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Elves of Nargothrond

Elves of Nargothroond
People
DominionsNargothrond
LanguagesSindarin
Skin colorWhite
MembersFinrod, Orodreth, Finduilas, Guilin, Gwindor, Gelmir, Edrahil

The Elves of Nargothrond were those who followed Finrod Felagund and dwelt under his rule in the underground citadel of Nargothrond on the banks of the River Narog.

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[edit] History

Henning Janssen - Aid on the Fens

The Elves were for the most part of the First Age hidden and isolated; not used to open battle for they had always waged a guerilla war, ambushing but never assaulting the forces of Morgoth. However they participated in major events of the Age. Finrod and his army came north to stop the onslaught of the Dagor Bragollach; they were ambushed by an army at the Fen of Serech but a sortie by Barahir rescued them, and allowed them to retreat.[1]

Ten Elves of Nargothrond, participated in the Quest for the Silmaril with Finrod who repaid his pledge to Barahir; all were captured by Sauron in Tol-in-Gaurhoth, and were devoured one by one, including Finrod.[2]

A small army from Nargothrond also joined the Union of Maedhros in order to avenge losses of the previous battle, but Gwindor's premature assault led to the disastrous Nirnaeth Arnoediad.[3]

[edit] Demise

Ted Nasmith - Sack of Nargothrond

After that battle, Túrin Turambar gained influence in the forces of Nargothrond and, against the counsels of Ulmo, he persuaded them to turn into open war against a nearby massive Orc-buildup. This led to the disastrous Battle of Tumhalad which all but exterminated the army of Nargothrond, and Orodreth was killed; during the later Sack of Nargothrond all women were taken prisoners by Glaurung and Orcs. These Orcs took them by the Crossings of Teiglin where they were waylaid by the Haladin of Brethil, but they managed to kill all their captives.[4]

The fate of any survivors or their descendants is unknown; Nargothrond diappears from history as it remained deserted until the destruction of Beleriand in the War of Wrath,[5] but some members of the House of Finrod lingered in Middle-earth until the Third Age.[6]

[edit] Other versions of the Legendarium

In earlier stages the Elves of Nargothrond were known as Rodothlim or Rothwarin. Their name meant "cavern-dwellers".[7] The leader of those Elves had been always Orodreth.[8]

In Eriol's Old English translations, Nargothrond is referred as Hlydingaburg "City of the Hlydingas".[9]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Túrin Turambar"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Three is Company"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part II", p. 347
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "Turambar and the Foalókë", p. 82
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "III. The Quenta: Appendix 1: Fragments of a translation of The Quenta Noldorinwa into Old English, made by Ælfwine or Eriol; together with Old English equivalents of Elvish names"