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This article is about the Lord of Gondolin. For the the Steward of Gondor, see Turgon (Steward of Gondor).
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Biographical Information
Other namesTurukáno, Sarafinwë
TitlesHigh King of the Noldor,
King of Gondolin
LanguageQuenya, Sindarin
BirthY.T. 1300
RuleF.A. 472 - 510 (High King)
F.A. 126 - 510 (Gondolin)
DeathF.A. 510 (aged 2,426[note 1])
Fall of Gondolin
HouseHouse of Fingolfin
ParentageFingolfin and Anairë
SiblingsFingon, Aredhel and Argon
ChildrenIdril Celebrindal
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Turgon
Turgon (S, pron. [ˈturɡon]) was an Elven king of the Noldor, second son of Fingolfin, brother to Fingon, Aredhel and Argon, and ruler of the hidden city of Gondolin.

He is described as tall, wearing white with a gold belt and a crown of garnets, holding the Staff of Doom in his hand. He was often called "the Wise".



Turgon and Elenwe in Aman

Although Turgon was originally against the departure of the Ñoldor from Aman, he eventually did set out on the journey. After Fëanor and his sons departed using the only ships, he took his people across the dangerous Helcaraxë with his father Fingolfin. He lost his wife Elenwë in the crossing and settled at Vinyamar in Nevrast.

When he journeyed with his cousin Finrod Felagund along Sirion, Ulmo sent both of them a dream to look for a hidden place where they could be safe from the power of Morgoth. Then in the following year Ulmo appeared directly to Turgon and guided him to the vale of Tumladen in the Encircling Mountains, to which Turgon later secretly moved with many of the Ñoldor, deserting Nevrast, and built Gondolin, where he ruled with the Staff of Doom in his right hand, and a coronet of garnets upon his head. At his side was Glamdring[1].

Turgon and his people remained isolated in Gondolin for many years with his daughter Idril, who married Tuor after the man found the secret way and discovered the city.

Turgon reemerged with his host during the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, and although the battle was still lost, his intervention prevented the rout from completely destroying the armies of the Ñoldor and their allies. He was killed at Gondolin's fall, when his tower fell down over his head.


His name is the Sindarin form of his Quenya title Turukáno , which means "Master Commander" from [[Tur] - master, and kano - Commander. Note that as the name is Sindarinized, the translation from Turgon to Master Commander is incorrect. If properly taken as a Sindarin word, Turgon will mean "Master of Stone" ("Tur" - master and "gon(d)" - stone.) This is not the case however, and was only correct back in the Books of Lost Tales when his Quenya name was Turondo. That actually did mean "Master of Stone" in Quenya ("Tur" - master and "ondo" - stone). The name has since been changed.

See also

Position created
King of Gondolin
F.A. 126 - F.A. 510
Gondolin destroyed
Preceded by:
5th High King of the Noldor
F.A. 472F.A. 510
Followed by:
Ereinion Gil-galad


  1. Years of the Sun. Each Year of the Tree is equal to 9.582 Years of the Sun, and the Years of the Trees ended in the year 1500. So, 510 + 9.582 x 200 = 2,426.


  1. It was said in the Hobbit that it once belonged to the King of Gondolin