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Biographical Information
Other namesTelufinwë (Q, fn),
Ambarussa or Umbarto/Ambarto (Q, mn)
Atyarussa (Q, epessë)
Amarthan (S)
LocationTirion; East Beleriand
AffiliationOath of Fëanor
LanguageQuenya and Sindarin
Birthafter Y.T. 1190
DeathY.T. 1497
HouseHouse of Fëanor
ParentageFëanor & Nerdanel
SiblingsMaedhros, Maglor, Celegorm, Caranthir, Curufin and Amras (twin)
Physical Description
Hair colorRed
GalleryImages of Amrod

Amrod (died in Y.T. 1497) was the youngest of the seven Sons of Fëanor. Amras was his twin brother, and the elder of the two.


[edit] History

He joined his brothers in the Oath of Fëanor, but his mother Nerdanel begged that either he or Amras be left behind, believing in her heart that one would not return. Fëanor, however, refused her this kindness, and paid for it. Amrod was accidentally killed in the swan ships of the Teleri when his father ordered them to be burnt at Losgar. According to the Shibboleth, he claimed (to Amras) to have felt uncomfortable sleeping on the ground after the Noldor landed on the Lammoth. It was thought later that he wished to return to his mother in the ship, being shocked by his father's deeds. Fëanor was probably aware of his dissention, and this may have been one of the elements of his decision to burn the ships even before all the food and stores had been removed. Yet he was in great dismay when he learned of his son's death, and doubtless remembered the foreboding words of his wife.

[edit] Etymology

Amrod's father-name in Quenya was Telufinwë, "Last [of] Finwë", for he was the last of the sons of the House of Finwë and its short form was Telvo. His mother-name was originally Ambarussa ("Top-russet", referring to his hair), the same as his twin Amras, but Fëanor insisted that the twins ought to have different names and Nerdanel prophetically called him Umbarto, "The Fated" (from umbar = "fate"). His father, disturbed by it, changed it to Ambarto, "Upwards-exalted" (from amba = "upwards, top" and arta ="exalted", "lofty"). Nevertheless both twins called each other Ambarussa. Others most often called him Atyarussa, which means "Second-russa".[1]

Amrod is the Sindarization of Ambarto[1], while Amarthan is the Sindarization of Umbarto.[1]

[edit] Genealogy

b. Y.T.
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
d. F.A. 587
b. Y.T.
d. F.A. 506
d. F.A. 506
d. F.A. 506
d. Y.T. 1497
d. F.A. 538
d. S.A. 1697

[edit] Other versions of the Legendarium

In earlier stages of the Legendarium, Fëanor's sons had different slightly different names. Amrod used to be called Damrod. [2]

In the published The Silmarillion and in earlier texts he is said to have lived on to Beleriand and ruled with his twin Amras over lands west of the Blue Mountains.

There is no trace of the death of Amrod at Losgar in the published The Silmarillion, as it was a very late idea by Tolkien, omitted by Christopher Tolkien as he did not at the time see how it could be incorporated into the primary text of The Silmarillion. Even in The Silmarillion his life, course and death happen alongside to his brother's and has not an individual role.

Where both Amrod and Amras are mentioned in the published text after the landing in Losgar, it should according to Tolkien's later wishes be Amras alone. The information regarding Amrod's naming, especially, comes from The Peoples of Middle-earth.

[edit] References

[edit] See Also

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "From The Shibboleth of Fëanor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 41, July 2000
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "The Nauglafring", pp. 241, 251