Finarfin

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Finarfin
Tolkien's legendarium character
Aliases Arafinwë
Race Elves
Book(s) The Silmarillion

Finarfin (IPA: [fiˈnarfin]) is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, featured in The Silmarillion.

Personality[edit]

Unlike the warlike Fëanor and Fingolfin, Finarfin was something of a pacifist. This could be attributed in part to his Vanyarin heritage from his mother Indis.

His wife Eärwen was of the Telerin people and their marriage was one of the ties of friendship between the two kindreds. Eärwen's best friend was also Anairë, Fingolfin's wife.

Though faithful to his brothers, Finarfin did not travel to Middle-earth due to the guilt he felt after the Doom of the Noldor was pronounced and over the murder of many of his wife's people in Alqualondë by his own people, despite his personal innocence.

Family[edit]

Finarfin was the third son and youngest child of Finwë. Finarfin's mother was Finwë's second wife Indis. Fëanor was his half-brother and Fingolfin his full brother. His sisters were Findis and Irimë. He married Eärwen, princess of the Teleri. He had four children: Finrod Felagund, Angrod, Aegnor and Galadriel. Orodreth appears as one of Finarfin's sons in the published Silmarillion; in Tolkien's later writings however he clearly is Angrod's son. Christopher Tolkien used an older version of the genealogy in the Silmarillion, but later described this as a mistake.[1] Finarfin was said to be the fairest and wisest of Finwë's sons. Like all of Finwë's sons, Finarfin founded his own house. Uniquely among the Noldor he and his descendants all had golden hair inherited from his mother, so his house was sometimes called "The Golden House of Finarfin".

Finarfin was the Sindarin form of his name. His name in Quenya was Arafinwë, "Noble-Finwë".

Earlier versions[edit]

Finarfin was called Finrod in earlier versions of the Middle-earth mythology (even in the First Edition of The Lord of the Rings); his son Finrod Felagund was called Inglor Felagund. This was changed in later editions, but not all references to Finrod were changed to Finarfin, nor all references to Inglor removed; see Gildor Inglorion.

Eventual fate[edit]

After the death of Finwë, he departed with his brothers Fëanor and Fingolfin for Middle-earth, but turned back when Mandos pronounced the Doom of the Noldor. Finarfin became King of the residual Noldor and presumably still rules from Tirion on Túna. He was the captain of the Noldor of Aman in the decisive War of Wrath against Morgoth.

House of Finarfin[edit]

 
 
 
Indis
b. YT
 
Finwë
d. YT 1495
 
 
 
Olwë
b. YT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fingolfin
YT 1190 - FA 456
 
FINARFIN
b. YT 1230
 
Earwen
 
unknown
sons
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finrod
YT 1300 - FA
465
 
Angrod
d. FA 455
 
Eldalótë
 
Aegnor
d. FA 455
 
Galadriel
b. YT 1362
 
Celeborn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
Sinda
 
Orodreth
d. FA 495
 
 
 
 
 
Elrond
b. FA 532
 
Celebrían
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gil-galad
d. SA 3441
 
Finduilas
d. FA 495
 
Aragorn
TA 2931 - FA 120
 
Arwen
TA 241 - FA 121
 
Elladan
 
Elrohir
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eldarion
Preceded by
Fëanor
High King of the Noldor (in Valinor)
Y.T. 1496 - Y.S.  Fourth Age
Succeeded by
None

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tolkien, J. R. R. (1996), Christopher Tolkien, ed., The Peoples of Middle-earth, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, The Shibboleth of Fëanor, 349-351, ISBN 0-395-82760-4