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Fingolfin

The second son of Finw and the elder of the two children borne to him by Indis of the Vanyar.

Brother of Finarfin and half-brother of Fanor, Fingolfin played a prominent role in the Rebellion of the Noldor, holding true to the vow he had made to Fanor before the Valar.

Half-brother in blood, full brother in heart will I be. Thou shalt lead and I will follow. May no new grief divide us.

Sadly, it was not to be, as the Quenta Silmarillion relates.

Fingolfin sired three children who were to play great parts in the War of the Jewels for good or for ill. These being Fingon, Turgon and Aredhel. His eldest son Fingon succeeding him to the Kingship after his death in single combat with the Dark Lord Melkor before the gates of Angband.

Notes on the Naming of Fingolfin

The name Fingolfin is Sindarin in sound, but without meaning in that language. The Noldor generally picked one of their names to be given Sindarin shape after their exile, and Fingolfin's name was among the first to be converted. The name comes from the Quenya name Finw olofinw. olofinw, Wise-Finw, being the name given to Fingolfin by his father. After his father's death and before reaching Middle-earth, olofinw prefixed Finw to the name along with his claim to be chieftain over all the Noldor.


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