House of Fingolfin

The Heraldic Device of the House of Fingolfin.

The House of Fingolfin was a royal House of the Ñoldor.

History Edit

Brave Heart - Children of Fingolfin

The Children of Fingolfin, by Brave Heart

The House was founded by Fingolfin son of Finwë during the Years of the Trees. Fingolfin married Anairë and had four children with her: Fingon, Turgon, Aredhel, and Argon.[1] The family lived in Tirion until the Revolt of the Ñoldor in which all members of the House, with the exception of Anairë, followed the House of Fëanor into exile. After the Kinslaying at Alqualondë, Fingolfin led his  House to cross the Helcaraxë in which Turgon's wife Elenwë perished.[2]
The Kingship of the Ñoldor passed over to Fingolfin after Fingon's rescue of Maedhros from Thangorodrim.[3] Thus, the House held the northwestern lands of Beleriand: Nevrast, Dor-lómin, Hithlum, and Gondolin.[4] During the Dagor Bragollach, Fingolfin fell and Fingon took the Kingship, ruling Hithlum until his death during the Nirnaeth Arnoediad.[5] According to the Silmarillion, Turgon later inherited the High Kingship rather than Fingon's son, Gil-Galad, likely because Gil-Galad was very young whereas Turgon had greater experience. Nevertheless, after Turgon's demise in the fall of Gondolin, his nephew Gil-Galad inherited the High Kingship of the Noldor.

After Nirnaeth, Tuor son of Huor arrived in Gondolin and wedded Idril Turgon's daughter. Thus, this was the second union of Elves and Men after Beren and Lúthien. After the Fall of Gondolin in FA 510, the exiles lived at the Mouths of Sirion with the surviving elves of Doriath.[6] Here, Eärendil son of Tuor and Idril wedded Elwing daughter of Dior. They had two sons Elros and Elrond, called the Half-elven, who were given the choice whether to be counted among the Elves or Men.[7] Elrond chose to be of the Firstborn while Elros chose to be counted among the Men and became the first King of Númenor.[8]

House of FingolfinEdit

House of Fingolfin


Other versions of the legendarium Edit

In The Silmarillion, Gil-galad was listed as the son of Fingon. However, this was later corrected by Christopher Tolkien and made Gil-galad the son of Orodreth and member of the House of Finarfin instead.

References Edit

  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIII: "Of the Return of the Noldor"
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIV: "Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVIII: "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  6. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIII: "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin"
  7. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  8. The Silmarillion, Akallabêth (The Downfall of Númenor)
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