Findegil

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Findegil
Gondorian
Biographical Information
PositionKing's Writer
LocationGondor
LanguageWestron
BirthEarly Fourth Age
Physical Description
GenderMale

Findegil was the King's Writer of Gondor in the Fourth Age.

History[edit]

Findegil presumably served under the Kingship of Eldarion[1] in the Fourth Age.

In Fo.A. 172, Findegil wrote a copy of the Thain's Book for the Thain of the Shire, probably at the request of Peregrin Took's great-grandson. This copy was the only one to include Bilbo's complete 'Translations from the Elvish', which Bilbo had composed while at Rivendell during his 'retirement' there.[2]

Etymology[edit]

The character is described as "King's Writer", but the exact meaning of the name is unglossed, although it is clearly Sindarin. David Salo suggests the first element could be find ("hair"),[3] and Paul Strack suggests the last one could be lenited tegil ("pen").[4]

References

  1. The year of Eldarion's death is not recorded, but he would have been at most 171 years old and reigned 52 years when Findegil appears in the records.
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Note on the Shire Records", pp. 14-15
  3. David Salo (2004), A Gateway to Sindarin, p. 349
  4. Paul Strack, "S. Findegil m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 16 August 2020)