Noldorin Elf. Awoke together with the other firstborn by Cuivienen. Killed by Morgoth in Valinorean Year 1495.
Together with Ingwë and Elwë, Finwë was chosen by Oromë to travel with him to Valinor and speak to the Valar as ambassadors for the Elves that awoke at Cuivienen. Therefore, Finwë was the First of the Noldor to see the Light of the Two Trees of the Valinor.
Finwë later became the First High King of the Noldor, and ruled in Tirion. He married Míriel Serindë, and from them was born Fëanor in Valinorean Year 1179. Míriel spent much of her spirit in giving life to Fëanor, and she abandoned her body the following year. Because of that, Finwë was the first among elves to experience sorrow.
As Míriel had abandoned her body and refused to return to it, Finwë was caught in a dilemma. On the one hand, his wife was not really dead. On the other, she wasn't alive either. Finally, because of his desire to marry Indis of the Vanyar, Finwë brought this problem before the Valar. And in 1182, Mandos proclaimed the Doom concerning the espousal of the Eldar, which can be found in Laws and Customs among the Eldar.
In V.Y. 1182, Finwë married Indis. Together they got two sons: Fingolfin (1190) and Finarfin (1230). Nevertheless, Finwë always loved Fëanor more than the sons of Indis.
The wedding of his father and Indis did not please Fëanor, and some said that if Finwë had endured his loss, then many of the choices of Fëanor would have been different.
In V.Y. 1490, Fëanor was banished from Tirion for twenty years, having broken the peace of Aman. When he left for Formenos with his sons, Finwë went with him because of the love that he felt for his son, and also because he claimed to have been unkinged when Fëanor was under a ban and was not allowed to go to Tirion.
It was five years later at Formenos that Finwë became the first of the Children of Ilúvatar to die, when he was slain by Morgoth.
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