Caranthir, also known as Caranthir the Dark,[4] was the fourth son of Fëanor and the harshest and the quickest to anger of his seven brothers.[5]


As with his brothers, Caranthir was bound by an oath to recover his father's Silmarils, which had been stolen by the Dark Lord Morgoth in Aman. This oath took the seven brothers to Middle-earth during the First Age where they established realms in exile, waged war against the armies of Morgoth, fought their own Elvish kind, and eventually brought ruin upon themselves.[6]

Caranthir's realm was in Thargelion in the East Beleriand, and was sometimes called Dor Caranthir (Caranthir's land); his abode was on the shores of Lake Helevorn.[7] Because his realm bordered the great Dwarfish Kingdoms of Nogrod and Belegost in the Blue Mountains, he became very wealthy probably controlling much of the trade coming through the Dwarf-Road.

Haleth and Caranthir

Caranthir meets Haleth

He rescued the Edain lady Haleth and her people, the Haladin, as they were besieged by Orcs. He then saw the bravery and valour of Men, and offered the Haladin settlement in the North, but Haleth, thanking him, refused and left, eventually settling in the Brethil.[8]

In FA 455, after the Dagor Bragollach, Caranthir was forced to flee Thargelion and headed south with his brother Amrod. Two years later, the sons of Ulfang, Uldor, Ulfast and Ulwarth swore allegiance to Caranthir[9] but were faithless later in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad.[10]

Caranthir, along with his brothers Celegorm and Curufin, perished during the Second Kinslaying in Menegroth to recover the Silmarils from Elven King Dior of Doriath.[11]


Caranthir is the Sindarin translation of his mother-name Carnistir ("Red-face") from the Quenya carnë ("red, scarlet").[12] His father-name is Morifinwë ("Dark Finwë")[2] from mor ("Dark").[12]

Other versions of the legendarium

In the earlier versions, Caranthir was called Cranthor [13] and Cranthir.

House of Fëanor

House of Feanor



Foreign Language Translated name
Arabic كارانثير
Armenian Կարանթիր
Belarusian Cyrillic Карантир
Bengali কারান্থির
Bulgarian Cyrillic Карантир
Catalan Carànthir
Chinese (Hong Kong) 卡蘭希爾
Georgian კარატირი
Greek Καράνθιρ
Gujarati કરાન્તિર
Hebrew קאראנתיר
Hindi करनथिर
Japanese カランシア
Kannada ಕಾರಂತಿರ್
Kazakh Карантһір (Cyrillic) Karanthir (Latin)
Korean 카란시르
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Карантhир
Macedonian Cyrillic Карантир
Marathi कारंथीर
Mongolian Cyrillic Карантhир
Nepalese चरन्थिर
Pashto خارانتهیر ?
Persian چارانتهیر
Russian Карантир
Sanskrit चरन्थिर्
Serbian Kарантир (Cyrillic) Karantir (Latin)
Sinhalese කරන්තිර්
Tajik Cyrillic Карантҳир
Tamil சரந்த்ஹிர்
Telugu కరన్థిర
Thai คารันเธียร์
Ukrainian Cyrillic Карантір
Urdu کآرانتیر
Uzbek Карантҳир (Cyrillic) Karanthir (Latin)
Yiddish קאַראַנטהיר


  1. Son of Fëanor, called ‘the Dark’. Tolkien, J.R.R.. Beren and Lúthien (Kindle Locations 3550-3551). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, chapter XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, chapter X: "Of Dwarves and Men"
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter V: "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIII: "Of the Return of the Noldor"
  6. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  7. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIV: "Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  8. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVII: "Of the Coming of Men into the West"
  9. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVIII: "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  10. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XX: "Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  11. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXII: "Of the Ruin of Doriath"
  12. 12.0 12.1 The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  13. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. II: The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, chapter IV: "The Nauglafring"
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