This article is about the Princess of Nargothrond. For the Lady of Dol Amroth, see Finduilas of Dol Amroth.

Finduilas was a Ñoldor Elf princess of the First Age, daughter of Orodreth, ruler of the hidden realm of Nargothrond, niece of Galadriel and sister of Gil-galad.


Melkoron - Finduilas in Nargothrond

Finduilas in Nargothrond, by Melkoron

Finduilas was the daughter of Orodreth and his unnamed wife, a lady of the Northern Sindar.[2] Her date of birth and birthplace are unknown.[note 1] She was betrothed to Gwindor, who named her Faelivrin.[3][4]

In 472 of the First Age [1], Gwindor was captured during the Nírnaeth Arnoediad by Morgoth, and when he returned in FA 490 he came with a companion who called himself Agarwaen son of Umarth (the Bloodstained, son of Ill-Fate). Unbeknownst to Finduilas, this was actually Túrin, son of Húrin. Despite her old feelings for Gwindor, Finduilas fell in love with Túrin, but Túrin refused her in respect for his friend. Gwindor realized this, and revealed Túrin's name to Finduilas and tried to let Túrin fall in love with Finduilas, since he realized Finduilas loved Túrin instead of him.[3][4]

After the failure of the Battle of Tumhalad, Glaurung and an army of Orcs sacked Nargothrond. Gwindor was slain and when Túrin returned to Nargothrond he was caught in a trance by the dragon who spoke to him of his kin in Hithlum, rendering him deaf to the cries of Finduilas as a party of Orcs dragged her past him as a captive intended for Angband.[5]

Glaurung's deceit caused Túrin to abandon Finduilas and instead go to Hithlum in search of his kin. By the time he finally went to search for Finduilas she was dead, for she had been killed when the Orcs guarding her were waylaid by the Haladin of Brethil at the Crossings of Taeglin. Before their defeat the Orcs had killed all their captives, nailing Finduilas to a tree with a spear. The people of Haladin buried her in a mound they called Haudh-en-Elleth, Mound of the Elf Maiden.[3][6][7]


Finduilas comes from the Sindarin elements fin ("hair"), a common prefix in the House of Finwë [8]duil, which may have come from the ethuil ("spring"), and las ("leaf").

Her epessë Faelivrin means "Gleam of the Sun on the Pools of Ivrin" from the Sindarin fael ("gleam, brilliance").

House of Finarfin

House of Finarfin


Being the child of Orodreth, Finduilas had both the blood of the Ñoldor and the Falmari, the Teleri of Aman, and belonged to both the House of Finarfin and the House of Olwë.

Other versions of the legendarium

In The Silmarillion, her father Orodreth was the son of Finarfin, thus making Finduilas Finarfin's granddaughter, instead of his great-granddaughter in later writings. In Tolkien's final decision for their family tree, Gil-galad was made Orodreth's son and Finduilas's brother.[2]


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ፊንዱኢላስ
Armenian Ֆինդւիլաս
Arabic فيندويلاس
Belarusian Cyrillic Фіндуілас
Bengali ফিন্দাইলাস
Bulgarian Cyrillic Финдуилас
Chinese (Hong Kong) 芬朵拉絲
Greek Φιντούιλας
Gujarati ફીન્દ્વઝલસ
Hebrew פינדואילאס
Hindi फ़िन्दुइलस
Japanese フィンドゥイラス
Kazakh Фіндұілас (Cyrillic) Finduilas (Latin)
Korean 핀두일라스
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Финдуилас
Macedonian Cyrillic Финдуилас
Mongolian Cyrillic Финдуилас
Nepalese फ़िन्दुइलस
Pashto فیندویلاس
Persian فیندویلاس
Punjabi ਫੰਡੂਲਾਸ
Russian Финдуилас
Serbian Финдуилас (Cyrillic) Finduilas (Latin)
Sinhalese ෆිඳුඉලස්
Tajik Cyrillic Финдуилас
Tamil பின்துகிலாஸ்
Telugu ఫిండుఇలస్
Ukrainian Cyrillic Фіндуілас
Urdu فیندویلاس
Uzbek Финдуилас (Cyrillic) Finduilas (Latin)
Yiddish פֿינדוילאַס


  1. 1.0 1.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XI: The War of the Jewels, Part One: The Grey Annals
  2. 2.0 2.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, chapter XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", The parentage of Gil-galad
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXI: "Of Túrin Turambar"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, Chapter X: "Túrin in Nargothrond"
  5. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, Chapter XI: "The Fall of Nargothrond"
  6. Unfinished Tales, Part One: The First Age, II: "Narn i Chîn Húrin" (The Tale of the Children of Húrin)
  7. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, Chapter XIII: "The Coming of Túrin into Brethil"
  8. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, chapter XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"


  1. It is possible that she lived with her father in Minas Tirith around FA 60 and later fled with him to Nargothrond.
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