Ingwë was the leader of the first Kindred of Elves of the Vanyar tribe, and the uncle of Finwë's wife Indis. His name means "first one, Chief" in Quenya. He was perhaps one of the first twelve elves who awoke in Cuiviénen with Imin, who was the first to awake. He became one of the three elves, with Elwë and Finwë, of the first embassy to Aman.
Ingwë became the first of the Vanyar to travel to Valinor with Oromë. Loving its beauty and bliss, he returned to his people and urged them to undertake a journey to Aman. He and his kin were fascinated with the Valar, and they decided not to return to Middle-earth. They stayed and made Ingwë their king. The Mindon Eldaliéva in Tirion was built in honor of him.
Ingwë was reckoned as High King of all the Eldalië, the Elves of the Great Journey, and because of this he is called Ingwë Ingweron; the "Chief of the Chieftains". He lived in Taniquetil, ruling from beneath Manwë High King of Arda.
Ingwë never set foot on Middle-earth after he began living in Taniquetil. When the Vanyar took up arms in the War of Wrath and followed The Host of Valinor, Ingwë did not join them, but his son Ingwion led the Vanyarin warriors capturing Eglarest in the first battle of the war.
Early versions of the Legendarium
Inwë was an early name for Ingwë and was described as King of all the Eldar of Kôr or King of the Fairies or Lord of the Teleri before it was changed to the Vanyar, who led them to lands of Men or the world. The Gnomes called him Inwithiel. He was also called Isil or Isil Inwë. He had a son named Ingil.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Kazakh||Ынгуе (Cyrillic) Ingwe (Latin)|
|Serbian||Ингве (Cyrillic) Ingve (Latin)|
|Uzbek||Ингве (Cyrillic) Ingve (Latin)|
- The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter III: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
- The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter V: "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
- The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
- The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, I: "The Cottage of Lost Play"
- The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, V: "The Coming of the Elves and the Making of Kôr"
- The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: "Names in the Lost Tales – Part II"