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Elves of Nargothrond

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

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

For the most part of the First Age, the Elves of Nargothrond remained hidden and isolated, waging a guerilla war against the forces of Morgoth, ambushing but never assaulting them directly in open warfare. However they participated in major events of the Age, as during Dagor Bragollach, when Finrod and his army came north to stop the onslaught. In that skirmish, they were ambushed at the Fen of Serech but a sortie by Barahir rescued them, and allowed them to retreat. Finrod pledged to Barahir for saving him.[1]

Finrod and a company of ten Elves of Nargothrond participated also in the Quest for the Silmaril in order to repay his pledge. Leaving Orodreth to rule in his place, he and ten Elves left to assist Beren, but they 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, most of Beleriand was under the power of Angband and there was a massive orc-buildup nearby. Túrin Turambar came to Nargothrond and gained influence among the Elves. Against the counsels of Ulmo, he persuaded the forces of Nargothrond to turn into open war against the Orcs. This led to the disastrous Battle of Tumhalad which all but exterminated the army of Nargothrond, and King Orodreth was killed. Glaurung the Worm led Orcs to the Sack of Nargothrond where all women were taken prisoners, and taken by the Crossings of Teiglin; the Haladin of Brethil came to their rescue in vain; the Orcs 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"