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Of Maeglin

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The Silmarillion chapters
  1. Ainulindalë
  2. Valaquenta
  3. Quenta Silmarillion
    1. Of the Beginning of Days
    2. Of Aulë and Yavanna
    3. Of the Coming of the Elves
    4. Of Thingol and Melian
    5. Of Eldamar
    6. Of Fëanor
    7. Of the Silmarils
    8. Of the Darkening of Valinor
    9. Of the Flight of the Noldor
    10. Of the Sindar
    11. Of the Sun and Moon
    12. Of Men
    13. Of the Return of the Noldor
    14. Of Beleriand and its Realms
    15. Of the Noldor in Beleriand
    16. Of Maeglin
    17. Of the Coming of Men
    18. Of the Ruin of Beleriand
    19. Of Beren and Lúthien
    20. Of the Fifth Battle
    21. Of Túrin Turambar
    22. Of the Ruin of Doriath
    23. Of the Fall of Gondolin
    24. Of the Voyage of Eärendil
  4. Akallabêth
  5. Of the Rings of Power

Of Maeglin is the sixteenth chapter of the Quenta Silmarillion section within The Silmarillion.


Eöl welcomes Aredhel by Ted Nasmith

Maeglin was the son of Eöl the Dark Elf and Aredhel, who was also called Ar-Feiniel, the White Lady of the Noldor. He dwelled in Nan Elmoth for years, learning what his father would teach him of metals, until he and his mother decided to flee to Gondolin.

Eöl pursued the two to Gondolin. When he arrived, he was given two choices, to stay or to die; for Gondolin was the Hidden City, and all that entered were made to stay lest they should tell the whereabouts of the place. He tried to kill Maeglin by throwing a spear at him, but Aredhel threw herself in front of her son and was hit by the spear in the shoulder. She died that night because the wound was poisoned.

Later, Eöl was cast off of the cliff of Caragdûr but before he had cried out to Maeglin saying, "here may you yet die the same death as I."

Maeglin had a secret love for Turgon's daughter, Idril, who was his first cousin. Seeing a darkness in him, Idril did not love him and stayed away from him. Soon, his love turned to darkness; but he kept silent, waiting for his chance.

He grew mighty in Gondolin, fighting by Turgon's side in his battles and teaching the folk there what he knew of metals. He also learned much in the Hidden City.

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