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This article is about the third kinslaying. For the other occurences, see Kinslaying (disambiguation).

The Third Kinslaying was the third, final, and cruelest of the slayings of Elf by Elf by the Sons of Fëanor.[1]



When Maedhros and Maglor heard that Elwing had survived the fall of Doriath and was keeping the Silmaril at the Havens of Sirion, they prepared an army to attack the Havens and take the Silmaril by force.[1]

The battle

Maedhros and Maglor find Elros and Elrond, by Catherine Karina Chmiel

In FA 538,[2] the Sons of Fëanor attacked the Havens. Amrod and Amras both died in the battle, but the Havens were destroyed and practically all who had survived the prior ruin of Doriath were slain. The only survivors of the battle among the defenders were Elwing and her two sons, Elros and Elrond. With the help of Ulmo, Elwing was able to escape with the Silmaril and reach her husband Eärendil, who was out at sea on his ship, the Vingilotë. The brothers spared the lives of the two boys, Elros and Elrond, and Maglor grew fond of them and treated them almost as if they were his own.[1]


With the death of Amrod and Amras, Maedhros and Maglor were the only remaining sons of Fëanor left alive in Middle-earth, nor did they seem to have any followers left. Eönwë, the herald of Manwë, declared that because of their evil deeds the remaining Sons of Fëanor had lost all right to the Silmarils.[1]

Other versions of the legendarium

The earlier dates for the Third Kinslaying had been FA 532 and FA 534.[2]


Foreign Language Translated name
Bosnian Treće Obiteljska ubojstva
Chinese (Hong Kong) 第三次親族相殘
Czech Třetí Zabíjení rodných
Danish Elvernes Tredje Frændemord
Finnish Kolmas sukusurma
French Troisième Fratricide
German Dritter Sippenmord
Italian Terzo Fratricidio
Korean 제3차 동족살상 / 3차 동족살해
Macedonian Cyrillic Трето Кин-убиство
Portuguese Terceiro Kin assassinato
Russian Третья Братоубийственная Резня
Slovak Tretích Rodina-zabitie
Slovenian Tretje Kin-pobiti
Spanish Tercera Matanza de los Hermanos
Uzbek Учинчи қирғин (Cyrillic) Uchinchi qirg'in (Latin)