This article is about the Ñoldo. For the Ruling Steward of Gondor, see Mardil Voronwë.

Voronwë, also called Aranwion, was a Ñoldorin Elf mariner from Gondolin who was one of a crew of several ships sent by Turgon to solicit aid from the Valar. The Doom of Mandos, however, made any such attempt futile, and Voronwë was the only one to survive.[2]


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Voronwë sitting by the sea after the foundering of his ship, by Filat

Voronwë was relatively young according to the measure of the Elves, having been born in Middle-earth (and specifically in Nevrast) instead of Valinor. His father was Aranwë, a Ñoldo, but his mother was of the Sindarin Elves of the Falas, and kinswoman of Círdan. He called himself "of the House of Fingolfin", which in this case means a follower of that house, rather than a relationship of blood.

Voronwë was saved by Ulmo with the express purpose of leading Tuor to Gondolin, which he did.[3]

During the Fall of Gondolin, Voronwë was asked by Tuor to guard Idril. He escaped the sack, following Tuor and Idril in the secret way. He led them until Sirion and they did not continue, for Voronwë did not know the regions beyond the river.[4]

It was said that Voronwë sailed west with Eärendil in Vingilot.[5]


His name is Quenya in origin. Voronwë means "steadfast"[6] and his surname Aranwion means "son of Aranwë". The name Voronwë also appears as an epessë (honourary title) of various other characters, for example Mardil Voronwë.

He called himself Bronweg, the Sindarin version of his name.[7] It also means "steadfast".[6]


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ቮሮንዌ
Arabic ڢورونوي
Armenian Վորոնւը
Belarusian Cyrillic Воронвэ
Bengali ভরণবে
Bulgarian Cyrillic Воронще
Chinese 沃隆威
Greek Υορονωε
Gujarati વોરોન્વે
Hebrew וורון וי
Hindi वोरोन्वे
Japanese ヴォロンウェ
Kannada ವೊರೊನ್ವ
Kazakh Воронуе (Cyrillic) Voronwe (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Воронwэ
Macedonian Cyrillic Воронwе
Marathi वोरोन्वे
Mongolian Cyrillic Воронүё ?
Nepalese वोरोन्वे
Persian وورونوه ?
Punjabi ਵੋਰੋਂਵੇ
Russian Воронвэ
Sanskrit वोरोन्वे
Serbian Воронwе (Cyrillic) Voronwe (Latin)
Sinhalese වොරොන්වෙ
Tajik Cyrillic Воронве
Tamil வோறொன்வெ
Telugu వొరొన్వె
Ukrainian Cyrillic Воронwе
Urdu وورونوا
Uzbek Воронwе (Cyrillic) Voronwe (Latin)
Yiddish בֿאָראָנצע ?


  1. Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part One, I: "Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XX: "Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIII: "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. II: The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, chapter III: "The Fall of Gondolin"
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. II: The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, chapter V: "The Tale of Eärendel"
  6. 6.0 6.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I
  7. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter II: "The Music of the Ainur"
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