Umbarto "the Fated" was its true form. Fell and fey are you become.' And after that no one dared to speak again to Fëanor of this matter."
- ― The Shibboleth of Fëanor
In earlier stages of development, Amras' name changed a number of times. In The Book of Lost Tales Part Two his name was Díriel, Dinithel and Durithel.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XI. The Shibboleth of Fëanor", "The names of the Sons of Fëanor"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, "From The Shibboleth of Fëanor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 41, July 2000, p. 10
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XI. The Shibboleth of Fëanor", "Notes", note 65
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XII. The Problem of Ros", p. 367
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "IV. The Nauglafring", pp. 241, 245, 251