Indis was a Vanyar Elf of Valinor.

She was the niece of Ingwë, the King of the Vanyar and High King of the Elves, for her mother was Ingwë's sister.[2] Indis was known for her great beauty and was thus referred to as Indis the Fair.[1]

Biography Edit

In YT 1185 [3], Indis married Finwë, the High King of the Ñoldor and was his second wife after the death of Míriel Serindë. She bore two sons, Fingolfin and Finarfin, and two daughters, Findis and Irimë. Through Finwë's first marriage, she was the stepmother to Fëanor, his first and only son to Míriel.[4]

Unfortunately, Fëanor harbored very little love for her or her sons which probably contributed to his mistrust of Fingolfin when Melkor began spreading his poisonous lies amongst the Ñoldor.[5][6]

After the death of Finwë and the rebellion of the Ñoldor, Indis and her eldest daughter Findis returned to their people of the Vanyar and dwelt there until Manwë restored Finwë to life. Their second daughter Irimë, however, went into exile with her brother Fingolfin.[7]

The Descendants of Indis Edit

Through her elder son Fingolfin, Indis was the grandmother of Turgon, his second son; and thus she was the great-great-great grandmother of Elrond and Elros, and through Elros, the line of the Dunedain.

Through her younger son Finarfin, Indis was the grandmother of his only daughter the great Lady Galadriel of Lothlórien, thus adjoining Indis to Galadriel's daughter Celebrian as her great grandmother and once more to Celebrian's children, Elladan, Elrohir, and Arwen Undómiel, as their great-great grandmother. Also, in being connected to Arwen in this way, Indis was also distantly related to the Kings of Gondor, as Arwen married King Elessar of Gondor, and produced the heir to the throne, Eldarion.

House of FinwëEdit

House of Finwe


(*Father of Celebrimbor)
(**Father of Orodreth)

Other versions in the legendarium Edit

In earlier texts, she was the sister of Ingwë[2] and referred in The Silmarillion as his close kin.

In other versions, Indis bore five fair children to Finwë, two sons and three daughters (Findis, Faniel, and Finvain).[8]

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዒንዲስ
Arabic ىنديس
Armenian Ինդիս
Belarusian Cyrillic Індзіс
Bengali ইন্ডিজ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Индис
Chinese 茵迪絲
Georgian ინდისი
Greek Ίντις
Gujarati ઈન્ડિસ
Hebrew אינדיס
Hindi इंडिस
Japanese インディス
Kannada ಇಂಡಿಸ್
Kazakh Ындіс (Cyrillic) Indis (Latin)
Korean 인디스
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Индис
Lao ິນດິຊ
Macedonian Cyrillic Индис
Marathi इंडिस
Mongolian Cyrillic Индис
Nepalese इंदिस
Pashto یندیس ?
Persian ایندیس
Russian Индис
Sanskrit ईन्दिस्
Serbian Индис (Cyrillic) Indis (Latin)
Sinhalese ඉන්ඩිස්
Tajik Cyrillic Индис
Tamil இண்டீஸ்
Telugu ఇండీస్
Thai อินดิส
Ukrainian Cyrillic Індіс
Urdu اندیس
Uzbek Индис (Cyrillic) Indis (Latin)
Yiddish ינדיס

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter VI: "Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, chapter XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", Chief names of Finwë and his descendants, Note 53
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. X: Morgoth's Ring, The Annals of Aman
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter V: "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter III: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  6. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  7. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, chapter XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"
  8. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion, The Second Phase, II: "The Earliest Version of the Story of Finwë and Míriel"
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