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Curufinwë was the father-name of the Noldorin Elf Fëanor. It consisted on the noun curu ("skill") attached to the name of Finwë.[1]

Fëanor was first called Finwion ("Finwë's son"), but when he soon showed his talent, it was changed to Curufinwë.[2] This name was also given to his son Curufin, whose Sindarin name is a condensed form. The short form was Curvo.[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names", entry "Fëanor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Three. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: (II) The Second Phase: Laws and Customs among the Eldar, Of Naming", p. 217
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XI. The Shibboleth of Fëanor", p. 352