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Elenwë

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Elenwë
Vanya
Biographical Information
LocationTirion
DeathY.T. 1500
Helcaraxë
Family
HouseHouse of Fingolfin (by marriage)
SpouseTurgon
ChildrenIdril
Physical Description
GenderFemale
Hair colorGolden

Elenwë (Q, pron. [eˈlenwe]) was the wife of Turgon and mother of Idril Celebrindal. She was one of the Vanyar, and her golden hair passed to her daughter.[1]

She followed her family to the departure of the Ñoldor from Aman. After Fëanor and his sons departed using the only ships, Fingolfin and Turgon took their people across the dangerous Helcaraxë, during which Elenwë was lost in the crossing, right before the Noldor returned to Middle-earth.[2][3]

Elenwë is the only known full Vanya who accompanied the Flight of the Noldor and came under the Doom of Mandos. As she died before reaching Middle-earth, no Vanya is specifically known to have returned on Middle-earth (excepting the Valinorean army of the War of Wrath, which however went home to Valinor).

[edit] Etymology

The name contains elen meaning "star". The ending -wë means "person"[4][5] and is peculiar since it is seen mostly in masculine names.

[edit] In Other Versions of the Legendarium

Originally the name of Turgon's wife was Alairë - later corrected by Tolkien in 1970 to Anairë - who would not leave Valinor. Anairë became Fingolfin's spouse whilst Elenwë became Turgon's in genealogies.[6]

[edit] See Also

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Maeglin"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth p.340
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels p.399
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Three. The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings not forming part of the Quenta Silmarillion: III. Maeglin", p. 323