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This article is about the elven mother of Fëanor. For the daughter of Númenorean King Tar-Palantir, see Tar-Míriel.

Míriel Therindë [Quenya: Þerindë] or Míriel Serindë was the first wife of Finwë, the High King of the Ñoldor and the mother of Fëanor. Miriel's hair was described as being silver in appearance, an unusual color for one of the Ñoldor.[2] She was highly skilled in the art of weaving and needlework, and thus her amilessë (mother-name) was Þerindë, the Broideress.[3]


Finwe near his wife Miriel Serinde, by Steamey.

Míriel married Finwë sometime during the Noontide of Valinor and they lived in Tirion. In YT 1169,[1] Míriel bore a son, called Curufinwë, whom she called Fëanáro ("Spirit of Fire"). After giving birth to him she could no longer live, and so wished to die, something which was impossible because, as an Elf, she was immortal within Arda.

In YT 1170,[1] she laid down in his gardens where her fëa peacefully departed from her body, and she entered the Halls of Mandos: in essence freely losing her will to live. Her body was tended by the maidens of Estë and remained preserved.[3][2] Her death was seen as a shocking event by the Valar; it eventually led to the second marriage of Finwë, and from there to the Rebellion of the Ñoldor and the First Kinslaying.[4]

After Finwë had been killed, Míriel was granted permission to return to life, where she entered the service of Vairë, her task to weave all the deeds of the House of Finwë in the Tapestry of Time.[5]


Míriel means "Jewel-woman" or perhaps "Jewel-daughter", and her amilessë Þerindë "Broideress".[6] Serindë is a later version of her name after changes in the language of the Noldor. However, she requested that her kin continue to call her Þerindë (Þ is pronounced "th" so therindë ).[5]


Míriel was described to have silver hair and a slender figure. Her customary singing while working was described as "soft and sweet".[2]

House of Fëanor

The Heraldic Device of the House of Fëanor



Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ሚሪአል
Arabic ميرييل
Armenian Միրիել
Belarusian Cyrillic Міріел
Bengali মিরিএল
Bulgarian Cyrillic Мириел
Cambodian មិរិេល
Chinese 迷瑞爾 (Míriel)

迷瑞爾·希倫迪 (Míriel Þerinde)

Danish Míriel (dronning over Noldor-elverne)
Georgian მირიელი
Greek Μίριελ
Gujarati મિરિએલ
Hebrew מיריאל (Miriel)
Hindi मिरिएल
Japanese ミーリエル (Míriel)

ミーリエル・セリンデ (Míriel Þerinde)

Kannada ಮಿರಿಲ
Kazakh Міріел (Cyrillic) Miriel (Latin)
Korean 미리엘
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Мириэл
Macedonian Cyrillic Мириел
Marathi मिरिएल
Mongolian Cyrillic Мириел
Nepalese मिरिएल
Pashto میریېل
Persian میریل (Míriel)

میریل سرینده (Míriel Serindë)

Punjabi ਮਿਰਿਏਲ
Russian Мириэль
Sanskrit मिरिएल्
Serbian Миријела/Миријела Серинде (Cyrillic) Mirijela/Mirijela Serinde (Latin)
Sinhalese මිරිඑල්
Tajik Cyrillic Мириел
Tamil மிரிஎல்
Telugu మిరిఎల
Thai มีริเอล
Ukrainian Cyrillic Міріел
Urdu میریےل
Uzbek Мириел (Cyrillic) Miriel (Latin)
Yiddish מיריעל


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. X: Morgoth's Ring, The Annals of Aman
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. X: Morgoth's Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion, The Second Phase, chapter IV: "Later Versions of the Story of Finwë and Míriel"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter VI: "Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor"
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Ñoldor"
  5. 5.0 5.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, chapter XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"
  6. The Silmarillion, Index of Names