This article is about the the Lady of Dol Amroth. For the High Elf, see Finduilas.

Finduilas was the sister of Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth, the late wife of Denethor II, and the mother of Boromir and Faramir.


Catherine Chmiel - Finduilas

Finduilas, by Catherine Chmiel.

Finduilas of Dol Amroth was the daughter of Prince Adrahil II, and had an older sister Ivriniel in addition to her brother Imrahil.

In TA 2976 of the Third Age, she married much older Denethor II, son of Ecthelion II the Steward of Gondor. A description of Lady Finduilas is given in Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King: "She was a lady of great beauty and gentle heart. Denethor loved her, in his fashion, more dearly than any other, unless it were the elder of the sons that she bore him. But it seemed to men that she withered in the guarded city, as a flower of the seaward vales set upon a barren rock. The shadow in the east filled her with horror, and she turned her eyes ever south to the sea that she missed."

In TA 2978, she gave birth to a son Boromir, who became loved by his father. In TA 2983, she gave birth to her second son, Faramir, and after grew weak. In TA 2984, Ecthelion suddenly died, and Denethor became Steward of Gondor. Her health dwindled and she fell ill, and four years later she died young at the age of only thirty-eight (considering her heritage as a Dúnedain).[2]


Her death greatly affected Denethor and he never remarried, becoming more and more grim and silent than he was before."[2] It was not long after her death that he "would sit long alone in his tower deep in thought, foreseeing that the assault of Mordor would come in his time."[2] Thus he began using the Palantír of Minas Tirith, and the despair fed to his mind led to his ultimate insanity and suicide some thirty-one years later.


Her name originated after Finduilas, an Elf Maiden of the First Age.[3][4] which was a Sindarin word that meant 'Hair- ?'.[5]

House of Dol Amroth

Adrahil II
Denethor II


  1. 1.0 1.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VII: "The Heirs of Elendil"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (iv): "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXI: "Of Túrin Turambar"
  4. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, X: "Túrin in Nargothrond"
  5. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
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