Fíriel (The Lost Road)

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The name Fíriel refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Fíriel (disambiguation).
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Fíriel was the daughter of Orontor of Númenor according to the early version of the legendarium in The Lost Road.

History[edit | edit source]

She was a fair Númenórean maiden of the household of Elendil. While Elendil and his son Herendil were approaching their house, they heard Fíriel sing a sad song from a high window in the Eressëan tongue that Elendil and Herendil heard the first two lines of, beginning with "Ilu Ilúvatar en káre" ("The Father made the World")[1][2] and going until her voice fell into the question "O Ilúvatar, give me in that day beyond the end, when my Sun faileth?" Then Elendil said "E man antaváro? What will he give indeed?" Herendil complained, saying that she should not be singing such things, as people in Númenor were now singing that Melko would come back and give them the Sun forever, but his father despised those words.[3]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Fíriel is only glossed in The Etymologies as a Noldorin name of Lúthien, meaning "Mortal Maiden", from feir ("mortal"), and -iel ("daughter").[4]

Other versions of the legendarium[edit | edit source]

While Tolkien eventually discarded the character of Fíriel, the name would later be used for other characters within the legendarium.

See also[edit | edit source]