Ilwen

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Ilwen
Vanya
Biographical Information
LanguageVanyarin
BirthBetween Y.T. 1050 and 1102
Cuiviénen
Family
SpouseIngwë
ChildrenUnnamed children, including Ingwion
Physical Description
GenderFemale

Ilwen was the wife of Ingwë, King of the Vanyar.

History[edit]

Ilwen was born at Cuiviénen, likely to the more junior generations of the Minyar. She wed Ingwë, who was a direct male-line descendant of Imin, from eldest son to eldest son. The couple were wed and had several children at Cuiviénen by the time Oromë found the Quendi and invited them to Aman.[1]

Ilwen probably accompanied Ingwë and the rest of the Vanyar to Valinor, as it is said that Ingwë begat many children in the bliss of Aman, as noted by Finwë when he complained to the Valar about his widowhood following the death of Míriel.[2]

Etymology[edit]

According to Eldamo, the name Ilwen seems to be in Quenya, but its meaning is unclear.[3]

Genealogy[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imin
awoke in Y.T. 1050
 
Iminyë
awoke in Y.T. 1050
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ilion
b. Y.T.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
father
 
unknown
mother
 
Ingwë
b. Y.T.
 
ILWEN
b. Y.T.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Míriel
d. Y.T. 1170
 
Finwë
d. Y.T. 1495
 
Indis
b. Y.T.
 
 
Ingwion
b. Y.T.
 
 
 
unknown
children
 
 

Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

In The Nature of Middle-earth, Indis (the second wife of Finwë) is a daughter of Ingwë and Ilwen, and a sister of Ingwion (in the text called Ingwil).[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part One. Time and Ageing: XVII. Generational Schemes", p. 128
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Three. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: (II) The Second Phase: The Earliest Version of the Story of Finwë and Míriel", p. 206
  3. Paul Strack, "Q. Ilwen f.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 23 March 2022)