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Gilfanon

Gilfanon
Noldo
Biographical Information
Other namesAilios (earlier name)
LocationTavrobel
Physical Description
GenderMale
"Now there happened that night to be present a guest both at their board and at their tale telling, and his name was Gilfanon"
The Tale of the Sun and Moon

Gilfanon a·Davrobel was one of the oldest Elves on Tol Eressëa. It was he who told Eriol the tale of the Sun and the Moon in the Cottage of Lost Play.[1]:174 ff

Gilfanon lived in the House of the Hundred Chimneys in Tavrobel.[1]:175

[edit] Other versions of the Legendarium

His earlier name was Ailios, that was mostly ammended in the manuscript of the Tale of the Sun and Moon,[2] but remains in the (earlier) tales given in The Book of Lost Tales Part Two.[3]

According to an outline, Gilfanon bids Eriol to write down all that the tales he has heard in Tol Eressëa before driking limpë.[4] Christopher explains that this and all the details about Gilfanon (like being one of the Noldoli) match with Pengolodh, so Gilfanon would be his literary origin.[5]

In a prose fragment following the Lost Tales, there is a Gilfanon mentioned as an Elf of Alqualondë, but Christopher is certain that he cannot be the Gilfanon of Tavrobel, so probably Tolkien had changed his name.[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Tale of the Sun and Moon"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Tale of the Sun and Moon": "Notes and Commentary", p. 197, note 19
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, passim, see Index
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "The History of Eriol or Ælfwine and the End of the Tales", p. 283
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "VI. The Earliest Annals of Valinor: Commentary on the Annals of Valinor", p. 274
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "I. Prose Fragments Following the Lost Tales: (iii)", pp. 9-10