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"Angrod" by Elena Kukanova
Biographical Information
Other namesAngaráto/Artanga (T/Q, fn)
Angamaitë (Q, epessë)
Birthbetween Y.T. 1300 and Y.T. 1362[note 1]
DeathF.A. 455 (aged between c. 20,327 and c. 29,255 years)
HouseHouse of Finarfin
ParentageFinarfin (father)
Eärwen (mother)
SiblingsFinrod (brother)
Aegnor (brother)
Galadriel (sister)
SpouseEldalótë (wife)
ChildrenArothir (son)
Physical Description
Hair colorGolden
GalleryImages of Angrod
"Then Angrod spoke bitterly against the sons of Fëanor, telling of the blood at Alqualondë, and the Doom of Mandos, and the burning of the ships at Losgar. And he cried: ‘Wherefore should we that endured the Grinding Ice bear the name of kinslayers and traitors?’"
The Silmarillion, Of the Noldor in Beleriand

Angrod (S, pron. [ˈaŋrod]; died F.A. 455) was a son of Finarfin and Eärwen and a lord of the Noldor.



Life in Valinor

Angrod was the elder brother of Aegnor and Galadriel, and the younger brother of Finrod Felagund. He was born to Finarfin and Eärwen sometime between Y.T. 1300 and 1362 in Valinor. While living in Valinor, he married an Elven maid named Eldalótë. She bore him one son, Arothir, who went with him into the Exile.[1]

It is said that he, along with his brother Aegnor, was a good friend and a constant companion of Fingon, son of Fingolfin.[2]

Life in Beleriand

Messenger of the Noldor

Marya Filatova - Wrathful
Marya Filatova - Embassy

When the Noldor returned to Middle-earth, Angrod son of Finarfin was the first of the Exiles to come to Doriath, and to Menegroth - to the kingdom of his granduncle Thingol and his wife Melian. He was received there, along with his siblings, because of their kinship with the King.[3]

He first came to Menegroth as a messenger of his brother Finrod, and he spoke to Thingol concerning the manner of the deeds and numbers of the new-come Noldor; however, he did not speak of the kin-slaying at Alqualondë, nor of the Oath of Fëanor, nor of the burning of the ships at Losgar. Thus Thingol hearkened to Angrod's words, and he said that the Noldor have leave to dwell in Hithlum, Dorthonion, and the East Beleriand.[3]

When he returned to Mithrim, he found the Lords of the Noldor holding a council, and when the sons of Fëanor heard of the message of Thingol, they were angered at him. However, Maedros, eldest of Fëanor's sons, laughed - perceiving that Thingol was only granting the Noldor the lands in which his power doesn't run.[3]

However, Caranthir, harshest of the sons of Fëanor, who did not love the children of Finarfin, scolded Angrod and his kin - and Angrod being wrathful, he left the council.[3]

Life in Dorthonion

Marya Filatova - Lords of Dorthonion

Angrod and his brother Aegnor were given the lordship of a region called Dorthonion, a highland looking over the great grassy plain, Ard-galen, towards the Thangorodrim. There they ruled as the vassals of their elder brother Finrod.[4]

Angrod's Words to Thingol

In time, words of the Kinslaying reached the ears of Círdan, Lord of the Falas, and a kinsman of Thingol. However, Círdan sent messengers to Thingol telling him of what he had heard.[5]

It chanced that at that time, the sons of Finarfin were dwelling in Menegroth as guests of the King. But when the news of the Kinslaying reached the ears of Thingol, he was wrathful, and he demanded to know the truth. But Finrod would not betray any of his kin - not even the sons of Fëanor - and he remained silent, and endured the scorn of the King.[5]

However, Angrod, who was also present there, remembering the harsh words of Caranthir, at last told to Thingol everything that had come to pass since their self-imposed exile from Valinor. Thingol, deeming the sons of Finarfin innocent, told to them that they may come again later, if they wish. With the House of Fingolfin, hearing of their travail in the icy waste of Helcaraxë, he decided to keep some friendship still. However, he banned all use of Quenya in his realm, saying that he would not suffer to hear the language of those who slew his kin.[5]

Dagor Bragollach

In F.A. 455, Morgoth broke the Siege of Angband and attacked all Beleriand. Of all the regions of that land, Dorthonion was the most exposed one to the attack from the North. Therefore the sons of Finarfin, Angrod and Aegnor, bore the brunt of the assault, and were slain in battle.[6]


Angrod's father-name was Angaráto (pron. [ˌaŋɡaˈraːto]), meaning "Iron Champion" in Telerin (from anga = "iron" and aráto = "champion"). The name Angrod is the Sindarin form of Angaráto. It is said that probably both he and Finrod received the same name Aráto, and this later differentiated to Findaráto and the above. Angrod's epessë was Angamaitë "iron-handed" (from anga + maitë). Those names he received because of his great strength and large arms when he was yet still a boy. The Quenya form of Angrod's name would be Artanga.[1]


d. Y.T. 1170
d. Y.T. 1495
b. Y.T.
b. Y.T.
Y.T. 1169 - 1497
b. Y.T.
Y.T. 1190 - F.A. 456
b. Y.T.
b. Y.T. 1230
b. Y.T.
b. Y.T.
unknown sons
Y.T. 1300 - F.A. 465
d. F.A. 455
b. Y.T.
d. F.A. 455
b. Y.T. 1362
b. F.A.
d. F.A. 495
b. F.A. 532
b. S.A.
d. F.A. 495
d. S.A. 3441
b. T.A. 130
b. T.A. 130
T.A. 241 - Fo.A. 121

Other Versions of the Legendarium

From the earliest writings (for example, the Lay of Leithian) until after the publication of the first edition of The Lord of the Rings Orodreth is given as Angrod and Felagund's brother instead. This was retained in the published Silmarillion, although the changes of their father's name from Finrod to Finarfin and of (Inglor) Felagund's name to Finrod Felagund were adopted there. Also, in the published Silmarillion Gil-galad is the son of Fingon, this was an editorial decision by Christopher Tolkien which he admitted was a mistake.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "The Annals of Aman", p. 106 lists 1300 as the birth of Finrod (then named "Inglor") and 1362 as the birth of Galadriel


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", "The names of Finwë's descendants"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Return of the Noldor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Noldor in Beleriand"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"