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Nerdanel (Quenya), also known as Nerdanel the Wise, was the daughter of the Ñoldorin smith Mahtan and the wife of the infamous Fëanor the Prince of the Noldor, eldest son of King Finwë.


Nerdanel with her sons Maedhros, Maglor, Celegorm, Caranthir, Curufin (unborn), by Jenny Dolfen

After marrying Fëanor, Nerdanel bore him seven sons: Maedhros, Maglor, Celegorm, Caranthir, Curufin, Amrod and Amras.

Nerdanel, with father Mahtan and future husband Feanor

Unlike her husband, she was of a peaceful nature and sought to moderate his fiery temper and pride with wisdom. For a time, she was the only one able to influence him.[1]

Nerdanel refused to follow her husband to Middle-earth, and their parting was not a happy one. When it became clear that he intended to leave Valinor for good, she came to him and pleaded with him to let her youngest sons, Amrod and Amras, to remain with her. Fëanor would hear nothing of it and accused her of being against him and in league with the Valar, namely Aulë. He stated that the sons wished to follow and obey their father; if she did not follow him she would be abandoning all of their children. She then scorned him saying that he would not have them all and then she left, possibly retiring to her father's house in Aman.[2] By refusing to join her husband in revolt, Nerdanel avoided the Doom of Mandos, though her sons did not. The last remnant of her family survived through her grandson Celebrimbor, the forger of the three Elven Rings of Power.


Nerdanel was a sculptor of great note and is said to have made deceptively lifelike statues.

During the earlier times of Nerdanel's marriage to Fëanor, her father Mahtan, a Noldorin smith among those of the Noldor who was in service to Aulë, tutored his daughter Nerdanel's husband Fëanor in the making of things in metal and in stone.

House of Fëanor

The Heraldic Device of the House of Fëanor



Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ኘርዳነል
Arabic نيردانيل
Armenian Ներդանել
Belerusian Cyrillic Нерданел
Bengali नेरदानेल
Bulgarian Cyrillic Нерданел
Chinese 诺丹妮尔
Georgian ნერდენელი
Greek Νέρντανελ
Gujarati નેર્દાનેલ
Hebrew נרדאנל
Hindi णेर्दनेल
Japanese ネアダネル
Kannada ನೆರ್ಡಾನೆಲ್
Kazakh Нерданел (Cyrillic) Nerdanel (Latin)
Korean 네르다넬
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Нэрданэл
Macedonian Cyrillic Нерданел
Marathi नेरदानेल
Mongolian Cyrillic Неранел
Nepalese नेरदानेल
Pashto نېردانېل
Persian نهردانهل
Polish Nerdanela
Russian Нерданель
Sanskrit णेर्दनेल्
Serbian Нерданел (Cyrillic) Nerdanel (Latin)
Sinhalese නර්ඩනෙල්
Tajik Cyrillic Нерданел
Tamil நேர்தனில்
Telugu నిర్దనెల్
Thai แนร์ดาเนล
Ukrainian Cyrillic Нерданел
Urdu نیردانال
Uzbek Нерданел (Cyrillic) Nerdanel (Latin)
Yiddish נערדאַנעל


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter VI: "Of Fëanor and the Captivity of Melkor"
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, chapter XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"