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Gimli was a blind, elderly Ñoldor Elf in the First Age.


Long a captive slave in the stronghold of Tevildo, Gimli possessed an extraordinary power of hearing for which he became famous to the elves of Tol Eressëa in later times.

After Lúthien captured the golden collar of Tevildo, she ordered that all the slaves of Elves and Men that were bound in the tower be released, and brought before her. But only Beren and Gimli still lived. Gimli was an aged Gnome bent in thralldom at this time, and had grown blind, but his hearing had grown keen over time. He walked with a stick, and Beren aided him. They escaped together.

It was said that he had the keenest hearing in all the world, such that songs were sung about it.

Behind the scenes

The Gnomish Lexicon has gimli ‘(sense of) hearing’, with gim-‘hear’, gimriol ‘attentive’ (changed to ‘audible’), gimri ‘hearkening, attention’.

He plays no part in The Tale of Tinúviel or in any other tale, and never reappears. (The Tale was originally part of the The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, but is also the first section of the later publication Beren and Lúthien.)


Foreign Language Translated name
Danish Gimli - elver ("Den hørende")