Thorondor (Sindarin; IPA: "Eagle Lord") was the King of the Eagles of Middle-earth during the First Age.

Etymology Edit

The name Thorondor was Sindarin for "Eagle Lord", from the words thoron ("eagle") and taur ("lord, king").[2]

Thorondor was also named Sorontar, which was the Quenyan translation of his Sindarin name and came from the words soron ("eagle") and tar ("king").[2][3]

Appearance Edit


Two of Thorondor's kin, as depicted in The Hobbit films

Thorondor was presumably the greatest of all the Eagles in terms of size, with his wingspan measuring at 30 fathoms (180 feet or nearly 55 meters).[1]

Biography Edit

Fingon's rescue of Maedhros

Thorondor and Fingon rescue Maedhros

Thorondor was sent by Manwë, King of the Valar, to watch over the Ñoldor after they arrived in Beleriand. The Eldar first encountered him when he helped Fingon rescue Maedhros from imprisonment from Thangorodrim, upon which he had apparently made his home for a short time.[4] After that, Thorondor and the rest of the Eagles settled in the Crissaegrim. When Gondolin was built, Thorondor became the ever vigilant guardian of the city. He rescued Fingolfin's body from defilement after Morgoth killed him, giving the Dark Lord a scar on his face.[5] He, Landroval, and Gwaihir rescued Beren and Lúthien when Angband was aroused.[6]

When Gondolin fell, Thorondor rescued the survivors.[7] During the War of Wrath, Thorondor and Eärendil led the Eagles in battle with the Dragons, and may have fought with Ancalagon the Black.[8]

Fate Edit

In Tolkien's writings, Thorondor is not mentioned after the War of Wrath. It is believed he returned to Valinor, although his descendants remained behind. Gwaihir became the Lord of Eagles in Middle-earth after Thorondor's departure.[citation needed]

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Arabic طهوروندور
Armenian Թորոնդոր
Belarusian Cyrillic Торондор
Bengali ঠরন্দর
Bulgarian Cyrillic Торондор
Catalan Thoròndor
Chinese (Hong Kong) 索隆多
Greek Θόροντορ
Gujarati થોરડોર
Hebrew תורונדור
Hindi ठोरोन्दोर
Japanese ソロンドール
Kannada ಥೊರೊಂಡರ್
Kazakh Тһорондор (Cyrillic) Thorondor (Latin)
Korean 소론도르
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Тhорондор
Macedonian Cyrillic Тхорондор
Marathi थोरोंडॉर
Mongolian Cyrillic Тhорондор
Nepalese ठोरोन्दोर
Persian طهوروندور
Punjabi ਥੋਰੰਡਰ
Russian Торондор
Sanskrit ठोरोन्दोर्
Serbian Тхорондор (Cyrillic) Thorondor (Latin)
Sinhalese ඨොරොඳොර්
Tajik Cyrillic Тҳорондор
Tamil தோரொண்டோர்
Telugu ఠొరొన్దొర
Thai โธรอนดอร์
Ukrainian Cyrillic Торондор
Urdu تورونڈور
Uzbek Тҳорондор (Cyrillic) Thorondor (Latin)
Yiddish טהאָראָנדאָר

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. IV: The Shaping of Middle-earth, chapter III: "The Quenta"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIII: "Of the Return of the Noldor"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVIII: "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  6. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIX: "Of Beren and Lúthien"
  7. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIII: "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin"
  8. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"