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Thorondor

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Thorondor
Eagle
Biographical Information
Other namesSorontar (Q)
TitlesLord of the Eagles
LocationTaniquetil
Thangorodrim
Crissaegrim
AffiliationManwë
LanguageQuenya, Sindarin
Notable forhelping Fingon rescue Maedhros; wounding Morgoth; rescuing Beren and Lúthien; rescuing the survivors of the Fall of Gondolin
Family
ChildrenUnnamed; ancestor of Gwaihir and Landroval
Physical Description
GenderMale
Wingspanthirty fathoms[1] (180 feet/55 meters)
WeaponryBeek, claws
GalleryImages of Thorondor

Thorondor, the Lord of the Eagles, was the greatest of the Eagles of Manwë king of the Valar. It is said that Thorondor had a wingspan of thirty fathoms.[2]

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[edit] History

Thorondor was sent to watch over the Noldor after they arrived in Beleriand. The Eldar first encountered him when he helped Fingon rescue Maedhros from imprisonment from Thangorodrim.[3] After that, Thorondor and the rest of the Eagles settled in the Crissaegrim.[4] When Gondolin was built, Thorondor became the ever vigilant guardian of the city. He rescued Fingolfin's body from defilement after Morgoth killed him, giving the Dark Lord a scar on his face.[5] He and two other Eagles rescued Beren and Lúthien when Angband was aroused.[6] When Gondolin fell, Thorondor rescued the survivors.[7] During the War of Wrath, Thorondor and Eärendil led the Eagles in battle with the Dragons, and may have fought with Ancalagon the Black.[8] In Tolkien's writings, Thorondor is not mentioned after the War of Wrath.[note 1]

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
THORONDOR
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Father of Gwaihir
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Great Eagle
 
Gwaihir
 
Landroval
 
 

[edit] Etymology

The name contains thoron "eagle" and taur, -dor "king". The Quenya cognate is Sorontar.

In earlier versions of the legendarium he was called Thorndor and Throndor (Gnomish), containing the roots thorn "eagle" or thrond "pinnacle",[9] and Thorntor (Ilkorin).

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Notes

  1. Fans have suggested that Thorondor perhaps returned to Valinor, although his descendants remained behind. Cf Thorondor at LotRPlaza.com.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "III. The Quenta: [Section] 8", pp. 102-3 (also p. 173)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "III. The Quenta: [Section] 8", pp. 102-3 (also p. 173)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Return of the Noldor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Noldor in Beleriand"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part One p. 266 (see Sorontur)


Named Eagles
Thorondor · Gwaihir · Landroval · Meneldor