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“Yeah Galadriel, I’m on to you, okay, how did you even say that with a straight face? Like have you completely wiped uncle Fëanor from memory? Immortal, wisest and fairest of all bein— I’ll give him one out of three and it ain’t wisest.”
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This character sheet incorporates some information from Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth, The History of Middle-earth, and The Children of Húrin. Conflicts between these works and The Silmarillion are noted where they occur.


See also the character sheet for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, which are set in the same universe (and, indeed, feature some of the same characters).

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Eru and the Ainur

     Eru Ilúvatar 
Eru (the One), also called Ilúvatar (All-Father), is the monotheistic God of Tolkien's universe who created the Ainur (Holy Ones), powerful angelic spirits, and then with their help "sang" the world into existence. The Ainur are composed of the godlike Valar, and the lesser Maiar, who faithfully serve the Valar. He also created his Children, the Elves and Men, but not Dwarves, they were... not part of the plan originally.
  • Above the Gods: The Valar are essentially gods who created the world, but Eru created them and surpasses them in power.
  • Art Initiates Life: Much like how God speaks creation into being in Genesis, Eru is said to have created the universe by singing and harmonizing with his Valar. The dark side of this form of creation is that when some of the Valar deliberately disharmonize, it introduces evil into the symphony of creation.
  • Berserk Button: Whether you are god or mortal: Don't screw around with his Gift Of Men. You better not. He sunk Númenor, rearranged the planet/cosmos, and kicked Sauron so hard the latter was unable to ever assume a fair or manipulative form ever again.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: Inverted. Eru has a lot of similarities to the Christian deity (as to be expected from a Catholic author), but the way in which his creations worship him is very different from traditional Christian practice. There are very few ceremonies, only a few per year. And worship is never carried out in buildings; indeed, temples and churches are associated with evil by worshippers of Eru. In Númenórean worship, only the King could speak to Eru directly and make (bloodless) offerings, and most prayers or hymns seen in the mythology are addressed to one of the Valar. Tolkien himself wrote that, "The Lord of the Rings is of course fundamentally a Catholic work," and that it was actually for that very reason that he cut out all references to organized religion in his story, for he said the "religious element" was absorbed in the story itself.
    • An unpublished essay ("The Marriage Customs of the Eldar") suggests that the Elves asked Eru to bless their marriages; they do not seem to bother Him for any other purpose. The Dúnedain have a custom that vaguely resembles grace before meals, but it is less a case of "Thanks unto Eru for this food" than "If I forget thee, oh Númenor, then let my right hand forget its cunning"; that, and Denethor's throwaway line about "the heathen kings of old" being cremated rather than buried (The Gondorians obsessively cling onto their Númenórean history, and the only holy place allowed was the mountain Meneltarma in Númenor. Now that Númenor is gone they don't have holy places any more, but compensate for this by almost worshipping their past).
    • "Elbereth Gilthoniel" is basically the Elvish "Hail Mary," which Tolkien probably was aware of. The Dwarves worshipped their creator Aulë whom they called "Mahal." The Rohirrim worshipped Oromë, one of the Valar, whom they called "Bema." This is All There in the Manual.
    • Another unpublished essay mentions that Men have a prophecy hinting strongly at the coming of Christ ("the only way Eru could cure the world of Morgoth's poison is to enter it himself") but Tolkien dropped it because he was afraid it was turning into "a parody of Christianity". There is, however, the concept of the Dagor Dagorath, where Morgoth will break free from his prison and a massive war, the final war, will ensue to destroy him permanently before Eru remakes the world as it once was, for all to dwell in (aka The Last Judgement).
  • Divine Delegation: Eru created one so they can participate in the creation of the universe.
  • Divine Intervention: Eru prefers to observe the universe and let the Valar run things. But when the Númenóreans attacked Valinor and the Valar laid down their governance of the world, he simply had to act. He also granted independent souls to the Dwarves and the Ents, who were the creations of Aulë and Yavanna respectively. And hints are occasionally dropped in The Lord of the Rings that Eru is giving his creation the occasional nudge: Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, and Frodo was meant to bear it. Tolkien also implied in one of his letters (192) that when Frodo succumbed to the Ring's temptation, Eru directly intervened and caused Gollum to trip at the Cracks of Doom.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: His Gift of Men was explicitly devised for the good of men to ensure people can move beyond the themes of the "Great Music" thereby introducing transcendence. Númenoreans vowed to become immortal, and thus merely hastened their deaths. Eru had to introduce lifespans to mortals thereafter as Morgoth and Sauron had succeeded in trifling with his affairs, men were now paralyzed by fear of dying, and viewed themselves as 'defectively created and doomed to die' ever since.
  • God: The author only explicitly identified Eru as the Christian God in some philosophical texts and letters, but the similarity is noticeable in the narratives as well.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: In Tolkien's Legendarium, it is Eru Iluvatar who is the stand-in for capital "G" God, his name even meaning in Quenya "He that is Alone — Father of All". Eru is largely unseen in Middle-Earth, the world being governed instead by his subordinates the Ainur, Maiar, and Valar (analogous to lesser gods and angels.) However, it is implied in The Lord of the Rings, and confirmed in some of Tolkien's letters, that at rare but critical times Eru himself may intervene to change Middle-Earth's fate, such as ensuring that Bilbo Baggins would find the One Ring and causing Gollum to fall and destroy it.
  • Humans Are Special: Very much loves his creations, and refers to Elves and Men as his children. Though with the latter Melkor and Sauron have often deceived people into rebelling against their creator.
  • Power of Creation: This was Eru's greatest power held by Him alone, called the Secret Fire or the Flame Imperishable.
  • The Only Way They Will Learn: This tends to be his MO. He gives being to the Music of the Ainur (the "source code" for the universe, so to speak) so that the Ainur could "see what they had done." And when Men awake in the world, he tells them that he wants them to learn and become wise on their own. However, he does intervene at certain critical moments, as noted above.
  • World Sundering: The form his most spectacular Divine Intervention took: he removed Valinor from the world, sunk Númenor into the sea and turned the once flat world into a sphere.

     The Valar 
The Powers of the World. The most powerful of the angelic spirits created by Eru to effect and oversee his creation; they occupy a role somewhere between archangels and polytheistic gods. Manwë is their leader; he is the King of Arda (the world), under Eru, and lord of the airs. There were originally fifteen Valar, but Melkor was cast from their number. They are served by an unspecified number of Maiar (roughly angels or minor gods). They dwell in Valinor (the Land of the Gods) in the utter west.
The Valar are:
  • Aulë, the Smith. Husband of Yavanna. The shaper of Earth's physical form. He created the Dwarves, and taught both them and the Elves the secrets of smithcraft. Both Sauron and Saruman used to be his servants. He is revered by the Dwarves, who name him Mahal, the Maker.
  • Estë, the Gentle. Irmo's wife. The healer of hurts and weariness, during days she sleeps in the Gardens.
  • Irmo, the Master of Visions and Dreams. Brother of Námo and Nienna, husband of Estë. The people of Valinor go to the Gardens of Lórien to find rest and refreshment. Gandalf is possibly of his household. Commonly known as "Lórien" after his place of dwelling.
  • Manwë, the Elder King. Brother of Melkor and husband of Varda. The ruler of winds and airs, the King of the Valar and High King of Arda. The great Eagles are his emissaries.
  • Melkor, He Who Arises in Might. Brother of Manwë. No longer counted among the Valar. See more of him under "Enemies."
  • Námo, the Doomsman of the Valar. Brother of Irmo and Nienna, husband of Vairë. Keeps the souls of the dead in the Halls of Mandos, judging them and choosing when to reincarnate them. The grimmest of the Valar, he pronounced the Doom of the North upon Fëanor and his sons. Commonly known as "Mandos" after his place of dwelling.
  • Nessa, the Dancer. Tulkas' spouse. Able to outrun arrows, and the deer that follow her.
  • Nienna, Lady of Mercy. The sister of Námo and Irmo. She weeps always in grief for the ills of the world, but teaches pity and endurance.
  • Oromë, the Huntsman of the Valar. Vána's husband, and the most terrible of the Valar when angered. Used to go to Middle-earth to hunt Melkor's monsters, and during one of those hunts found the newly awakened Elves.
  • Tulkas, the Valiant. Nessa's husband. The Valar's champion who fights with bare fists. Laughs even in battle.
  • Ulmo, the Lord of Waters. Doesn't live in Valinor, but dwells alone in the Outer Sea. Stern and fearsome, but has endless compassion for the peoples of Middle-Earth even when the rest of the Valar are angered by them.
  • Vairë, the Weaver. Námo's wife. Weaves everything that happens in history into her tapestries.
  • Varda, the Queen of the Stars, and their maker. Manwë's wife. The one Morgoth hates and fears above all. The Elves hold her in special esteem, and call her Elbereth Gilthoniel.
  • Vána, the Ever-young. The younger sister of Yavanna and wife of Oromë. Wherever she goes birds sing and flowers bloom.
  • Yavanna, the Giver of Fruits. Aulë's wife and Vána's sister. The creator of all plants and animals, including the Two Trees. Her argument with Aulë led to the creation of the Ents. Radagast was one of her servants. She is next to Varda in esteem among the Elves, who call her Kementári, Queen of the Earth.

Tropes that apply to the Valar are:

  • Ape Shall Not Kill Ape: The Valar generally refrain from killing Elves, Men or Dwarves (all being creations hallowed and blessed by Eru). When the Men of Númenor openly waged war against the Valar, they still would not raise a hand against them, forcing Ilúvatar to directly intervene and defeat the Númenoreans.
  • The Atoner: Aulë, after Eru called him out for attempting to usurp the Creator's place by creating Dwarves. Aulë's repentance is immediate and sincere, so Eru takes pity and grants the Dwarves real souls, free will, and a place in Middle-earth.
  • Big Good: Manwë Súlimo is the Elder King, the ruler of Arda under the authority of Eru, and thus the largest force for good acting from within the world. The other Valar and the Maiar act under his leadership.
  • The Big Guy: Oromë started out as this as he tends to hunt down fell beasts and all. When Melkor began to make war against the Valar and the beauty of Arda, Tulkas came in to wrestle with him till Melkor was subdued.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Tulkas Astaldo. The only being capable of beating Melkor one-on-one, he’s the last of the Valar to come to Arda, and he only does so because he heard that Melkor was causing trouble and there might be a good fight to be had. When Melkor learns that Tulkas is in town, he hightails it (and for good reason).
  • Cain and Abel: Melkor and Manwë are brothers "in the thought of Eru," whatever that means. As the vicegerent of Eru and Elder King of Arda, it's Manwë's job to oppose Melkor, especially after his attempt to reform him failed. The hate is all on Melkor's side, though.
  • Cool Horse: Oromë has Nahar, which strikes fire from under its hooves and is implied to be able to cross oceans. (Just why a Vala needs a horse at all isn't explained.)
  • Council of Angels: Although Eru Ilúvatar created the world, he has little direct interaction with it, and the Valar, based by Tolkien on Christian archangels, serve as its effective rulers.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Mandos is the judge and "doomsman" of the Valar, who keeps the spirits of dead Elves in his Halls until they earn reincarnation (or until the end of time if they don't). He's stern and seems grim, and his judgments can seem harsh sometimes, but despite his association with death he's not at all evil and serves Eru as faithfully as Manwë does.
  • Discontinuity Nod: Originally, in The History of Middle-earth: The Book of Lost Tales, "Vairë" was the name of an Elf woman in Tol Eressëa who was a great storyteller. In The Silmarillion, the name was given to one of the Valar, a completely different character but still associated with storytelling.
  • Divine Ranks: Eru > Valar > Maiar is just the start of it. The Valar too are divided into greater (Aratar) and lesser Valar, and the Maiar are by no means all equal to each other, ranging from demigods like Sauron and Melian to minor fairy-like spirits.
  • Fantasy Pantheon: Their place in the narrative is like the gods' in Classical and Norse Mythology, and they're often called gods, although, theologically, they are much closer to Christian angels.
  • Foil: Manwë and Ulmo. Manwë is proud, glorious, idealistic, and displays his power openly, while Ulmo is reserved, subtle, cynical, and works from behind the scenes. They are close friends who are both utterly devoted to the cause of good, but work in very different ways.
  • God Is Flawed: While the Valar are all good, they're not perfect, and from time to time have to regret their past mistakes.
  • God's Hands Are Tied: Though often blamed by their mortal followers for not helping them out, they avoid confronting the supernatural forces of evil directly so as not to interfere with other beings' free will and, more importantly, avoid the massive destruction caused by a full-on fight, such as during the War of Wrath. If things get bad enough, though, they will act. (Ulmo often goes against the other Valar to directly aid people and manipulate events, most notably when he recruited Tuor as his messenger to Gondolin.)
    • As Tolkien himself stated, the Valar are not omniscient nor omnipotent. Twice, after the Siege of Utumno and the War of Wrath, many of Melkor's servants and creatures escaped them and lived on, the Valar having suffered such horrible losses and/or lacking the knowledge that they could not logically pursue every last one of his minions to the depths of the Earth.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Displayed — and subverted — by some of the Valar in the tale of Melkor’s release:
    • Manwë unwisely pardons Melkor because, due to Manwë’s own Incorruptible Pure Pureness, he is literally unable to understand just how evil Melkor has become.
    • Nienna, duped by Melkor’s fake Heel–Face Turn, helps him plead his case before Manwë.
    • Ulmo is notably mentioned as not falling for Melkor’s ruse. It’s possible that Tulkas also sees through Melkor’s pretense.
  • The Good King: Manwë, the Elder King and the highest authority in Arda. He doesn’t care about his own glory, is very much aware of his place as a servant of Ilúvatar (to the point of consulting Ilúvatar for guidance on particularly thorny problems), and does his best to govern the world as he thinks Ilúvatar would.
  • Happily Married: The only ones not married are Ulmo and Nienna. Ulmo is a loner and Nienna is eternally sorrowful.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Nienna is basically the goddess of empathy and compassion. She's not seen much, and is usually depicted as being melancholy and weeping. And yet, she's one of the most powerful of all the Valar: her tears give birth to the Sun and Moon, and her greatest servant, Gandalf, plays a key role in defeating Sauron. Which is a common theme in Tolkien's work: sympathy, compassion, and love are often overlooked and derided, but they're really the most powerful forces in the universe.
  • The High Queen: Varda is styled as Queen of the Valar and the Elves revere her above all the others.
  • Hot-Blooded: Tulkas was too much of this to be a properly good counselor.
  • I Have Many Names: All of them. Manwë Súlimo, Varda Elentári Tintallë, Námo Mandos, Irmo Lórien, Yavanna Kementári Palúrien, Aulë Mahal, Oromë Aldaron, Tulkas Astaldo... It is implied that every single one of them has tons of names given by various peoples of Men, but only some are known, such as Oromë's Rohirric name "Bema." And these are only the names assigned to them by the speaking peoples. Their own names for themselves, self-assigned in their Conlang Valarin, are only listed in The History of Middle-earth XI: The War of the Jewels.
  • The Lancer: Ulmo's main role is often to act as a sort of foil for Manwë.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Oromë at first but Tulkas takes the role a lot for he is strong and he is fast. Tulkas is able to outrun the all that is on foot.
  • Lord of the Ocean: Ulmo has control over the oceans and waters, dwelling in the ocean Vaiya that encircles the globe and watching all of Middle-Earth through its waterways. His Maiar servants include Ossë, who watches over the coasts and tides after a brief Face–Heel Turn; and Ossë's wife Uinen, who tempers his more extreme impulses and protects coastal life.
  • Mad Scientist: Aulë is a benevolent version, though his skills and creations can be misused.
  • The Maker: While Eru is THE Maker of the whole universe, Aulë is the creator of the Dwarves. They even call him Mahal, "the Maker." Subverted when Aulë learns that only Eru can give souls to living creatures, requiring him to beg Eru's pardon before the Dwarves can be re-created as actual people.
  • Mother Nature: Yavanna. She's not the earth itself, but the shaper and protector of all living creatures.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: As soon as the Valar discovered that the Elves had awoken, they immediately went to war with, defeated, and imprisoned Melkor. Because of this (Melkor did not forget that his first downfall was on behalf of the Elves, and hates them utterly as a result), and because the Valar took the time to educate the Elves, the number of the Firstborn who have truly fallen to evil is perhaps a dozen at most, and the number who have willfully served Morgoth or his servants can be counted on but a single finger (Maeglin). The Valar undertook no such war on behalf of Men when they awoke, nor did they educate them. As a result, tens of thousands of Men have fought on behalf of Morgoth (who noted the absence of the Valar and went amongst Men himself, corrupting many) and Sauron. This had the direct consequences of the Elves only ever really showing trust to the Edain and their descendants, the Númenoreans (and later, only the Faithful Númenoreans who didn't fall to evil and thus survived to establish Gondor and Arnor and fight in the Last Alliance). Because of this, Men fear death, and are prone to taking any way they think can work to prevent it, up to and including literally invading the realm of the gods (only to be smacked down by capital-G God).
  • Not So Similar: Melkor and Aulë. They both had similar (good, but rebellious) intentions in their own schemes. The main difference, according to Word of God, is that Aulë repented and Melkor only considered doing so. Also, when Aulë creates stuff (like the Dwarves), he did it in Eru's honor, not for his own power or glory. When Melkor creates things they are corrupted versions of Eru's creations.
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: Subverted by the Valar, at least at first. They decide to bring the Elves to their realm, Valinor, to guide and teach them. When that backfires horribly, they decide to interfere with Elves and Men much less.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Technically they're really this, but function in-story like traditional polytheistic gods.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: One of the reasons they don't intervene in the world often. They are powerful enough to literally reshape entire countries, so any time they take a direct approach is because the situation is dire enough to force their hand, but the destruction is so great that any victory is almost pyrrhic. The aptly named Battle of the Powers has up to three of them participating personally, and its devastation was so terrible not even Morgoth's wars against the elves came even close, and the battle is stated to have been very brief. Taken to a whole another level with The War of Wrath, which saw maybe even all of them coming in person to Middle Earth as part of the Host of Valinor and resulted in the almost complete annihilation of an entire continent
  • Physical God: All of them, of course, with different provinces and powers.
  • Sexless Marriage: A curious case. Originally Tolkien intended the Valar to have produced children, but then later decided they don't reproduce. Apparently they don't have sex drives either, and their marriages are of platonic companionship rather than of union of bodies.
  • Sibling Triangle: What perhaps happened between Melkor, Varda and Manwë. Originally, Melkor was in awe of Varda and her light, but she recognized that he had started to fall into evil and rejected him. Later, Melkor hated Varda and still she was the one of the Valar he feared the most.
  • The Smart Guy: Aulë is this as he tends to be the craftsman of the Valar. He even crafted the chain Angainor, that which chained The Dark Lord Melkor for his capture.
  • Spirit Advisor: They're not supposed to rule over the Elves and Men like kings and queens, but act as their advisors and guides.
  • The Stoic: Mandos, like death itself, is notorious for never showing pity to anyone. He has only ever made one exception, for Lúthien.
  • Super Speed: Tulkas and moreso with Nessa as she is able to be like an arrow that flies very, very, very fast at a moment's time.
  • Tender Tears: Nienna. Even her name means "Gift of Tears."
  • Time Abyss: Every Ainu is older than the entire universe and everything in it.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Any of them can appear in a wide variety of forms; Yavanna in particular is fond of appearing as a tree. They can also appear as nothing when they feel like going "unclad," making them invisible.
  • War God: Tulkas, of course, who represents courage and glory in battle. In the first draft of the stories there were two other Valar — Makar and his sister Meassë — who represented the bloody, angry side of conflict, but as the Valar developed more into archangels than pagan gods, Tolkien decided they didn't fit the mythos and wrote them out.
  • The Wild Hunt: Oromë. A good version, as he hunts Morgoth's monsters with his Hounds.

     The Maiar 
The servants of the Valar. The Maiar function as demigods or lesser angelic spirits, and range in power from Physical Gods to lesser spirits of the woods and fields. The Maiar are naturally incorporeal, but take physical form to interact with Elves and Men. Their bodies can be destroyed, which greatly weakens them, but their spirits are immortal and will exist for all time. A great many of the Maiar — most notably Sauron and the Balrogs — were corrupted by Melkor and became his servants. The Maiar are countless in number; the following loyal Maiar are named in The Silmarillion:
  • Arien, a spirit of fire who tended the gardens of Vána. She steers the ship of the Sun.
  • Eönwë, the herald of Manwë with Ilmarë, one of their chiefs.
  • Ilmarë, the handmaid of Varda; with Eönwë one of the chiefs of the Maiar.
  • The Istari or Wizards, five Maiar who in the Third Age were sent to Middle-earth in the form of old men to help oppose Sauron:
    • Aiwendil (later called Radagast, sent by Yavanna)
    • Alatar (one of the Blue Wizards who went into the East, sent by Oromë)
    • Curumo (later called Saruman, sent by Aulë)
    • Olórin (later called Gandalf, sent by Manwë and Varda)
    • Pallando (one of the Blue Wizards, sent by Mandos and Nienna)
    • See also The Lord of the Rings character sheet for Olórin/Gandalf, Curumo/Saruman, and Aiwendil/Radagast.
  • Melian, a servant of Estë and Vána. Wife of Elu Thingol and Queen of Doriath. See her entry under "House of Thingol."
  • Ossë, a servant of Ulmo who creates deadly storms. He is wild and violent, but not malicious. He befriended the Grey Elves of Beleriand.
  • Salmar, a servant of Ulmo who crafted Ulmo's fabled horns. He is a maker of beautiful music.
  • Tilion, a servant of Oromë. He is the steersman of the Moon.
  • Uinen, a servant of Ulmo and wife of Ossë. She represents the peaceful side of the sea and is the only one who can calm Ossë's storms. The Men of Númenor held her in regard equal to the Valar.


     Melkor / Morgoth Bauglir 
Melkor (He Who Arises in Might; later named Morgoth, the Black Enemy, by the Elves) is the originator of evil in Tolkien's universe. He is the most powerful of the Ainur. During the "Great Music" that is the creation process, he rebels against Eru by singing his own themes, corrupting many lesser Ainur to his side. When he and many other Ainur have entered the world, he tries to claim it for himself, and wars against his fellow Valar (the Powers) in an attempt to wrest it from them. Later, when Elves and Men come on the scene, he attempts to destroy them by using the massive armies of orcs, Balrogs, and dragons that he created. His pursuit of evil causes him to lose most of his original power, and he is eventually banished from the world by the Valar. Sauron was his greatest servant, and takes over for his master upon his banishment.
  • And I Must Scream: He was imprisoned in Mandos for ~3000 solar years (or three "ages" depending on what text you are reading) by the Valar.
  • Arch-Enemy: Being an enemy of all the universe, it is hard to say who has the top spot for Morgoth's biggest enemy. But here are some good contenders:
    • His own creator, Eru Iluvatar. They are basically opposites the one of the other, and his hatred against his creator is an essential feature of Morgoth's being.
    • His brother Manwë. Manwë is the true Elder King of Arda, and the closest Valar to Iluvatar, while Morgoth tried to usurp his place. Their enmity comes from before the begining of the world, when Manwë became the main instrument of Iluvatar against Melkor's discord. They also stand as opposites.
    • Ulmo. Of all the Valar, Ulmo is one of the most responsible for Morgoth's final fall, as well as a constant enemy of his, and one of the few who was not deceived when Morgoth feigned repentance.
    • Tulkas. Morgoth hates and fears Tulkas, given he was the first one that effectively defeated and banished him from Arda for the first time.
    • Turin Turambar is destined to be the one who kills Morgoth (this is part of a prophecy of the unfinished tales). Morgoth cursed Turin and all his family out of spite to their father, Hurin, for defying him.
  • As Long as There is Evil: He poured out his essence into the world, so that his evil continues to corrupt people long after he is gone. Just as his servant Sauron could not be destroyed as long as his Ring existed, Morgoth will never truly be gone as long as the world exists.
  • Attempted Rape: Of Lúthien.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Being the paragon of the Valar, he was made to be more powerful than all of them combined.
  • Bad Boss: Morgoth is not a good boss. To put it in perspective, Sauron, his Lieutenant, prefered hiding from him than coming back to face punishment when he lost Tol in Gaurhoth. Unfortunately for everyone, he is too powe rful for anything to be done about it.
  • Big Bad: For The Silmarillion, and for Arda in general, Morgoth is both the ultimate source of all evil and the originator and mover of most evil activities.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Briefly acts as half of one with Ungoliant during the Darkening of Valinor. It ends shortly afterwards, when Melkor betrays Ungoliant, and begins fighting with her over the Silmarils.
    • In a way, he has one with Sauron for the whole Legendarium. While Morgoth is clearly the ultimate evil in Arda, and by far the most powerful of the two, Sauron was involved in all of Morgoth's works, had his own personal grand scale objectives beside the will of his master, and carried on being the second Dark Lord for over 6 thousand years after Morgoth's fall. If, in a way, Morgoth is the protagonist or main character of the Legendarium, then Sauron is in many ways the deuteragonist and his succesor.
  • Blatant Lies: Claims to Húrin that he created Arda. Húrin doesn't believe him for a second.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: One of his favorite pastimes is doing horrible, sadistic things to Eru's creations, the Elves and Men. Sometimes he gets useful information out of this, but he also does it just for fun. He loves making them suffer.
  • Consummate Liar: Well, he has lied to practically everyone (like good old Nick).
  • The Corrupter: To all his minions, most of whom started off as well meaning and benevolent creatures but, like him, became more evil as their vices got the better of them. The rest are either Always Chaotic Evil or a result of Being Tortured Makes You Evil. Later, he subverted the Noldor in Valinor with cunning deception, lies, and rumors until they rebelled against the Valar. He also corrupted Men shortly after their awakening, which was disastrous because Men were supposed to fix the Marring of Arda.
  • Creative Sterility: Despite his best efforts to create life, he cannot make, but only corrupt and mock Eru's creations. Orcs are a hollow imitation of Elves and Men, Trolls the same for Ents, and so on. The closest he comes to actual creation is the dragons, which are probably best described as imitations of the eagles of Manwe.
  • Cruel Mercy: He used to effect this on many of his prisoners, sending them back to indirectly serve him as spies or to seed discord. He pulled this on Hurin, hoping he would carry the curse put upon him to the remaining free lands of Beleriand (which he effectively did). It also helped to plant the seeds of his own downfall. Also pulled this on the survivors on the Mouth of Sirion (this ended up directly contributing to his downfall).
  • Dark Is Evil: He is the one who brought darkness into Middle Earth, after all.
  • Deadly Gaze: His eyes were said to be red and terrible, and his stare alone could kill lesser beings.
  • Determinator: Things always seem to go against him, but he keeps coming back Age after Age.
    • According to unfinished writings of Tolkien, he's also going to return for a Final Battle after the Fourth Age.
  • Dirty Coward: Despite his power, Morgoth repeatedly flees from even lesser enemies, or only fights when he feels he'll embarrass his soldiers otherwise. At the very end he runs away from the Valar, and is reduced to begging on his hands and knees for pity. See his Fatal Flaw below. This makes sense, given that by the time he becomes the Dark Lord of Angband, he has wasted so much power in trying to corrupt the matter of the world, and in dominating his servants, that he is basically a shell of his former self, permanently incarnated and vulnerable to being damaged and "killed", from which even he won't be able to come back.
  • Driven by Envy: He's motivated by jealousy of Eru's ability to create.
  • Drop the Hammer: Grond, with which he battled Fingolfin. Sauron's followers later named a battering ram after it.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: Every time Morgoth had power over Arda, the world was a disastrous and evil place. Everywhere his influence reaches, there is ruin, misery and evil. And because he cannot destroy the world, he will corrupt and mar it as much as he can, and everyone on it.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: The prophet Mandos spoke of Morgoth returning during the Dagor Dagorath, or "Final Battle". The prophecy states Morgoth will free himself, regain his full power, resurrect all of his servants, and will destroy Arda, the Sun, and the Moon, but will finally be slain for the last time (by Turin, of all people), after which Eru will recreate the world in a pure form. According to Christopher Tolkien, his father never planned to expand on this concept.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He became so consumed by his evil that he ended up being incapable of understanding Mercy pity it anything good in the world (he could not understand why the Valar came in help of the elves and men during the end of the first age. He truly believed they did not care for the rest of the world)
  • Evil Cripple: Walks with a limp due to a serious injury sustained in his duel with Fingolfin.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Morgoth's imposing stature is sometimes mentioned.
  • Evil Is Petty: Once he was great, but over time became more and more like this. Morgoth became more and more focused on ruining the lives of Elves and Men and ruling over them as a tyrant. He made sure to thwart Túrin in even the most minor matters after putting a curse on him. As the page says, "He's not just evil on a large scale; he's evil on all the tiny little details of everyday life he might experience in any possible situation."
    • Even his overall motivation is this. Despite his power and scale, and for all his might, abilities and intelligence, Morgoth's actions are less those of an almost omnipotent God, and more those of an angry son lashing out against his father because he could not have what he wanted. The problems is that this "child" is the most powerful being in Eä, by far, and his final objective is destroying the entire universe (or if not, ruining everyone's life out of spite and hatred, and destroying and marring all that he can put his hands in)
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: As he continues using his power for evil he is stuck in his monstrous form.
  • Evil Overlord: The original Dark Lord of Arda. He has the look down pat, and he declares himself the King of Arda. Instead of merely ruling the world, he wants to unmake it completely, out of jealousy of God for creating it in the first place. This is more evident early on, when he destroys the Great Lamps and the Isle of Almaren out of jealous spite, before Orcus on His Throne set in.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Melkor was held to be eviler than Sauron because for a time Sauron served him, while Melkor always served himself. A comparison that doesn't say too much, except that they ended up being equal in evil.
  • Fatal Flaw: Envy, pettiness, and reclusiveness are the three things ultimately responsible for his downfall into villainy. Morgoth desired to create things just like his father Eru did, and spent most of his time alone in the void searching for the Flame Imperishable, a quest that eventually proved to be in vain. His inability to create things unlike Eru, made him become envious and rebel against him. And despite being the most powerful being in the universe barring Eru himself, he ultimately comes across as more of a petulant teenager rebelling against his parents, rather than a nigh-omnipotent god.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Often puts on a very polite, fair, and persuasive guise to those he wishes to manipulate, despite being evil incarnate. It worked when he pulled it with the Valar (most of them), and to seduce and manipulate the elves in Valinor. Sadly for him, he ended up screwing himself before achieving any practical objective (and had to recur to more violent means). After that, he becomes incapable of putting any fair form, so while he is still false and deceitful, he cannot really make people believe he is good.
  • Foil: To both Manwë and Aul&euml. But to many other characters too;
    • Manwë and Melkor were originally equal in the thought of Ilúvatar, and since Melkor had part of all the powers and knowledge of all the Valar, it’s possible that he was Ilúvatar’s original choice for the Elder King’s throne.
    • Aulë is essentially a good version of Melkor in many ways (both enjoy imagining things that no one has thought of before, turning those ideas into created reality, and being praised by others for their creativity), to the point that Melkor is jealous of Aulë and makes a point of messing up his creations. It’s notable that Aulë is the only one of the faithful Valar who was scolded by Ilúvatar (for creating the Dwarves), and Aulë’s two most noteworthy Maiar were Mairon (Sauron) and Curumo (Saruman), both of whom went bad.
    • To his own creator, Eru Iluvatar.
    • To his lieutenant and succesor, Sauron.
  • A God Am I: With power far greater than any of the other Ainur, his corruption began when he felt himself more powerful than Eru and more capable of creating the world. Eru's public scolding of him and the creation of Arda only served to intensify Melkor's malice and jealousy, and though Eru is unkillable and by Word of God not even Melkor could truly harm him, this factor only pissed Melkor off further. By the time he achieved dominion over Middle-earth, Melkor began to proclaim himself as the true God of Arda and its creator, his cult lasting long after his eternal imprisonment.
  • God of Evil: He created evil where before there was only free will. All evil in the universe is ultimately either caused by him, or made in imitation of him, with the possible exception of the demonic spider Ungoliant.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Large chunks of the mythology (notably The Lord of the Rings) don't deal with him directly, but that doesn't mean his shadow isn't over the Middle-earth setting even then.
  • Hate Plague: Before Morgoth turned evil, everyone got along nice and peaceful-like. When he turned evil, even the Valar started having disagreements with each other.
  • The Heavy: The Silmarillion is a history more than a novel and as such can't really be said to have a single central character (unless you count Arda itself), but Morgoth's malice is the thread tying most of the narratives together. Despite being the main force of evil, he is also the closest thing the whole book has to a protagonist or main character (until the end of the Quenta Silmarillion, after which Sauron takes over).
  • Ignored Epiphany: He has one when he is beaten in Utumno. For a moment, he realizes how far he has fallen, and how much he has lost because of his actions. But his pride gets the better of him.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: The Valar released him from millennia of imprisonment and asked him if he had learned the error of his ways. He said yes, and they believed him. And then he plunged the world into darkness once again.
  • It's All About Me: His Start of Darkness. When Eru initiates the "Great Music" to form the Universe and world, everyone was meant to be a player, to contribute and make creation, glorious. Melkor had other ideas and wanted to exert his power over the Ainur. Some bent to his will, others were dismayed and fell silent from the discord he deliberately had woven. Eru was NOT impressed and admonished Melkor on the path he was taking. Pride further wounded the angelic being desired to steal the 'power to create' from Eru, but failed, and could only corrupt and twist what the deity alone could make.
  • Irony: Sought to derail the "Great Music", but ultimately failed, Eru succeeded in giving it a far deeper meaning and theme.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He seemed to repent and submit to the will of Eru after three Ages in captivity, but it was all a ruse concocted with the intent of making his next attack alongside Ungoliant.
  • Lack of Empathy: One of Melkor's most profound personality traits was his inability for compassion and mercy, as he sought only to affirm himself, and no other.
  • Large and in Charge: Even in his weaker Dark Lord form, he towers over most other creatures.
  • Light Is Not Good: Described as having eyes glowing so brightly that they drove lesser Maiar insane.
  • Loners Are Freaks: The first sign of his impending villainy. Before the Great Music, Melkor spent much time alone looking for the Flame Imperishable that Eru held. It was during these lonesome periods that Melkor started getting ideas about how he should be in charge...
  • Malicious Misnaming: "Morgoth" was a name given to him by Fëanor after he destroyed the Two Trees and stole the Silmarils. He himself continues to call himself Melkor, but Elves and Men generally use Morgoth or Bauglir.
  • Mighty Glacier: To Fingolfin's Fragile Speedster in their duel.
    Each hammer stroke of Melkor sent fire into the sky, though Fingolfin darted around him like a bolt of lightning.
  • Moment of Lucidity: In the round world version, he has one when he meets with Manwë in Utumno, and sees how much power he has lost and how far he has fallen. In that small moment, he genuinely considers repenting, but sadly does not go through it.
  • Mortality Ensues: After he turned evil, he lost his immortality, compounding his Dirty Coward tendencies.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: As well as sounding evil in itself even in English, "Morgoth" means "the Dark Enemy."
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: How Fingolfin suckers him into a duel. Interestingly, he's not angry being called a coward; he just knows that if an uppity little elf walks to his front door, calls him a wuss in front of everyone, and gets away with it, his evil minions will never respect or fear him again.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His goals started with "take over the world and rule it as a God-King in place of the real God" but eventually, realizing that he hadn't created the entire world single-handedly and couldn't have it all to himself, he slid into just wanting to destroy everything, everywhere, forever.
  • The Only Way They Will Learn: Despite outright warring against Eru and all of his creations, Eru himself makes it clear to Morgoth that all of his actions, and his very existence, occur because Eru allows it. Morgoth inadvertently becomes a "message", a lesson to those of the consequences and price of evil and hatred. This doesn't mean Morgoth doesn't leave a terrible impact on the Valar and Arda alike, but Eru was always in control, and even Morgoth served as an instrument for him.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Even when he had the ability to destroy all of Valinor single-handedly, he chose to hide in Middle-earth. When his armies had the strength to wipe out the Noldor, he chose to observe them in amusement instead. Also disdains physically getting involved, due to his Fatal Flaw.
  • Overarching Villain: Arda's own God of Evil, even after his defeat his residual energy remains suffused into the world. His servants live on, and all evil things that occur can be linked back to him. The Valar continue to fear Mandos' prophecy that at some point Melkor will break from his confines and rise up in great wrath, bringing terror unto the world in a final, apocalyptic battle.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: Before his rebellion, he was the greatest of all the Ainur.
  • Pieces of God: Inverted. Every Ainur and Valar has a single part or aspect of the mind of Eru from which they all come. Alone they can't understand the will or thoughts of their creator until they commune and work together. That is, except for Melkor, whom was not of Eru's thoughts and has complete independence. Thus making him the first proper creation in that regard. Unfortunately for everyone else, this is the start of his pride...
  • Physical God: Though like Sauron with the Ring, his physical power lessens as he divests his spiritual corruption into the fabric of Middle-earth.
  • Playing with Fire: Both this and An Ice Person. While most of the Valar have various elemental attributes such as Manwë's affinity with the air and Ulmo's with the sea, Melkor's power rests in the unrestrained extremes of heat and cold. Which explains why Thangorodrim was both Grim Up North and a Volcano Lair.
    • During the Dagor Bragollach, or "Battle of Sudden Flame", he set fire to the entire region of Ard-galen, until it was an oceanic inferno.
  • The Power of Hate: Since he can't create, Morgoth's only ultimate goal is to wipe out everything in creation. This hatred lets him suffuse his will into the entirety of Arda.
  • Puny Earthlings: One of his flaws is that he's constantly underestimating Men, and instead focusing on the Elves. Often this leads to Men becoming The Cavalry whenever he defeats the Elves in battle, such as the Dagor Bragollach, where Morgoth might have very well ended the war against him there but Men relieved the Elves in a number of critical locations and prevented a total disaster.
  • Reality Warper: He can conjure up fire and ice out of nowhere, and can even curse the entire race of Men to failure, evil, and misery simply because he wills it.
  • Satanic Archetype: Along with God/Eru, this is the closest JRRT comes to identifying one of his characters with a biblical figure, though it's still not explicit in most texts.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Valar kept him imprisoned in the Halls of Mandos for a long time, but later released him. His unsealing was actually intentional, as it was promised to him by Manwë, who cannot go back on his word.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Originally, he could change to any appearance at all, or become intangible and invisible at will, like all the Ainur who entered Arda. But after he destroyed the Two Trees and darkened Valinor, he became stuck forever in the form of a hideous, ogre-like Dark Lord outwardly embodying all his hate and cruelty. Though he actually liked this form.
  • Slave to PR: Pretty much the only thing that'll get him off his ass outside of the worst case scenario. He likes being taken seriously as the big bad villain everyone fears and respects, and will always move to maintain his Villain Cred in the eyes of others, such as his duel with Fingolfin.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: Given more power and knowledge than any of the other Ainur combined, he possessed tremendous, sorcerous power. He could send out oceans of fire and form frigid tundras, cleave through mountains, corrupt and disfigure all he touched, and even send out waves of pure darkness to destroy all they touched.
  • Strategy Versus Tactics: The Tactician to Sauron's Strategist. While Morgoth is very good in the short term, he is genuinely incapable of following long term plans and objectives (besides his great goal of creating life and destroying Arda and Eä). Meanwhile, Sauron is capable of making thousand years long plans, and has the patience and intelligence to pull them off almost without a hitch. Indeed, he's generally only beaten by unforeseen or unexpected events. It's notable that of the two, Sauron is the one who required Eru's direct intervention (explicit with the sinking of Numenor and bending of the Earth, implicit with the alteration of the Ring's path to find Bilbo).
  • Too Clever by Half: This is one of Morgoth's biggest defects. While he is the greatest being in the entire universe, he is just incapable of thinking and making long term plans, basically guiding himself by whims and ideas and leaving them in without finishing them because of his haste and malice. This ends up screwing him at long term, because he does not really think at the consequences of his actions (which leaves him extremely depowered and vulnerable). The only reason he manages to last that long is because he is still the most powerful being in Eä, and almost impossible to put down.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Melkor's pride never let him figure out that he was this to Eru.
  • Villain Decay: Classic example, beginning his rebellion more powerful than every Vala combined and indeed the most powerful being in existence, second only to Eru himself; he ended his rebellion still frighteningly powerful, but immensely weaker than before as he suffused his energy into Arda itself.
    • Said to be reversed in prophecy, which states he will regain his power and break out of his confinement to begin a final war against the Valar.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Most definitely not too proud to beg, Morgoth swallows his pride and makes false pleas for mercy in the aftermath of both his defeats. The first time he gets it. The second time he's less fortunate.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: There are multiple injuries he sustains and never recovers from: the burns on his hands from the Silmarils, the seven wounds he sustained in his duel with Fingolfin, and the scratches inflicted on his face by the great eagle Thorondor.

A powerful Maia, formerly of Aulë, corrupted to Morgoth's service. He was the Enemy's right-hand. Ruled Tol-in-Gaurhoth in Morgoth's name, where he caused the death of Finrod Felagund before being driven off by Lúthien. Took over his master's position as the pre-eminent force of evil following his defeat. Sauron is the direct cause of the fall of Númenor, whose king and people he corrupted with promises of immortality. He is most well-known as the Big Bad of The Lord of the Rings — for tropes relating to him during that era, see The Lord of the Rings character sheet.
  • Ambition Is Evil
  • A God Am I:He was content with being thought as a god than being the actual one.
  • Arch-Enemy: Or his main enemies: Beren, Celebrimbor, Gil-Galad, Amandil, Elendil, Isildur, Elrond, Galadriel, Gandalf, Aragorn, Cirdan...
  • Bat Out of Hell: The form he takes to flee Huan and Lúthien is a giant bat-thing.
  • Beauty = Goodness: Enjoys screwing with people's expectations by taking on the form of a raging pretty-boy.
  • Black Speech: The inventor and prime user of this trope.
  • Breakout Villain: For a guy who originally started as a giant cat, he ended up being the second most important dark power in the whole Legendarium, and effectively the most well known Tolkien villain (with a decades large cultural influence). While Morgoth overshadows Sauron in-universe, Sauron overshadows Morgoth out of universe.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Celebrimbor (who, as the last descendant of Feanor bar possibly his uncle Maglor, was really trying to redeem his family's reputation). Appeared to him and his people as Annatar, the Lord of Gifts, taught him much (and received the knowledge of the Noldor in return) — then used that combined lore to create the One Ring, torture Celembrimbor into coughing up the locations of the Nine Rings of Men, and the Seven of the Dwarves, and thhen plunge Middle-Earth into four millennia of darkness and war.
  • Canis Major: During his battle with Huan, he tried to become The Greatest Werewolf That Ever Lived and fulfill the prophecy to defeat Huan. It didn't work, but he was a huge werewolf.
  • The Chessmaster: Unlike Melkor, Sauron likes to plan things out in advance.
  • Co-Dragons: One of Melkor's chief lieutenants along with Gothmog the Balrog and, ultimately, Glaurung the actual Dragon.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: If you get captured by Sauron, you can expect this treatment.
  • Consummate Liar: Sauron talks very fast, and very well, and can fool people who quite frankly, should know better. Such as Gorlim, Celebrimbor and Ar-Pharazôn. Hence him eventually being referred to as "Sauron the Deceiver."
  • The Corrupter: The Númenóreans were already having serious issues before he showed up and had already started hating the Elves and Valar, but Sauron is the one who pushed them over the edge into outright Morgoth-worship and human sacrifice, plus brutal imperialism against everyone else, and eventually convinced Ar-Pharazôn to attempt an invasion of Valinor. Just as his former master (who in turn,was the one who corrupted him), everyone who comes into contact with Sauron or a part of Sauron (the one ring, of course) is in risk of getting corrupted. The Nazgûl,the dwarves, the easterlings, haradrims, the black Númenoreans, the Númenoreans (even the "faithful" Númenoreans like Isildur), even the hobbits (specially Smeagol/Gollum), all of them were corrupted by Sauron in one way or the other.
  • Dark Is Evil: He is heavily associated with darkness and shadows, especially after losing his corporeal form. Inverted as Anattar.
  • Deal with the Devil: Gorlim sold him his companions in exchange for his wife and his life. Ended up dead. The Nazgûl took his rings, and ended up becoming undead spectres ensnared to his will, the Númenoreans took his advice and ended up destroyed , the elves (unknowingly) also took their advice, and ended up losing their chance of making a life in middle earth. Everyone who makes a deal or any form of alliance with Sauron ends up betrayed, ruined, dead or worse than dead.
  • Defeat Means Explosion: After the destruction of One Ring (Movie version).
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: He started rebelling against Eru out of a desire for putting the world in perfect order, and even at the end "he still had the relics of positive purposes". His initial attraction to Melkor was due to the latter's power and ability to get his will done. He's even cited as being wiser than his master in his goals.
  • Determinator: A villainous example. No matter how bad things get, Sauron always bounces back from defeat. Until The Lord Of The Rings, where he loses most of his innate force, and is rendered powerless (until the end of the world).
  • Divinely Appearing Demons: His "angelic" guise as Annatar belied his demonic nature and enabled him to manipulate the Elves and Númenoreans. However he ends up with Shapeshifter Mode Lock due to being caught in the destruction of Númenor, meaning he is unable to return to his fair form after that.
  • The Dragon: Morgoth's greatest servant and lieutenant, and second only to his master. He had a part in all the works of Melkor in Arda, and eventually became his successor.
  • Dragon Ascendant: When the Valar take out Morgoth, Sauron soon takes his place as Dark Lord, and eventually claims to be both Morgoth returned and God.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Where Morgoth was an Omnicidal Maniac, Sauron just wanted to create order.
  • Dragon Their Feet: He was hiding during the War Of Wrath after having lost Tol In Gaurhoth to Luthien.
  • Evil Chancellor: To Ar-Pharazôn, who put him on his council and took his advice to worship Morgoth, become an imperialist conqueror, and invade Valinor.
  • Evil Counterpart: Just as Morgoth, he serves as this for many characters:
    • To Melian. She was originally a maiar of Yavanna, as he was one of Aulë. Their domains and powers are in opposite during the War of the Jewels. They are both noted for having extrenely powerful eyes and look.
    • To Eowne. Eowne is Manwë's herald, while Sauron is Morgoth's lieutenant. Eowne is a warrior and the best swordsman on arda, while Sauron is a mastermind and the deadliest sorcerer on the earth. Eowne is good, compassive honest and courageous. Sauron is evil and cruel, a deceiver and will not fight unless necessary. As a fact Sauron surrendered to Eowne after Morgoth fell.
    • To Manwë himself. Their relationship with their superiors (Eru and Morgoth) as the administrators of their Kingdoms, their less creative nature, the way they deal with conflicts through secondary parties from afar, their sight (Manwë is said to be able to see everywhere, the same Saurone), even their homes (Manwë from the taniquetil, tallest mountain on Arda, Sauron from Barad-dur, tallest tower on Arda).
    • As a fact, he is an opposite to himself before his fall into evil. Mairon (which means The Admirable) was a good and noble maiar who wished to bring order and coordination to the universe, while Sauron (means The Ahborred) is a purely evil being bent on dominating all, who brought chaos and destruction over all the places he could.
  • Evil Genius: A brilliant smith that knows just about everything about the substances the Earth is built on that he can engineer. While Melkor's in charge, but Sauron's the brains of the operation.
  • Evil Is Petty: Despite his loftier and more realistic goals, more controlled behaviour, and overall superior planning skills than his master, Sauron ends up being almost as petty as Morgoth. Some examples:
    • Tormenting Gorlim pointlessly, and then killing him.
    • Torturing, killing and using Celebrimbor's body as a banner
    • Destroying the monument the Numenoreans did while they captured him.
    • Torturing Thrain.
    • Planning to torment Frodo for keeping the ring from him.
    • And his overall cruel and sadistic behaviour in general, while serving Morgoth and as a Dark Lord.
    • As a matter of fact, his desire to rule the world ends up being petty. While his original goals were good, or at least well intentioned, and not petty, by the second age onwards (specially the late part), his motivation falls down to the area of ordering the world as he wanted and not as it was better, and all that was more an excuse for his real motivation, that was his selfish desire of ruling and controlling everyone and everything. Despite not wanting to destroy the world, he is still petty in the fact the world has to be from him because he wants to rule, and everyone should bow down to him because he is the greatest being in the earth (the fact that most men who met him crowned him as a god because of his power and knowledge made no favours to him already big pride (big enough to refuse the Valar's opportunity for redemption), which, in words of Tolkien himself, became boundless).
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Like his Master. He takes a good-looking form while corrupting Númenor. However when that is destroyed so is his handsome form, and he is afterwards cursed into only ever being able to take on corporeal forms that reflect his inner hatred and corruption, making him unable to have any other appearance than an Obviously Evil one.
  • The Evils of Free Will: His plan when creating the one ring, to dominate the minds and souls of every living being in the Middle-Earth.
  • Evil Overlord: Ultimately became his own boss in Mordor, after Morgoth got defeated for the second time, and permanently exiled from Arda as a powerless and chained spirit.
    • He is the archetypal Dark lord.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Often called one, in spite of actually being a Physical God.
  • Exact Words: He pulls this on Gorlim, never telling him Eilinen is dead until it is too late. Lately, he suffers from this while facing Huan. It was predicted that the dog would die facing the biggest wolf who ever walked upon earth, so he became that...until then, because the greatest wolf was meant to be Carcharoth.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Very early on, when his love for order caused him to initially fell from grace out of his admiration for the Enemy.
  • Fallen Angel: It might be more fitting to call him one of these, given the lesser status of the Maiar compared to the Valar.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. He couldn't fathom the fact that anyone would even want to destroy the One Ring before it corrupted them, and he never thought anyone would try to get into Mordor in the Third Age. This contributes almost completely to his undoing. While he was right in the fact that no one below his power could effectively throw the ring into the fire, Gollum ended up doing that part, by "accident".
    • Most of Sauron's mayor defeats are because of or related to his pride. He was careless facing Huan as a wolf, and got beaten, losing his tower, his position, and ended up hiding in the forest of Taur Nu Fuir for the next decades until the War of Wrath. Pride also stopped him from effectively repenting from his crimes when he was offered the chance. Then, millenniums later, he sends the numenoreans against the Valar, in war, without expecting that for such an act there would be terrible consequences. Therefore, losing his body, his shape-shifting powers, and all the rest of the empire that was subservient to him (leading to his eventual defeat in the War of the Last Alliance). And then, at the end, he is finally defeated because he left Gollum free, while he knew Gollum could not be tamed or controlled, unless killed. This one ends him up once and for all.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His siver tongue and honeyed words, full of compliments and adulation hide an immensely malevolent being who won't stop at anything to rule the world. His time as Annatar is an excellent example. Same with Ar-Pharazon and Numenor. Even with Gorlim (although his words in there are sweating cruelty and contempt). Or with Beren and Finrod while their were dressed as orcs (there is a constant feeling of threat coming from him all the time).
  • Fighting a Shadow: When Númenor is destroyed his spirit is able to escape.
  • The Ghost: Despite being the second most important evil force in the whole story, being out of universe much more famous than Morgoth, and specially being the main antagonist and titular character of LOTR, Tolkien's most famous work, Sauron ends up being some form of this. While the narrative of the silmarillion is clearly centred on Morgoth, very little is discerned about Sauron original motivations or personality (most of it coming in supplement material), or even role in many of the events; after Morgoth’s return to Angband post-the Darkening of Valinor, Sauron is unmentioned until just after the Dagor Bragollach when he takes Tol Sirion. In fact, not even his real name is mentioned (his original name, Mairon was mentioned by Tolkien in one if his letters, but it is significant that it is never said).
  • God-Emperor: Rules Mordor and the lands of the East and the South as one.
  • Gone Horribly Right: His destruction of Númenór went exactly as planned — problem was, he was still on that continent when it went down and his fair form went with it. He could never appear beautiful after that.
  • Hate Plague: Loosely, the effects of the One Ring and his overall presence. The peoples of the Third Age are notably snappy, paranoid, and distrusting of each other in the wake of his return.
  • The Heavy: During the second and third ages.
    • Also, while Morgoth was imprisoned in Mandos, he assumed command and kept the orcs production and growth continuous until his master's return.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Subverted at the end of the First Age, as even before his backsliding it was more of a case of fear and pragmatism than any genuine guilt.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: He deliberately let the Númenóreans take him captive, so he could destroy their entire civilization from within, in revenge for sending their navy to save the Elves of Middle-earth several generations previous.
  • Irony: As advisor to the king of Númenor, he took the name "Tar Mairon" — in other words, he took a Quenya name like the Faithful when the King's Men were taking names in Adûnaic. Although it is not clear in which language he adopted it, given that in Aramaic he was called Zigûr.
  • Last Stand: During the War of the Last Alliance. He came out personally in the final day of the war during a siege on his fortress, broke the Alliance, killed Elendil and Gil-galad, and nearly won, until Isildur showed up.
  • Light Is Not Good: His guise as Annatar, which is outright described as "angelic". Also, unlike other fallen Ainu, most of his "darkness" is metaphorical; he is actually more associated with fire than anything else, at least until the later Second Age.
  • Magical Eye: Just looking at Sauron directly instills fear and dread in all but the bravest heroes. Best associated with his magical eye after his disembodiment though, which lets him view the entirety of Middle-earth.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Essentially talked Númenor into self-destruction. He can rival his master at this.
    • Generally a poster child for manipulative bastards.
  • The Magnificent: Before he turned evil, his name was Mairon ("Admirable").
  • More Than Mind Control: Can use the One Ring to manipulate the vices of the bearers of other Rings of Power, eventually bringing them under his control (in the case of the Ringwraiths) or to their deaths (like the dwarf kings).
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: The One Ring and his reliance on Men's greed ensured he would have control over them and would eventually be able to return, whether his physical form was destroyed or not.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Sauron" is Quenya for "abomination." His less-often-seen Sindarin name, Gorthaur, means "terrible dread."
  • The Necromancer: He was called this in the earlier Third Age, and he was extremely adept in manipulating the connection between spirits and physical bodies/objects.
  • Obviously Evil: After his modelock, he got stuck in a body like this.
  • One-Winged Angel: His form as the mightiest werewolf in the world that he uses to fight Huan and Lúthien; the Dark Lord form he takes after the Downfall of Númenor might also be considered an example, albeit a permanent one.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Similar to his master. Prefers to supervise rather than get his hands dirty, even though he doesn't have the same problem of mortality.
  • Our Liches Are Different: He imbued the One Ring with the majority of his life-force, enabling him to twice survive the destruction of his physical form and reconstitute himself.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Takes the form of a vampire and a giant bat on occasion. He's also served by several vampires.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The leader of the werewolves, gigantic, wolf/evil spirit crosses.
  • The Power of Hate: Sauron's hatred was poured into the One Ring. In fact, his malice is so strong, it can literally send people into comas.
  • Pride: Just like his master. He had a case form this even from the beginning. He turned on the Valar when he thought Morgoth was the best way to bring order to the universe (even when that clearly meant turning against Eru, his creator, and against his peer's and former master, Aule). He refused the Valar's pardon out of pride. And then, in the second age, his pride became boundless until he became convinced he was the greatest and smartest being in the universe, and that he knew best what was good for everyone (until by the and of the second age and all the third age, when he stopped caring about what was best for anyone and just wanted to rule the world because of his lust for power and delusion that the world was his to rule and take).
  • The Scottish Trope: Rarely referred to by name, and generally called "The Dark Lord", "The Shadow", or "The Enemy". Speaking his name is believed to bring misfortune, and muttering his Black Speech causes all sorts of spooky things to happen, complete with darkening the sky and trembling the Earth.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: After the destruction of Númenor, he can never again assume a form that isn't hideous, hateful, and Obviously Evil.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: He was Morgoth's chief sorcerer during the war.
  • Soul Jar: Using the intel he fielded from Celebrimbor, Sauron forged a gold ring using Orodruin as a forge and imbued it with the majority of his life-force and will.
  • Squishy Wizard: Zig-zagged. He was physically unimpressive next to most Maiar when not One Winged Angeled up, but as a Maia, he was still well beyond the overwhelming majority of Elves and Men. He still only takes the field himself a handful of times, and always loses - though that speaks as much to the level of badass of his adversaries as anything.
    • He once took down a couple of Western lords in single combat. It was a very rare, last-ditch effort, though.
    • In terms of feats of magic however, he is virtually unparalleled. Finrod was bested in a magical singing duel, and the force of his malice alone knocked Lúthien, an enchantress of such might that she could swoon Morgoth, out cold.
  • Treacherous Advisor: To Ar-Pharazôn and Celebrimbor, as well as an Evil Chancellor. All his advice was calculated to bring them and their subjects to utter ruin.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Before he turned evil, Sauron was fascinated by architecture, engineering, and blacksmithing, and even after his journey to the Dark Side he remained one of Arda's finest engineers and smiths, responsible for building everything from the One Ring to Barad-dûr itself, the largest fortress in the history of Middle-earth.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Even for a Maia, he's noted to be skilled at this ability, though it is much restricted (possibly to just his Dark Lord form, but at the very least his fair form becomes permanently off-limits) after he's caught in the Downfall of Númenor.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Compared to his master, Morgoth, he's way less powerful (while still a very powerful Maia, if not the most). However, he is much, much better at using what he has to best effect - where Morgoth got beaten multiple times, and wasted his powers in futile attempts to control the universe, Sauron successfully ensured the destruction of Numenor (with nothing more than patience and smooth-talking), one of its two successor states, Arnor, the Kingdom of the Noldor (personally killing the last High King, Gil-Galad), and effectively crippling Gondor. Oh, and of all of the above, his were the only schemes that necessitated direct intervention from Eru Himself to stop - explicitly when Numenor got drowned, and implicitly when the One Ring found its way to Bilbo.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Pulls one on the Númenóreans after he persuades them into declaring war on the Valar. While it does get out of his control when Eru gets personally involved (resulting in the loss of Sauron's fair form), it's worth noting that the Valar had to lay down their divinity to get Eru involved and he still accomplished his primary goals—the defeat of Ar-Pharazôn and the destruction of the Númenóreans.

A horrific creature of darkness incarnate as a Giant Spider, Ungoliant's origins and history are blurred, though she was involved with Melkor on multiple occasions. Knowing that the latter created all the evil in the world, she probably has some close relation to him. She aided the Dark Lord in the theft of the Silmarils and the destruction of the Two Trees, but was driven off by the Balrogs after they fell to quarreling over the spoils. She later spawned numerous offspring, including Shelob, and ultimately was believed by the Eldar to have perished after devouring herself, though her true fate remains a mystery.
  • Angels, Devils and Squid: She's the squid to Melkor's devil and the Valar's angels.
  • Animalistic Abomination: One of the two Trope Codifiers. Ungoliant is an elder monstrosity whose origin may or may not lie apart from the Ainur, and she eventually swells to nearly godlike power. However, she remains recognizably arachnoid in appearance.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Briefly acts as half of one with Melkor during the Darkening of Valinor. It ends shortly afterwards, when Ungoliant betrays Melkor, and begins fighting with him over the Silmarils.
  • Big Eater: Ungoliant is easily the "poster girl" for this trope. Her motivation seems to consist entirely of eating as much light as possible.
  • Casting a Shadow: Her "Unlight," which is capable of trapping light itself.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She can manipulate her shadows to entrap enemies in webs, and into cords to strangulate them with.
  • Dark Action Girl: Though she hardly counts as a "girl" (she might have counted when she was a Maia, however, if she was ever one), Ungoliant is a female villain, and one who can thoroughly trump all the good guys.
  • Dark Is Evil: She's more or less a personification of darkness and the hatred of light.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: At first. No one knew "from whence she came... from the Outer Darkness, maybe."
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Initially, she served Melkor after the Creation of Arda, but attempted to abandon his service at some point prior to his capture by the Valar in order to become "mistress of her own lust." She ends up working with him again during the Darkening of Valinor, but the motives for her actions still differ from those of her master, to the point where she even becomes The Starscream, and turns on him later on when he refuses to give her the Silmarils.
  • Eldritch Abomination: As close to one as it gets in Tolkien's work. Her Unlight is incomprehensible even to the Valar.
  • Enemy Civil War: With Morgoth over the Silmarils. He won, but only with the Balrogs' help.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Arguably one of her most infamous characteristics is her unusual diet, which includes light itself. She also devours the same spider-creatures that she mates with in the Ered Gorgoroth, and (presumably) the resulting offspring from these unions. Even worse, it's suggested that she met her end by devouring herself when her hunger overcame her.
  • Fallen Angel: The final text of The Silmarillion labels her as probably one more of the Maiar seduced by Melkor, just like the Balrogs or Sauron himself. This is all Depending on the Writer, of course, because the first drafts told she was some kind of avatar of darkness unrelated to the Ainur.
  • Giant Spider: Her form resembles one in shape (eight limbs, bloated sack-like belly, multiple eyes, venomous fangs, armored skin), and she is capable of weaving webs, but she is actually a demonic entity of (presumably) the same order as Sauron and the Balrogs, who assume humanoid forms. And instead of producing silk, she produces Unlight, which she weaves into her webs of darkness.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When she is driven by her lust for light, which is damn near all the time, due to her...
  • God-Eating: Ungoliant's hunger is so great she ends up trying to eat Melkor, though he manages to fend her off with Balrogs.
  • Horror Hunger: Never seems to be satiated, no matter how much she consumes. There is even speculation in the text that she may have ultimately eaten herself.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: She is easily one of the most competent villains to serve Melkor, having made the Darkening of Valinor, the Theft of the Silmarils, and her and Melkor's flight to Middle-earth possible. She was even able to keep Tulkas, who otherwise would have pursued Melkor to the ends of the earth, at bay with her Unlight.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite poisoning the Two Trees, contributing as much harm as Melkor himself during the Darkening of Valinor, and becoming quite possibly one of the most powerful villains in the entire Tolkien legendarium by the time she last appears in the story, she never receives her comeuppance by the Noldor nor the Valar for her evil deeds, nor by Melkor for her treachery. The final text states that some believe she ended devouring herself due to her uncontrolled hunger, but if that was her final fate, it hardly counts as a retribution for all her victims. It's also worth to note that she was originally meant to be killed by Eärendil in the South as part of his voyage into the West, but Tolkien never finished that part of the story.
  • Monster Progenitor: She is the mother of many evil half-spider demigods (including Shelob from The Lord of the Rings), thanks to her many unions with the giant spider-creatures of the Ered Gorgoroth.
  • Mother of a Thousand Young: Her brood are initially countless, although by the end of the Third Age, they seem to have dwindled to Shelob and her own offspring.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Tolkien flip-flopped on what exactly she was; she might've been a creature of the outer darkness, or she might've been a fallen Maia like Sauron.
  • Never Found the Body: It is said that she eventually wandered into the far South where she may have consumed herself, but all which is confirmed is that she simply disappeared.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Just as Morgoth's evil corrupted Arda, he may have also unwittingly corrupted the Void that exists outside the Timeless Halls, thus Ungoliant and her Unlight are of the void itself and even the Valar have trouble standing against her.
  • Parental Incest: Mates with her own offspring to make sure she'll never run out of other spiders to devour.
  • Power-Up Food: During the Darkening of Valinor, the simple sap she drinks from the Trees of Light causes her grow to gigantic proportions and strength, to the point where's she nearly as powerful as Morgoth himself.
  • Psycho for Hire: Morgoth gets her to help ruin Valinor, despite how terrified she is, by offering to pay her in edible light. She's starving, so she agrees.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She attempts to abandon Melkor's service prior to the latter's capture by the Valar, and settled in a ravine in Avathar. Though she is successful in hiding from the hunters of the Valar, Melkor still found her in her lair, and forced her to work for him again. She later does this when she is driven away by Melkor's Balrogs, and again after giving birth to her abominable offspring in Nan Dungortheb, by wandering into "the forgotten South of the world". Her true fate, assuming that her gruesome semi-official ending about eating herself is untrue, is unknown.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She is one of the only two female villains that appear in the book (the other being Thuringwethil,) and the only one that actually appears on screen.
  • The Starscream: When Melkor was exhausted after slashing up the Trees of Light, Ungoliant turned on him and demanded the Silmarils. He didn't give them to her, and almost got eaten.
  • Villainous Glutton: She eats light. As much light as she can. When she drinks the sap of the Two Trees, she "belches forth dark vapor" and becomes so powerful that it terrifies Morgoth.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Even the Valar are confused by her webs of Unlight.

Called the Father of Dragons, Glaurung was one of the greatest of Morgoth's servants in addition to being the first and progenitor of the great worms. He took over as Morgoth's Number Two after Lúthien put Sauron out of commission. He fought at the Dagor Bragollach and the Nírnaeth Arnoediad, and commanded the force that sacked Nargothrond. He was also the primary enforcer of the curse of the House of Húrin, which he executed with tremendous skill and cruelty, only for this to result in his end when Túrin son of Húrin killed him.
  • Arc Villain: He is the main antagonist of most of the Children of Hurin arc of the Silmarillion
  • Achilles' Heel: His soft underbelly, which his descendant Smaug will (almost) correct.
  • Alien Blood: His blood is either an extremely corrosive acid, scalding hot, or both.
  • Archenemy: Of Turin, whose life he went out of his way to ruin on orders from Melkor. Turin returned Glaurung's loathing and dedicated much of his life to ridding the world of the Great Worm.
  • Bad Boss: Denies his Orcs any part in the sack of Nargothrond, killing or punishing any who try, all so that he can keep the whole of its treasure for himself.
  • Breath Weapon: He was an Urulókë, which literally means "fire-serpent", and was thus among the Dragons capable of breathing fire.
  • The Chessmaster: Possibly. While he was the enforcer of the curse of the House of Húrin, it's unclear how much of this was his own machinations and how much was him following Morgoth's orders. He goes his way out to inflict psychological torture in which he delights, so he definitely had personal input.
  • Co-Dragons: With Gothmog and Sauron during the middle portion of the First Age. Bonus points for being a literal dragon
  • Dying Smirk: Glaurung's last act is to laugh in Nienor's face as he reveals the truth about her marriage to her.
  • Evil Genius: See Manipulative Bastard below for details on how clever this guy is.
  • Famous Last Words: He used his to reveal that Túrin had married his sister.
  • Father Of A Thousand Young: The entire species of Dragons was bred from Glaurung. That's a lot of children for one big reptile. While some are wingless fire drakes like him, there are also cold-drakes, classic flying dragons, and god only knows what else.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Glaurung affects the personality and mannerisms of a classic snake oil salesman.
  • First Of Its Kind: Where exactly Glaurung came from is unknown, but he was undoubtedly the first fire-drake and ancestor of later dragons.
  • Genius Bruiser: Not only is he a massive and extremely powerful dragon, he's also an excellent strategist and manipulator.
  • Greed: Like most dragons to follow him, Glaurung is wired to desire gold and gems.
  • The Heavy: Melkor's in back of him, but it's Glaurung who drives the plot of The Children of Hurin.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Glaurung's eyes can paralyze anyone who so much as glances into them, after which he is free to alter their emotions and memories as he sees fit.
  • The Juggernaut: If you don't hit his achilles heel, Glaurung is all but unstoppable.
  • Kaiju: Glaurung's size is never explicitly stated, but he's clearly somewhere in the hundreds of feet.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While Ungoliant and Morgoth sure are more dangerous than him, Glaurung is a particularly intimidating villain due to how personal, petty and downright horrifying his actions are. The fact that he abuses mental manipulation and goes his way out to psychologically torture his enemies makes his role on the story especially disturbing. Morgoth is largely a destructive force, but Glaurung enjoys taking his time to inflict great pain and suffering, which are explicitly shown on scene.
  • The Magnificent: One his epithets was "the Golden." There's also "The Father of Dragons" and "The Great Worm" or "Worm of Morgoth".
  • Manipulative Bastard: The way he screws with Túrin is horrifically brilliant. Playing off the latter's pride, he manipulates him into abandoning Finduilas, wasting time running off to Hithlum, and marrying his sister.
  • Mind Control: His signature ability, as long as he can look a victim in the eye.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: With his last words, he brought Morgoth's curse to terrible fulfilment. Not that he was planning to die, but he sure took advantage of that event.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: For one thing, he's a wingless Urulókë rather than a winged dragon, therefore resembling those from Norse mythology. For another, he's a Manipulative Bastard in the same vein as Sauron, who enforces a curse with skill and panache; for a third, he was the first Dragon ever created and the progenitor of all of Arda's future Drake's and serpents.
  • Red Baron: In addition to his epithets "the Deceiver" and "the Golden", he's known as the Worm of Greed, the Father of Dragons, and the Great Worm.

Gothmog was the Lord of Balrogs and High-Captain of Angband, one of Melkor's greatest servants. He was the general of Melkor's armies, leading them in the Wars of Beleriand.

     Ancalagon the Black 
The largest of all winged dragons, Ancalagon was unleashed during the final storming of Angband and was killed by Eärendil after a battle that lasted all night.
  • Back from the Dead: He will be resurrected in the Last Battle, where Túrin will slay him before taking down his master Morgoth.
  • Dark Is Evil: He's mentioned to be black in color.
  • Giant Flyer: Ancalagon had the distinction of being the largest flying dragon — and likely the largest flying creature — to ever live.
  • Kaiju: All dragons may fall into this category but he stands out the most as he is so enormously large that when he was killed, he destroyed three mountains that have roughly 35000 feet in height and 5 miles in diameter.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Rushing Jaws".

The ruler and father of werewolves. He is sent by Sauron after Lúthien but killed by Huan.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Returns to his master Sauron's feet to die.
  • Almost Dead Guy: Before he dies returns to Sauron and tells him "Huan is here."
  • Canis Major: In his day he was both the first and the greatest of the werewolves. He would only be surpassed in this regard by his son, Carcharoth.
  • First Of Its Kind: Like Glaurung, the first and father of werewolves.
  • Monster Progenitor: For werewolves being the first of the kind and father of the species.
  • Mugged for Disguise: After he dies first Huan then Beren wear his skin (perhaps not literally, but you never know).
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: An evil spirit bound to Melkor's service and placed in the shape of a giant wolf.
  • Savage Wolves: Like all those who followed him he is utterly evil, save perhaps for his loyalty to Sauron.
  • Talking Animal
  • The Worf Effect: Introduced as the most terrible of werewolves but gets killed by Huan shortly after.

A mysterious character mentioned in the Lay of Leithian. She was a vampire that took the form of a bat serving Sauron as a messenger. Next to nothing is known of her or her kind, but she is often referenced in the discussion whether vampires exist in Middle-earth.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: Everything which is known about her in Tolkien's writings.
  • Fallen Angel: Possibly; the description of hers which says that she used to "take the form" of a bat suggests she could have been a Maia like Sauron and the balrogs.
  • The Ghost: As said, never appears on screen. All we know about her is contained in an offhand mention about Lúthien taking her shape after ruining Tol-in-Gaurhoth. We don't even know if she is alive or dead at that moment, though she is presumably the latter.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "Woman of Secret Shadow," and she is such a mysterious shadow that we never get to see her.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Lúthien wears her form to travel through Morgoth's lands.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: She is vampiric, evil, and connected with bats.
  • Posthumous Character: Her status during the time of the story is never revealed, but most speculation is that she was killed or slain before or during the events.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Almost all of the truly evil bad guys are indeed guys. The only other female villain is Ungoliant, and she too is a loner who just happened to side with Melkor momentarily. This makes Thuringwethil the only known female in the servitude of Melkor.

Morgoth knew the prophecy that Huan the great hound could only ever be killed by "the mightiest werewolf to ever live." So he bred Carcharoth for that exact purpose, feeding him (live) Elves and Men and filling him with power.
  • Angry Guard Dog: He was the guardian of the gates of Angband. Lúthien was able to enchant him to allow her and Beren to get in. Pity he woke up when they came out...
  • Axe-Crazy: Driven out of mind by the pain of the Silmaril that he swallowed.
  • Avenging the Villain: Bred by Melkor to avenge his father, Draugluin, who was slain by Huan.
  • Canis Major: Literally the greatest werewolf to ever live, he contains a part of Melkor's own power.
  • I Have Many Names: Werewolf or not, he's still a Tolkien character and as such has several names. None of which are pleasant.
    • Carcharoth, "the Red Maw".
    • Anfauglir, "the Jaws of Thirst".
  • Large and in Charge: Said to be the largest and mightiest werewolf in existence.
  • Mutual Kill: Manages to kill both Beren (who got better) and Huan (who didn't); and in turn was killed by them.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The single greatest werewolf to ever serve Melkor, he is an evil spirit in the form of a gigantic wolf and infested with a fraction of Melkor's own power.
  • The Paragon: As noted above, the mightiest werewolf to ever live.
  • Rampage from a Nail: Although evil and violent to begin with, after he bites off Beren's hand and swallows the Silmaril he goes on an absolute rampage. Probably one of the most extreme examples in deadliness, both in terms of the pain and the rampage.
  • Savage Wolves: Even by Tolkein's standards, with his final rampage leaving countless dead.

The First Generation of Elven Royalty

Notice that all the characters in this folder aren't necessarily of the first generation of Elves, but they're the founding members of the royal Elven houses. Most of the plot of The Silmarillion stems from the drama they started.

The High King of the first Elven clan, the Vanyar or Fair Elves. Also considered to be the High King of all Elves. Ingwë was one of the three envoys brought to Valinor by Oromë, making him one of the first Elves to see the light of the Two Trees. All of his people, the Vanyar, followed him to the West, and only a few took part in Fëanor's rebellion. Ingwë never again set foot on Middle-earth, and rules all the Elves of Valinor from Taniquetil, beneath the throne of Manwë. His niece Indis married Finwë.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Though some of the Noldor — especially in the House of Fëanor — might have different opinions.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: The ruler of the Fair Elves, the wisest and holiest of the elven peoples, who almost all have golden hair. Unlike the other two clans, every last one emigrated to Valinor, where they live especially close to the Valar. Many other golden-haired elves in the story, such as Finrod and Galadriel, inherited theirs from his niece, Indis.
  • The High King: Of all Elves.
  • Meaningful Name: Christopher Tolkien notes that his name is probably a reference to "Yngvi," an alternate name for the god Frey, king of the light-elves in Norse Mythology.
  • Royal Blood: Having him in your family tree instantly makes you a person of importance, and many characters in the legendarium indeed are his relatives in a way or another. It goes as far as Eldarion, the son of Aragorn and Arwen.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Mentioned specifically for being a rare Middle-earth aversion. While he is looked up as the Highest of the High, after leading his people into Valinor he ceases to be an active part of the story. His influence is only seen through his descendants.

The High King of the second Elven clan, the Noldor or Deep Elves. Finwë accompanied Ingwë and his dear friend Elwë as the first Elves to see Valinor. His first wife, Míriel, died not long after giving birth to their son Fëanor, and he married Indis, Ingwë's niece. However, it didn't work as well as he hoped. When Fëanor was exiled from Tirion for threatening to murder his half-brother Fingolfin, Finwë went with him to Formenos out of love. Melkor slew Finwë there when he stole the Silmarils, making Finwë the first victim of violence and murder in the Blessed Realm.
  • Divorce Requires Death: Finwë's intention of getting married with Indis after Míriel's death causes much ado, as from the point of view of the Valar and the Elves this would have meant he had two wives. Eventually the Valar decided they can get married, but only if Míriel remains in the Halls of Mandos for ever. Finwë initially just hopes the news will convince Míriel to finally come back to life, but she refuses, so he remarries.
  • Doting Parent: To Fëanor, his favorite.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Ultimately. After he dies and meets Míriel again in the Halls of Mandos, he tells her all that has happened since her death, and she starts yearn to live again. Because the Valar have decided he cannot have two living wives, he chooses to stay dead himself so that Míriel can return to life. Even Mandos approves.
  • Last Stand: Alone against Melkor in Formenos.
  • Love Epiphany: While still mourning Míriel, he walks up the mountain of Taniquetil where Ingwë's family lives, and seeing him Indis is so happy she spontaneously bursts into a song. Hearing her singing makes Finwë realize their mutual feelings.
  • Love Hurts: Oh does it ever... when your wife dies and you know you will never join her.
  • Love Triangle: Míriel > Finwë < Indis
  • The Mourning After: After Míriel's death.
  • Parents as People: Tries his best to be a good husband and a father, but is somewhat biased towards Fëanor, and doesn't always make the best of choices. Both in-universe and in the fandom, some consider his decision to marry Indis to be a mistake in the first place.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Though Fëanor never gives it a chance, even refusing to live with them and moving out as soon as he could after the marriage.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The only High King the Noldor can agree on.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Has his head smashed and is left to be found by his family, finishing Fëanor's descent into villainy.
  • Suddenly Suitable Suitor: To Indis. She had loved him since long ago, but because he was already married, she thought it would never be. Then he became a widower...

Finwë's first wife and the mother of Fëanor. Giving birth to him exhausted her of all her strength, and she wished to die a true, mortal death. As an immortal Elf, this was beyond her reach. Instead she departed from her body and willingly passed into the Halls of Mandos. She refused to return to the world of the living even though Finwë begged her many times. Because of this, Finwë was granted the right to marry Indis on the condition Míriel would never return, as one man cannot have two living wives by Valarin law. Even knowing this, Míriel still refused reincarnation.
  • Betty and Veronica: Is Veronica to Indis' Betty.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Wonderfully Averted. When she hears about all that happened after her death, she isn't one bit jealous of Indis, but glad that she made Finwë happier.
  • Death by Childbirth: An unusual example of the trope: she doesn't die in childbirth or immediately after, but becomes so exhausted and weary of life that she desires death and doesn't last much longer.
  • First Girl Wins: It seem like she loses and Indis is victorious, but it becomes more and more clear that even when with Indis, Finwë can't forget Míriel, and in the end their marriage is more or less over. Finwë claims he loves them both just as much.
  • First Love: To Finwë.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: She speaks an archaic form of Quenya that has fallen out of use with the other Elves, and insists that her epithet at least is pronounced as she prefers it ("Therindë" instead of "Serindë".) Fëanor turns the pronunciation difference into a political shibboleth in his feud against his half-brothers.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Finwë.
  • Missing Mom: To Fëanor.
  • Motor Mouth: Not quite. She is proud of her skill to speak fast while remaining understandable.
  • Pride: Fëanor inherited his from her, along with a stubborn streak wider than a continent.

The Vanyarin niece of High King Ingwë, the second wife of High King Finwë, and the mother of Fingolfin, Finarfin, and their two sisters (Findis and Írimë) who never get mentioned. Indis had loved Finwë for a long time, and when he was widowed she brought joy back into his life. However, Míriel's shadow didn't leave their family.
  • Betty and Veronica: Is Betty to Míriel's Veronica.
  • The Cutie: Sweet, pretty, feminine, likes dancing and singing. Be sure bad things happen to her loved ones.
  • Devoted to You: Devoted to Finwë even though it seemed impossible she could ever get him.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: What little we know of Indis seems to indicate that she is very gentle, kind and patient like all of her Vanyarin kin. She also possesses the golden hair of the Vanyar, this being one of the reasons she was given the epithet 'The Fair', the other being her great beauty. She passed the trait of golden Vanyarin hair to her youngest son Finarfin and his children who were the only Noldorin noble house to sport fair hair, most famously through her granddaughter Galadriel who became famous for her glorious, shiny silver-gold tresses.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: She outlives her son Fingolfin, her grandsons Fingon, Turgon, Argon, Finrod, Angrod, and Aegnor, her granddaughter Aredhel, her great-grandsons Maeglin and Orodreth, her great-great-grandson Gil-galad, her great-great-grandaughter Finduilas, and two of her half-elven descendants, Elros and Arwen, who chose mortal lives, plus dozens of generations of Elros' mortal descendants.
  • Romancing the Widow: She loved him from afar for years, without any bitterness when he married another woman, but she couldn't help letting her love for him show when he visited her uncle after his wife died.
  • Second Love: To Finwë. But he never quite gets over the First Love.
  • Wicked Stepmother: How Fëanor sees her, though she averts the trope.

     Elwë Singollo / Elu Thingol 
The High King of the third Elven clan, the Teleri ("last-comers"). He remained in Middle-earth and became the king of the Sindar, or Grey Elves, a branch of Teleri who stayed in Middle-Earth. His brother Olwë became the king of those Teleri who journeyed to Valinor. See below under House of Thingol for tropes pertaining to him.

After Elwë's disappearance, the Teleri who did not stay to search for him chose his brother Olwë as their new High King. Olwë reluctantly left Middle-Earth to lead his people to the Blessed Realm, where they settled on its outer shores. This small remnant of the Teleri became known as the Falmari, or Sea Elves. Olwë's daughter Eärwen married Finwë's son, Finarfin, making Olwë the grandfather of Finrod and Galadriel. When Fëanor came to the Falmari demanding ships, Olwë refused, and Fëanor slaughtered Olwë's people — the Kinslaying. Olwë survived and helped his people recover.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Outlives his grandsons Finrod, Angrod and Aegnor, his great-grandson Orodreth, his great-great-granddaughter Finduilas, his great-great-grandson Gil-galad, and his great-granddaughter Arwen.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He refused to aid Fëanor in his endeavor

The House of Fëanor

Fëanor was the son of Finwë, King of the Noldorin Elves. His spirit was so fiery that the strain of giving birth to him eventually killed his mother. He was the greatest of the elves in craftsmanship, and one of the most knowledgeable. Unfortunately, he was also extremely proud and arrogant. Fëanor swore revenge on Morgoth when Morgoth murdered his father and stole the Silmarils (holy jewels) he had made, and led the Noldor out of Valinor into Middle-Earth to fight him, slaughtering the Teleri to steal their ships and betraying his half-brothers' people by abandoning them. Fëanor was killed in battle by Gothmog shortly after arriving in Beleriand; his rage was so great, his spirit incinerated his body as it left.
  • Accidental Murder: His youngest son, Amras, wanted to sail back home. Knowing this, Fëanor burned his ship — later to hear that Amras was in it at the time. This did not happen in the 1977 Silmarillion.
  • Aloof Big Brother: To Fingolfin and Finarfin. He wanted nothing at all to do with them.
  • And I Must Scream: Because of Fëanor's crimes and/or refusal to repent them, after his death he was imprisoned in the Halls of Mandos until the end of the world.
  • Anti-Hero: One of the best examples of a Broken Ace in Literature, his actions leave his tribe of Elves cursed for centuries and though he was an enemy of Morgoth he led the first killing of Elf by Elf over some ships he was trying to steal.
  • The Atoner: According to information about the Dagor Dagorath, Fëanor's spirit will be freed in time for the last battle against darkness, and to give the Silmarils to Yavanna so that the Two Trees can be revived.
  • Badass Bookworm: One of his earliest achievements was when he invented the modern Elvish alphabet. It just goes on from there.
  • The Berserker: Fatally so — see Determinator.
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Fëanor was the most ingenious elf that ever lived, while Fingolfin was the strongest and most valiant. Downplayed; Fëanor was no weakling, and and Fingolfin was no fool.
  • Broken Ace: He may have been the handsome crown prince who improved the work of previous linguistics and jewel smiths while still a youngster, invented a new writing system to be used by all races from there on, and created the Middle-Earth internet, but Fëanor was still a wreck of raging personal issues waiting to burst.
  • Byronic Hero: Fëanor didn't give a crap about anybody's concepts of morality, not even the archangels appointed by God to oversee the universe. He single-mindedly insisted on his way until it killed him.
  • Cain and Abel: He was the Cain to his half-brothers Fingolfin's and Finarfin's split role of Abel. He threatened to murder Fingolfin in cold blood and later abandoned him to cross the Grinding Ice on foot.
  • The Charmer: Convinced most of the Noldor to follow him to Middle-Earth to get revenge on Morgoth and made his seven sons swear an oath with him to reclaim the Silmarils. Can come across as a deconstruction, as he led the Elves engaging into a Kinslaying and left them cursed for centuries.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: He believed that the sound change of th > s in Quenya was a conspiracy of the Valar against him and his mother, and used it as a political litmus test in his feud over his brothers' (equally nonexistent) plots against him. Ironically, most elven scholars believed that the change was a mistake, but Fëanor made it so political that he turned every sympathetic ear against him.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Fëanor believed that the Valar were plotting against him and the Noldor, and that his brothers planned to take his place. This caused him to antagonize them, which by time and enough Dog Kicking on Fëanor's part turned them against him for real. Ultimately, the Noldor were ruined and (temporarily) abandoned by the Valar, and the House of Fëanor lost not only its place as the leading House of the Noldor, but any place it had amongst the elves at all.
  • Decoy Protagonist: A sizable portion of the first third of the story deals with Feanor, his accomplishments and sins, but then he dies immediately after he gets to Middle Earth. Downplayed, as it's clear the story has rotating perspectives.
  • Despair Event Horizon: At Finwë's death and the theft of his Silmarils.
  • Determinator: To a point. He and his house made it to Beleriand after breaking the "necessary" eggs, dispersing Morgoth's host in "The Battle Under the Stars". But he wasn't finished, and just had to attack Angband itself. He was mortally wounded in combat with multiple Balrogs... Balrogs whom he had stupidly chased while they were in retreat with the Orc army, and then refused to flee when they turned to attack him.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He loved both his parents, but it was the death of his father that drove him over the Despair Event Horizon: "For his father was dearer to him than the Light of Valinor or the peerless work of his hands; and who among sons, of Elves or of Men, have held their fathers of greater worth?"
  • Fallen Hero: He was the mightiest, most skilled, most puissant of all the elven race... and the source of their greatest woes. See You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good.
  • Fetus Terrible: While not a monster in the womb, Fëanor's birth sucked out all of his mother's life energy, causing her to fall victim to a (somewhat belated) Death by Childbirth. Then he quickly grew up to become something great and terrible.
  • For Science!: Wandered around Valinor seeking the unknown boundaries of knowledge.
  • Freudian Excuse: Fëanor not only had the luck of being born into the only broken family in a Physical Heaven where everyone else was happy, but he was also the cause of his family becoming unhappy simply by being born.
  • Freudian Trio: With his brothers. He is clearly the Id, hot-blooded and impulsive, caring only for his own desires.
  • General Ripper: Gained a deep paranoia and disdain for his superiors and even his own soldiers, at one point leaving many of them to die because of them "not being loyal enough". Everyone else was a coward or a traitor, and only he was doing what was right... so he thought.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Jealous of his father's affection (despite being and remaining the favorite), Fëanor never gave his stepmother a chance, and despised his half-siblings before they were even born.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After his father's death.
  • Heroic BSoD: Thanks to Melkor, who else. When he hears the news of what has happened in Formenos, he falls down to the ground unable to speak, then curses Melkor renaming him as Morgoth ("the Dark Enemy"), and runs into the night, crying. The other Elves seriously worried he'd become suicidal.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Let's take stock: Massacre? Yep, killed the Teleri. Betrayal? Yep, abandoned 2/3 of the Noldor forces because they weren't loyal to him. Accidentally murdered his own son? Check. He also rebelled against the legitimate kinship of Manwë.
  • Hot-Blooded: Oh so very much. His name doesn't mean "Spirit of Fire" for nothing.
  • I Gave My Word: The "Oath of Fëanor", swearing by Ilúvatar, Manwë, Varda, and Mount Taniquetil to reclaim the Silmarils, no matter the cost in other peoples' lives.
  • Incest Subtext: There are definite subtextual implications that he may have harboured less than pure intentions towards Galadriel, the daughter of his half-brother Finarfin. He was so enamored with her beautiful silver-golden hair that he begged her three times for a strand and each time she denied him, as in Fëanor, Galadriel (who was gifted with foresight and the ability to 'peer into the minds of others') could see only darkness.
  • Insufferable Genius: The most brilliant Elven craftsman ever to live, and very much aware of it.
  • Ironic Echo: When Fëanor gave his speech to convince the Noldor to go war against Morgoth, he wound up repeating several of Morgoth's lies. By that point, he probably believed them.
  • Jerkass: His behavior towards the other houses of the Noldor was obnoxious and threatening, even before he started murdering elves.
  • Loners Are Freaks: While having a close relationship with his father, and a family of his own, Fëanor had certain antisocial tendencies, something that Tolkien often gave to his more edgy characters. He worked alone, accepted no advice from anyone save Nerdanel, often kept his findings secret from his colleagues, didn't live with his father's new family or apparently not at any fixed point, but wandered around the far reaches of Valinor with his sons...
  • Lost Technology: And Lost Scientific Knowledge in general, thanks to him keeping much of his superior knowledge to himself rather than sharing it with his colleagues. This is why nobody knows how the Fëanorian Lamps work, or has extensive knowledge of the Valarin language.
  • Mad Scientist: Fëanor created the Silmarils to capture the light of Valinor. In some versions it's said he originally wrought them with the wish to make sure their light would live on forever. Yet later he refused to give them up to save the Two Trees of Valinor, adding to the ironic tragedy of it all.
  • Married to the Job: Varies. Sometimes Fëanor was absolutely devoured by his work, but then lost interest and dropped the project without a second thought. Because of this, many of his works were left unfinished.
  • Missing Mom: Tolkien loved giving this to his darker characters, an echo of his own similar trauma. Originally — and in the published Silmarillion — Míriel died soon after giving birth to Fëanor, and it's specifically mentioned he had never seen her. In a later version Míriel lived on for some time until she gave into her sickness.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: You hear rumours that your half-brother wants to usurp your place as the heir and your father's favourite? Wear armor and threaten him with your sword in front of the whole court. Morgoth kills your father, steals your precious Silmarils and flees to the Middle-Earth? Start the rebellion with your fellow Noldor against him and his "accomplices", The Valar. The Teleri don't want to give your army their ships, which are needed to cross the sea betweeen Valinor and Middle-Earth? Massacre them! The ships are only enough to carry the part of your army that is loyal exclusively to you? Cross the sea, leave other part of the army, lead by your aforementioned half-brother, and burn the ships! The enemy flees before your army to their fortress? Chase them! Kill them all! You lie dying of your wounds? Order your sons to fulfill the Oath you gave to get the Silmarils back no matter the cost.
  • No Body Left Behind: His spirit burned so powerfully that it incinerated his body upon dying.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: If Fëanor has any redeeming traits, it's that he apparently had no interest in a drawn out conflict with The Enemy. Immediately after making landfall and beating back the Orcs, his singular purpose was to assault Angband and confront Morgoth. No plan, no backup, just him and whatever warriors he had at his side. Of course, the King never got inside and his judgement was compromised by his rage but it's something to note.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: The Silmarils. Fëanor even outright stated that he would never be able to create something like them again.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Not necessarily a villain, but whether Fëanor knew it or not, leading his people to Middle Earth saved the native Elves and the Dwarves from extermination. Even if Thingol could just stay in Doriath indefinitely, everyone around Melian's Girdle would be doomed, but for the Coming of the Noldor.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: So much so that Fëanor received something of a Memetic status in-universe. Later generations assume that he knew Khuzdul, etc. just because, well, Fëanor.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: He was basically the elven ideal — and then it all went so horribly wrong...
  • Parental Favoritism: Was his father's favourite, and himself favored Curufin out of his sons. It's also mentioned he loved Amrod more than Amras.
  • Pride: The poster child, in one more parallel between him and Melkor, whom he hated.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: While he didn't intend to directly attack the Valar or Eru, he openly rebelled against their authority without forgetting to insult them, and his Oath was considered to be a Blasphemous Boast.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He was Red Oni to everybody else, but most significantly to Fingolfin and Nerdanel.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Culminating in his berserker attack on an entire army of orcs and their Balrog rearguard.
  • Rousing Speech: Naturally, as Fëanor was just that good at everything, he was also a great orator when he put his mind to it.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He was also a king who actually did some things. Pretty insane, horrible, evil things, mind, but things nonetheless. And he certainly wasn't staying at the rear in battles — in fact, that's what killed him.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With his half-siblings, especially Fingolfin. When remarrying, his father and stepmother did their best to make him feel wanted, and his siblings also tried to be friends with him. Fëanor didn't cooperate, and finally his own behaviour caused his conspiracy theories to come true.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: After everything he created, established, and destroyed among the Eldar in the Blessed Realm, Fëanor gets himself killed less than a fortnight after landing on the shores of Beleriand in pursuit of Morgoth. His sons are left to continue the entire war (which lasts almost six hundred years) without him.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Said to have had raven dark hair, fair face and piercing eyes.
  • Teen Genius: Improved on the work of previous masters while still in his youth.
  • This Means War!: His response to Morgoth's theft of the Silmarils, which drags his entire House and its followers along for a ride that lasts the better part of a thousand years.
  • Tragic Hero: Feanor, after being fooled by the lies of Morgoth, brought darkness to Valinor by refusing to donate the Silmarils to bring light and life back to the Two Trees Melkor had poisoned. He then declared a fruitless war against Morgoth, bringing doom to all who followed him back to Middle-earth for the entire First Age of Middle-earth. This ends up getting him killed.
  • Übermensch: Peerless craftsman and inventor, brilliant linguist, devastatingly skilled orator, fierce warrior, the father of more children than any other Elf in recorded history.
    • That last probably has more to do with his wife than him, not that he didn't play a rather large role in their creation. It's just that giving birth is specifically stated to be spiritually draining for elf women, so giving birth to seven children showcases Nerdanel's own power instead. Which makes sense, considering that this is Fëanor's wife we're talking about here.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Created the Silmarils, the Palantíri, and the Fëanorian Lamps, besides more mundane things like weapons and armor (that a peaceful society in a worldly paradise never actually needed).
  • Unwitting Pawn: Fëanor already hated Melkor with a passion in Valinor and refused to have anything to do with him. Unfortunately, he didn't realize that Melkor was subtly manipulating his dreams, suspicions, and pride, which ultimately turned Fëanor against his own half-brothers and the Valar themselves.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: How the Valar felt about him during his rebellion. Manwë wept to think that Fëanor had fallen and wouldn't repent, no less than he wept for the Two Trees.
  • You Killed My Father: To Morgoth.

The daughter of the renowned Noldorin smith Mahtan, Nerdanel was a strong and intelligent woman. She was a gifted sculptor and a blacksmith, even though smithery was usually seen as something belonging to men. She and Fëanor met and married young. They had seven children, more than any other Elven couple ever. Nerdanel was the only person Fëanor took advice from, but later on his growing instability and foul deeds separated them, causing her to finally leave him.
  • All There in the Manual: Most of what we know of her is from The History of Middle-earth series.
  • Birds of a Feather: While she lacked Fëanor's rashness, stubbornness, and egotism, essentially they were very similar in nature. They were both adventurous, very gifted in their chosen field(s), and loved knowledge, science, and the arts.
  • Daddy's Girl: Perhaps, as Nerdanel inherited most of her qualities from Mahtan, shared his masculine interests, and in some versions, after breaking up with Fëanor, she moved back home to live with him.
  • Divorce Assets Conflict: Her and Fëanor's break-up did not go nicely. During their last meeting, Nerdanel begged Fëanor to leave a few of their children with her. In the end, Fëanor refused.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: After establishing their rule in the new realms of Beleriand, Nerdanel's and Fëanor's sons took new Sindarin names by translating their old Quenya names into Sindarin. Only Curufin used the name that he had received from Fëanor, all of the others used the names that Nerdanel had given them.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: She outlived six of her sons, Maedhros, Celegorm, Caranthir, Curufin, Amrod, and Amras, and her grandson Celebrimbor.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Fëanor's Red. Nerdanel calmed him down and gave Fëanor wise advice as long as she possibly could.
  • Stronger Than They Look: As an elf maiden, tomboy or no, Nerdanel was surely unassuming. But her fertility and ability to survive seven sons, each the offspring of a man with a shockingly powerful spirit (and Maedhros in particular is a formidable spirit in his own right) are proof that she was unique among Elven women.
  • Tomboy: In contrast to most other elven women, Nerdanel had a very masculine profession and enjoyed being outdoors.
  • Trophy Wife: Subverted in-universe. When Fëanor chose her as his wife, some elves were surprised by this since Nerdanel wasn't "among the most beautiful" of the elven ladies out there — possibly a reference to her ruddy complexion.
  • Women Are Wiser: More balanced that Fëanor, for all her tomboyish qualities.
  • Wrench Wench: Of The Blacksmith variety. Though her skills extended beyond just that.

The oldest son of Fëanor and Nerdanel. Maedhros was more temperate and less rash than his younger brothers, but only relatively speaking: he was still rash by normal standards. Maedhros was captured by Morgoth, tortured, and then chained to Thangorodrim by his right hand. He was finally rescued by his cousin and best friend, Fingon, but at the expense of his hand. He later became one of the leaders of the Noldor in the war against Morgoth, ruling his brothers' hosts from the hill of Himring, but ultimately failed because of the Oath. Later on, Maedhros came to hate and regret the Oath and the awful deeds he had committed to regain the Silmarils. He was one of the few to survive the war against Morgoth, but after he tried to steal back the Silmarils, they burnt his hand so badly that he leapt into a fiery chasm to escape the pain.
  • Abdicate the Throne: He willingly abdicates in favor of his uncle Fingolfin in order to heal the divisions among the Noldor.
  • Anti-Villain: Of the tragic type.
  • The Atoner: His abdication in favour of Fingolfin, attempts to keep his brothers in line and, with Maglor, fostering Elros and Elrond after the last Kinslaying (especially since he'd desperately tried and failed to find and save their uncles, Elured and Elurin, after the Second Kinslaying), were all attempts at atonement. While they may have failed on a personal level, he did succeed in healing the divisions between the Noldor to an extent, kept his brothers out of trouble for a lot longer than would otherwise have been possible, and ended up raising Elrond and Elros to be two of the greatest heroes in Middle Earth's history.
  • Broken Ace: A legendary swordsman with either hand (indeed, he actually ended up better with his left hand after he lost his right), an astute politician (ceding the High Kingship of the Noldor to his half-uncle in order to heal the divisions among the Noldor, and keeping his rasher brothers away from other Noldor forces to prevent further conflict), a skilled diplomat where the Silmarils weren't concerned (forming the Union of Maedhros which kept Morgoth penned in for centuries), a skilled general, and a surprisingly good surrogate father figure to Elrond and Elros (though Maglor did most of the raising), raising both to become legends, the former a byword for wisdom for ages after. Oh, and he was probably the best-looking elf from a very good looking family. He also lost a hand after years of torture by Morgoth drove him over the Despair Event Horizon, felt/was compelled by the Oath to commit atrocities (it's ambiguous how much literal force it had) which he tried to forswear at least once, and had to deal with both the legacy of his father's actions and try and control his more psychotic brothers, whose actions arguably did fatal damage to the Union of Maedhros, and finally committed suicide after he finally got his hands on a Silmaril and it burned him, driving him to realise how far he'd fallen. If it wasn't for the Oath, he'd probably have been a legend on par with his uncle Fingolfin.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Maedhros hit this on Thangorodrim when he asked Fingon to slay him (Fingon refused). He hit it a second time after stealing a Silmaril, but that time he killed himself.
  • The Dreaded: To Orcs, who ran away in terror at the sight of him.
  • Driven to Suicide: Twice. The second time he succeeded by throwing himself into a chasm of fire.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: While Maglor did most of the actual raising, like his brother, he hated the atrocities he'd been compelled to commit, and tried to raise Elrond and Elros to be better — and considering how both turned out, it was a pretty spectacular success.
  • Fiery Redhead: He was less vicious than his father and brothers, but he grew fiercer, more rash, and more impatient as the First Age went on.
  • Handicapped Badass: His right hand was cut off. He trained himself to be more deadly with his left.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: When captured by Morgoth and chained to a cliff. Fingon almost shot him, but instead decided free Maedhros by cutting off his hand.
  • I Gave My Word: He and all of his brothers took the Oath of Fëanor, their father, to do anything necessary to recover the Silmarils, even if it meant sacking the last elvish haven in Beleriand. He and Maglor were the only ones who didn't die in battle because of this Oath.
  • Incest Subtext: With his half cousin Fingon. They are incredibly close despite Fingon believing he was abandoned to almost certain death. Fingon's rescue of Maedhros actually has quite a few parallels to the tale of Beren and Lúthien, the most legendary love story in-universe.
  • In-Series Nickname: Russandol ("Coppertop"), a reference to his red hair.
  • Ironic Name: Both of his Quenya names, Nelyafinwë ("Third Finwë in succession") and Maitimo ("Well formed one") become bitterly ironic after he's rescued from Thangorodrim and abdicates.
  • Large and in Charge: Inherited the High Kingship of the Noldor from his father (though he abdicated to heal the divisions amongst the Noldor), and was given the epithet "the Tall," though Tolkien never specified exactly how tall he is - however, considering the given heights of other elves, he'd probably have been at least seven feet tall.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: Maedhros had to choose between death or having his hand cut off so he could be freed of a chain that restrained him.
  • Master Swordsman: He became a better swordsman with his left hand than he'd been with his right. Orcs would flee in terror from him during battle.
  • Mr. Fanservice: His Quenya name means "Well-formed one." Has loads and loads of fangirls.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Maedhros learned that his followers had kidnapped Dior's seven-year-old twin sons, Eluréd and Elurín, and left them to starve to death in a forest in the middle of winter, he tried for a long time to find and save them. He foreswore the Oath and continued to feel terrible about the kinslaying, but didn't become The Atoner — instead Maedhros (reluctantly) helped slaughter the survivors at the Havens of Sirion, and convinced Maglor to kill the guards and steal the last Silmarils after the War of Wrath. From what little Tolkien wrote, it isn't clear whether the Oath was literally impossible to break, or if Maedhros just convinced himself it was.
  • Offered the Crown: Maedhros would have become High King of the Noldor after Fëanor's death, but he abdicated in favor of his uncle Fingolfin in an attempt to end the feud between him and the House of Fëanor.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to his family (minus Maglor). Which isn't saying much, admittedly, but he did his best to keep his brothers under control.
  • Parental Substitute: In some versions, Maedhros was the one who fostered Elrond and Elros.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Elrond and Elros seem to have been this for him. While it is possible, that they were this for his twin brothers, Amrod and Amras (in the version where they died in the Second Kinslaying), it seems more likely that they were this for their uncles, Elured and Elurin, who were abandoned in the woods after the Second Kinslaying by Celegorm's servants, and who Maedhros desperately tried (and failed) to find.
  • The Southpaw: Originally, he was right-handed. After losing said right-hand in a Life-or-Limb Decision, he simply trained himself to become even deadlier with his left hand.
  • Team Dad: He led his brothers and kept them out of trouble... most of the time.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After recovering from the loss of his hand, Maedhros "lived to wield his sword with his left hand more deadly than his right had been."
  • Tragic Hero: He fought valiantly against Morgoth, but his dedication to the Oath lead to the deaths of hundreds of innocents and his own ruin. Whenever he's not compelled by the oath, he's pretty textbook heroic and trying to make-up for what he's done. For instance, he formed the Union of Maedhros which kept Morgoth penned in for centuries and took the creation of the dragons to break, his serious attempts to heal old wounds by abdicating his claim to the High Kingship of the Noldor to his uncle Fingolfin and bring unity against Morgoth (the aforementioned Union of Maedhros), attempts to keep his brothers under control (something which, Maglor aside, failed miserably), and a desire to atone first by trying to find Eluréd and Elurín (sons of Dior and Nimloth, brothers of Elwing) when they were abandoned to die in the forest after the second Kinslaying, and later raising Elros and Elrond (children of Eärendil and Elwing — sister of Eluréd and Elurín — whose home and people he had destroyed) with Maglor after the third Kinslaying (and considering how they turned out, doing a very good job). All in all, if he hadn't been bound by the Oath, he would probably have been one of Middle-Earth's greatest heroes.
  • Warrior Prince: Like most of the House of Finwë.


The second son of Fëanor and Nerdanel. Maglor was reputed to be the most like their mother, resulting in wisdom and a gentler nature in comparison to the rest of his brothers. His forces guarded the pass of Maglor's Gap between Morgoth's lands and East Beleriand. He also survived the war and stole a Silmaril with his brother Maedhros, but cast the jewel into the sea when the pain of its burning overwhelmed him. He was the only son of Fëanor not reported to have died.

  • Anti-Villain: Of the tragic sort.
  • Cultured Badass: Noted for being one of the most skilled minstrels in Middle-earth history as well as a renowned warrior.
  • Direct Line to the Author: Maglor wrote the poem Noldolantë, describing the fall of Noldor. It's possibly one of the original sources Bilbo used to write his Translations from the Elvish, which in turn is the work Tolkien used to edit The Silmarillion.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Despite the atrocities he took part in, Maglor — with Maedhros — raised Elrond and Elros to be wise, compassionate people who went on to become two of Middle Earth's greatest heroes (and in Elrond's case, a by-word for wisdom), largely because of his regrets surrounding his pursuit of the Oath.
  • Harp of Femininity: Both averted and subverted — Maglor is both a skilled harpist and a highly-capable warrior. He was also most like his mother, Nerdanel, by his mind and character.
  • The Heart: Of the Sons of Fëanor. However, Maglor didn't seem to be too successful at spreading his influence onto his brothers.
  • Never Found the Body: His whereabouts after Quenta Silmarillion are unknown. Some say he committed suicide in his agony, some say he is still here among us, singing songs of despair and regret, ever prohibited returning back to Elvenhome.
  • Only Sane Man: Even more so than Maedhros. But being less fierce in nature, Maglor left the herding of their brother-herd to him.
  • Parental Substitute: To Elrond and Elros.
  • Redemption Failure: Eönwë told him and Maedhros to surrender and return to Valinor to be judged. Maglor wanted to obey, but Maedhros talked him out of it.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Adopting Elros and Elrond, twins, came right on the heels of the very same kinslaying that killed his twin brothers (if going by the version were both survive the burning of the ships). It's suspicious.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the Sons of Fëanor, Maglor seemed the closest to fully repenting for his evil deeds.
  • Walking the Earth: The last time we hear of him, he is reported to be wandering on the shores of the world, singing in lamentation and pain. However, Tolkien's latest word on his fate, in part of the "Lay of Leithian", apparently changed this story to suicide by drowning.
  • Warrior Poet: Is both one of the greatest singers who ever lived and a skilled warrior.
  • Warrior Prince: Like nearly all the House of Finwë.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Because he could not repent of his Oath he never returned to Aman, and either wandered the world in miserable solitude or took his own life.


The third son of Fëanor and Nerdanel. He and Curufin ruled the plain of Himlad in East Beleriand. Celegorm and Curufin captured Lúthien to stop her from helping Beren recover the Silmaril, but Celegorm's hound Huan turned on him because of his treachery and helped her escape. He and Dior, son of Beren and Lúthien, killed each other in the sack of Doriath when the Sons of Fëanor attempted to steal back the Silmaril.

  • Animal Talk: Oromë taught him to speak it.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shortly after the arrival of Fëanor's host Celegorm found out about the Orc army hazarding Cirdain in the harbours and drove them into the Fens of Serech with his army. In some versions found in the History of the Middle-Earth series, Celegorm and Curufin later play this role during the aftermath of the catastrophic Battle of the Sudden Flame, as when they're fleeing from their own overrun domain Himlad they save their cousin Orodreth who is trapped in his fortress on Tol Sirion.
  • Brains and Brawn: He and Curufin had shades of this, with Celegorm as the brawn.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After being turned down by Lúthien and embarrassed by Beren, Celegorm encouraged his brothers to attack Doriath to take back the Silmaril by force. This led to the kingdom's downfall and many elven deaths.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: While still being heroic, and after turning villainous, he surely loved dogs — until they turned against him, at least. (And horses. Liking them seems to go hand-in-hand in Middle-Earth.)
  • Hot-Blooded: Even more so than his brothers. Especially clear when contrasted with his crafty little brother, Curufin.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Oromë, a Vala, and Huan, the magical dog Oromë gave him as a gift.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Celegorm tried to force Lúthien to marry him so he could gain rulership of Doriath. He failed.
  • Jerkass: No kidding.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "hasty riser," referring to his quick temper and habit of jumping up when angered.
  • Mutual Kill: He and Dior, Beren and Lúthien's son, killed each other.
  • Not So Different: Celegorm and Beren are both animal lovers who know the ways of the wild and can talk with beasts and birds. However, Celegorm is a hunter and Beren never kills any animals. Celgorm is also the Rich Suitor to Beren's Poor Suitor
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Celegorm was close friends with his half-cousin, Aredhel, who shared many of his favorite outdoor hobbies. Tolkien saw the need to specify that they were just friends (exact wording "never gave her heart") — but then made Aredhel curiously fond of Celegorm anyway, to the point that when she left Gondolin, she sought out Celegorm rather than anyone else, even Fingon, her own brother, who would have lived much closer too.
    • Doubles as the Fan Preferred Pairing, with endless Fix Fics of Aredhel staying in Himlad either by returning there after escaping Nan Elmoth, or by never entering the forest in the first place.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Curufin's blue. More obvious in The History of Middle-earth.
  • Rousing Speech: Inherited his father's oratory skills. He used them to convince the elves of Nargothrond to his side.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Curufin in the Lay of Leithian, as they jointly cause problems for Beren and Lúthien.
  • Token Evil Team Mate: Celegorm and Curufin are by far the most villainous of the Sons of Fëanor (who in turn are the Token Evil Team Mate of the Noldorin Houses).
  • Warrior Prince: Like most of the House of Finwë.

The fourth son of Fëanor and Nerdanel, and "the harshest and most quick to anger," which is saying a lot in this family. He ruled the land of Thargelion to the east of Beleriand, where he prospered from trading with the dwarves. Caranthir accepted the aid of the Swarthy Men in the war against Morgoth, but the tribe of Ulfang betrayed the Union of Maedhros at a critical moment, costing them the Fifth Battle. He died in battle while attacking Doriath.

  • Anti-Villain: Type I. He didn't doubt his actions like some of his brothers, but had a couple of Pet the Dog moments, such as his rescue of Haleth's tribe.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Showing up to save Haleth and her people at the last possible moment. While playing trumpets, of course. Why? This is Middle-Earth.
  • Character Development: He starts as haughty and distrusting towards non-Noldor, then develops mutually beneficial but loveless, entirely pragmatic relationship with the Dwarves, and finally goes on to learn to genuinely respect Men. Ironically it leads to him trusting even those Men who weren't worth of his trust.
  • Elves vs. Dwarves: Averted. Granted, this was before Elves vs. Dwarves really kicked off, but even then Caranthir got along with dwarves much better than most elves — apparently because of his interest in crafting, and because his gruff temperament was closer to theirs. He landed a monopoly on the very profitable trade routes to the dwarven cities as a result.
  • Fantastic Racism: Played with. He apparently despised non-Noldorin elves (even erroneously slurring Thingol as a "Dark Elf" living in a cave, Thingol not technically being a Dark Elf). And while he developed a mutually-beneficial business arrangement with the dwarves, Caranthir didn't try to hide his prejudice against their non-elven appearance. He was initially racist towards Men, as well. Then Haleth's courage made him change his mind about them. This led to him trusting Ulfang's sons...
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Leading to his betrayal by Ulfang and sons.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: When you're a prince, this can and will lead to major political problems.
  • Hot-Blooded: Of all the Sons of Fëanor, this guy had the worst temper and the greatest propensity to brashly shoot his mouth off at the wrong time. Despite this he is less hot-headed than his father.
  • Loners Are Freaks: While his brothers came in duos, Caranthir was a loner.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Caranthir managed to become rich even among the Eldarin princes by his dealings with the dwarves, and by being tactically situated on their trade route to Beleriand.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Trust Caranthir to ruin your negotiations.
  • The Un-Favourite: While not obvious, there appears to be enough hints for various fans to independently conclude that Caranthir was Fëanor's unfavourite, or at least the one who got the least amount of attention. Him being the least attractive in appearance and personality, having no particular gift, not being the oldest or the youngest, being stuck between the handsome Celegorm and the official favourite Curufin, and being a sulky loner are considered to be valid clues. Cue to him having an inferiority complex towards his brothers being a rather popular Fanon portrayal of him...
  • Warrior Prince: Like most of the House of Finwë.

The fifth son of Fëanor and Nerdanel. Curufin most fully inherited his father's talent in craftsmanship and ruled Himlad with Celegorm. He aided Celegorm's plans to kill Finrod and usurp his throne, and to ransom Lúthien, and tried to kill her when it failed, but wounded Beren instead. Because of his treachery, Thingol refused to join the Union of Maedhros. Curufin died in the attack on Doriath. His son, Celebrimbor, inherited his skill and was the creator of the Rings of Power.
  • The Blacksmith: Just like his father and his son. Curufin inherited Fëanor's skills and interest in crafts to the greatest extent among the brothers.
  • Brains and Brawn: Had shades of this with Celegorm. He was the brains to Celegorm's brawn.
  • The Chessmaster: What Curufin was aiming for. He managed to pull it off for a while, until the pawns saw through it.
  • The Corrupter: In various versions of the story in The History of Middle-Earth series it's made more explicit that Curufin talked Celegorm into the whole "let's usurp Finrod's crown" plot. At one point Tolkien even goes as far as writing that Curufin put the evil in Celegorm. However, in the published Silmarillion the idea seems to be conceived together.
  • Cunning Linguist: As mentioned in History of the Middle-Earth series and the Letters of J.R.R.Tolkien, Curufin was the only Elven scholar to study Khuzdul, the otherwise mysterious language of the Dwarves.
  • Hypocrite: When, Eöl tries to suck up to Curufin by referring to their kinship through Aredhel, Curufin's cousin and Eöl's wife, Curufin turns this down by answering that he doesn't count Eöl as a relative, as Aredhel married Eöl under dubious consent. Later, Curufin himself gets the idea of gaining power in Doriath via marrying his brother to the unconsenting Lúthien, Thingol's daughter — only to be turned down by the wrathful Thingol.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Curufin was one of the very few elves to find the Dwarves fascinating and to befriend them. Tolkien mentioned he was the only Elven scholar who studied Khuzdul, the language of the Dwarves, which the Elves usually found unpleasant. Curufin also carried a special knife gifted to him by the Dwarves. Later on in the Second Age, his son Celebrimbor founded the Elven realm of Eregion, which lived in symbiotic relationship with the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm.
  • Jerkass: All of the Sons of Fëanor were jerks to some extent, but Curufin was the brains behind the plan to have their cousin Finrod killed in Sauron's torture chambers, which would have allowed the Fëanorians to steal his throne. He also showed no remorse or hesitation in this or the Kinslaying at Doriath.
  • Jerk Ass Has A Point: Curufin's methods were completely wrong, but his general goals weren't entirely off. He both saw that the Elven kingdoms should be united in the war against Morgoth, and he understood that Nargothrond could only survive through secrecy. Both of these viewpoints were vindicated by later history.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Of all seven sons, he was the most similar to Fëanor in appearance, temperament, and skills. Though, the reader may wonder if this isn't something of an Informed Ability, as Curufin comes off as far more calmer and calculating than his Hot-Blooded father.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His one Pet the Dog moment where he on-page wanted to do the noble thing arguably accidentally led to even more suffering, as Eöl, whom he let go alive, soon later killed Aredhel, the very friend of Celegorm and Curufin.
  • Parental Favoritism: Fëanor's favorite son. Fëanor in fact gave him the name his own father had given him — Curufinwë in Quenya, which became Curufin in Sindarin.
  • Pet the Dog: A very intentional case. Tolkien wrote that he felt Curufin appeared more villainous than he really was because he was mostly present in the "Lay of Leithian," where he had the role of a ruthless antagonist. To change this, Tolkien wrote a scene where Curufin's cousin, Aredhel, was escaping from her Domestic Abuser husband Eöl, and Curufin captured Eöl when he was hot on her trail. Curufin was perfectly capable of killing Eöl there and then, and none of his men would have objected. However, Curufin spared Eöl because killing him would have been cold blooded murder, and even Curufin had standards.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Celegorm's Red. Compare their respective speeches to the people of Nargothrond.
  • Smug Snake: His methods of taking over Nargothrond are just smarmy, manipulative, underhanded, and nasty.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Celegorm in the Lay of Leithian, as they jointly cause problems for Beren and Lúthien.
  • Token Evil Team Mate: Unlike his brothers, who were driven to evil by their oath, Curufin actively wanted power to the point where he planned to rule all the elven kingdoms.
  • The Usurper: Plotted to have his cousin, Finrod, killed in order to obtain rule of his kingdom for Celegorm. He also had the extra plan of marrying Celegorm with Lúthien to gain the rule of Doriath.
  • Warrior Prince: Like most of the House of Finwë.
  • You're Not My Father: At the receiving end of this by his son Celebrimbor, who repudiated him and refused to follow him when he and Celegorm were cast out of Nargothrond.

The sixth son of Fëanor and Nerdanel, and the twin brother of Amras. In the 1977 Silmarillion, Amrod ruled East Beleriand with Amras and died alongside him in the Third Kinslaying; but according to The History of Middle-earth X: Morgoth's Ring, Amrod was shocked by his father's deeds and planned to sail one of the ships back to Valinor to reunite with his mother, and Fëanor accidentally killed him by burning the ship he was sleeping in.
  • Accidental Murder: Intended to return to Valinor and stayed behind on his ship. Fëanor was aware of his plans and burned the ships to stop anyone from going back, unaware that Amrod was still onboard. He was dismayed to find out the truth when Amras came to ask him if he had awakened Amrod before setting the ships on fire.
  • Fiery Redhead: We don't know much about the guy's personality, but from what we do know, the twins were just as fierce and violent as their siblings.
  • Momma's Boy: Apparently, even back in Valinor. When Fëanor and his host were about to leave for Middle-Earth, Nerdanel begged her husband to leave a few of their sons with her, or at least Amrod, hinting that he was her favourite. (The other possibility is that she knew he'd die if he left.)
  • Prophetic Names: Named Umbarto, "Fated," by his mother Nerdanel. Fëanor was bothered by such an ominous name, and pretended to have misheard it as Ambarto.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempted. However, it's doubtful that Amrod would have been allowed back to Valinor, considering he had sworn the Oath of Fëanor and participated in the First Kinslaying.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Amrod and Amras both looked and behaved very similarily and may have been mistaken for each other as children. However, as the twins matured, Amras's hair grew darker and others were finally able to tell them apart.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Originally, Nerdanel gave both twins the name "Ambarussa." Fëanor objected to this, pleading that the boys would at least have different names. This led to the above Prophetic Names situation. The twins still called each other Ambarussa.

The youngest son of Fëanor and Nerdanel, and the twin brother of Amrod. Amras claimed rulership of the lands of East Beleriand, where he became a great hunter. He died in the attack on the Havens of Sirion, in pursuit of a Silmaril.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: The only one who dared to call Fëanor out, other than his mother, because of his father's accidental killing of Amrod.
  • Fiery Redhead: We don't know much about the guy's personality, but from what we do know, the twins were just as fierce and violent as their siblings.
  • Parental Favoritism: Fëanor seemed to love him more than Amrod. It didn't seem to come between them at all.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Amrod and Amras both looked and behaved very similarly and may have been mistaken for each other as children. However, as the twins matured, Amras's hair grew darker and others were finally able to tell them apart.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Originally, Nerdanel gave both twins the name "Ambarussa." Fëanor objected to giving them both the same name, and Amrod was renamed. However, they still called each other Ambarussa.
  • Warrior Prince: Like most of the House of Finwë.

The son of Curufin. Celebrimbor survived the ruin of Beleriand and settled in the elven realm of Eregion in the Second Age, which he ruled after Galadriel and Celeborn relocated to Lothlórien. Like his father and grandfather, Celebrimbor was the greatest smith of his age. Against Galadriel's advice, he created the Rings of Power with the disguised Sauron, but suspecting his partner, he created the Three Rings of the Elves in secret, which were not corrupted by the Dark Lord. When the treachery was uncovered, Sauron declared war on Eregion and slew Celebrimbor, but not before the Three Rings were entrusted to Gil-galad and Galadriel.
  • Anti-Villain: Type IV. Acording to one version of his story in Unfinished Tales, Celebrimbor overthrew Galadriel's rule of Eregion in a bloodless coup.
  • Ascended Extra: Not exactly an extra, but for a character who wasn't well known outside hardcore Tolkien fandom, getting two AAA video games is pretty impressive.
  • The Atoner: Celebrimbor worked hard to make up for his family's wrongdoing. When he finally realized Sauron was a demon who'd tricked him, he finally took Galadriel's advice and willingly gave away the Three Rings (giving one to her) — in contrast to Fëanor, who wouldn't give up the Silmarils even to save the Two Trees.
  • The Blacksmith: Perhaps the greatest since his grandfather, Fëanor.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In the more detailed Second Age history published in Unfinished Tales, Celebrimbor was captured in the invasion of Eregion, and tortured and executed by Sauron. Whatever Sauron did to him was so awful that he gave up the locations of the Seven Rings, though he held out on the locations of the Three.
  • Defector from Decadence: He renounced his father's evil deeds and took no part in the Second or Third Kinslayings.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: In one version of Celebrimbor's story in the Unfinished Tales, he is in love with Galadriel and creates the Elessar (Elfstone) for her as a gift. He laments sadly that Galadriel chose Celeborn over him. It is notable that Celebrimbor is never stated to have had a wife or mate in any version of his story, indicating that perhaps for him, Unrequited Love Lasts Forever.
  • Foil: To his grandfather Feanor, to his father, and to Sauron himself.
    • Like his grandfather, he is considered the best blacksmith of his time. Both created some of the greatest artefacts of Arda. But while Feanor was selfish, harsh, and leaded the elves "intentionally" to a catastrophic campaign that ended up with millions of deaths, Celebirmbor was noble, good, and tried to make things to help the rest of middle earth. Despite that for both things ended up terribly wrong, their final actions are contrasting. Feanor made his sons swear to finish their mission despite everything, while Celebirmbor sacrificed himself to ensure the elvish rings would not be captured by Sauron and put to evil use.
    • To his father, from whom he deserted. Both keen of mind, brilliant, and with a very close relationship with the dwarves. But while Curufin was cruel, deceitful, and, for the lack of other word, evil, his son was practically the opposite. It is telling he deserted his father for his horrible actions in Nargothrond (one of them being to leave their cousin Finrod to die in Sauron's dungeons).
    • And finally, to the Dark Lord himself. Both the best blacksmiths of their time, both ring makers, both looking to "save" middle Earth. But while Sauron wanted to rule above everyone, and his desire to save Arda was a cover for his lust for power and envy, Celebrimbor genuinely wanted to help.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Granted, Sauron was in disguise as a normal Maia and claimed to be an emissary from the Valar. But when his close friend Galadriel saw through the disguise, Celebrimbor still believed Sauron instead of her.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With the dwarf Narvi, who helped him build the Doors of Durin. It was a very unusual friendship, since the elves and dwarves mostly didn't get along after the fall of Doriath.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He refuses to tell Sauron the location of the elvish rings, despite being tortured.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes he's been manipulated by Sauron.
  • Tempting Fate: Evidently thought that because he had no part in his father and uncles' atrocities, he'd be immune to the whole everything-you-start-for-good-will-be-turned-to-evil part of the curse. Was he ever wrong!
  • Tragic Hero: He tried to make up for what his family screwed up but his gullibility and ambition played right into Sauron's hands.
  • Tragic Mistake: Trusting Annatar. His intentions and objectives were good and noble. But he had to trust the misterious Maiar who came to the door knocking.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Sauron, though he finally realized the deception before it was too late to repent.
    • Had the last laugh, though: he made notes.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Poor Celebirmbor. All his good intentions and actions ended up tying the elves's fate to Sauron's destiny (plus the nine men who ended up as the Nazgul, and all the dwarves lord's affected by the greed of the rings, and everyone around them), and also ensuring Sauron's continuous existence as long as the ring existed (while he did not have any doing in the forging of the One Ring (that was purely Sauron's making), his actions contributed with Sauron going on with his plan), in which the best outcome would force the elves to leave Middle Earth forever. It is even more tragic when you consider he is the most decent of all the descendants of Feanor.

The House of Fingolfin

The oldest son of Finwë and Indis, half-brother of Fëanor, and full brother of Finarfin. Husband of Anairë and father of Fingon, Turgon, Aredhel, and Argon. When Fëanor rebelled against the Valar, he joined so as not to leave the Noldor solely to his leadership, but took no part in the Kinslaying. He and his host were betrayed by Fëanor, who stranded them on the shores of Valinor; Fingolfin led them on foot across the Grinding Ice in the utter north to enter Middle-Earth. After Fëanor's death, Maedhros waived his right to kingship in gratitude to Fingon, and Fingolfin became High King of the Noldor. He ruled Hithlum to the north of Beleriand, to maintain the Siege of Angband. When it broke, Fingolfin went to Angband and challenged Morgoth to single combat, where he perished.
  • Blue Oni, Red Oni: The Blue to Feanor's Red, yet the Red to Finarfin's Blue.
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Had this dynamic with Fëanor, though Fingolfin was no fool, and Fëanor was no weakling.
  • Cain and Abel: He was the Abel to Fëanor's Cain. Unlike Finarfin, he did get caught up in the feud at least to some extent, but he still tried to reconcile with Fëanor and readily forgave him for threatening to murder him.
  • Cool Horse: Rochallor, who refuses to leave his master during his duel with Morgoth, even though they are surrounded by the host of Angband.
  • David vs. Goliath: His duel with Morgoth.
  • Deadly Dodging: He wounded Morgoth seven times in their duel because of his speed and cunning in the face of Morgoth's lumbering strength.
  • Determinator: Crossing of the Helcaraxë.
    • His duel with Morgoth. Struck down three times, he stood up and continued the fight each time, though it be in vain.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: His duel with Morgoth is remembered and honored in the legends of the Noldor as a moment of pure awesome, though inevitably he died.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Maiming Morgoth's foot in the duel.
  • Due to the Dead: After killing him, Morgoth was going to tear Fingolfin's body apart and feed it to his werewolves if Thorondor hadn't swooped in at the last second.
  • The Dutiful Son: Usually regarded as the best of Finwë's sons.
  • Fragile Speedster: To Melkor's Mighty Glacier in their duel. Each hammer stroke of Melkor sent fire into the sky, though Fingolfin darted around him like a bolt of lightning.
  • Freudian Trio: With his brothers. He is the Ego, less hot-headed than Fëanor and less patient than Finarfin. No wonder the most of the Noldor want him to be their High King.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: In the last hours of his life.
  • The High King: Of the Noldor in Beleriand.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Morgoth was not rushing to answer the door when Fingolfin came knocking at the gates of Angband. Fingolfin had to call him craven, knowing Morgoth's minions would hear, to force the Evil Overlord to battle him personally rather than just commanding his orcs and Balrogs to Zerg Rush the Elf-King.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Always did his duty, but always hated the necessity of fighting Morgoth.
  • Last Stand: His duel with Morgoth.
  • The Power of Hate: After Morgoth broke the siege of Angband, killing thousands of his people, Fingolfin got so angry and desperate that he decided to challenge Morgoth to single combat, and rode to Angband alone. His anger was so great that none even considered challenging him, until he taunted Morgoth out of Angband.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Seen as calm-headed, legitimate, and reasonable by the majority of the Noldor, which was why they much preferred him over Maedhros as High King.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against Morgoth, leading to the challenge of single combat.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Over the love and the crown of their father. Guess with whom?
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Tried this with Fëanor. It did't work.
  • Warrior Prince: Just like the other Noldorin leaders.
  • World's Strongest Man: Of the house of Finwë, Fingolfin was counted as "the strongest, most steadfast and most valiant". Supported by his being the only member of the Eldar to ever wound Morgoth in single combat.

The oldest son of Fingolfin and Anairë, brother to Turgon, Aredhel, and Argon, and cousin to the Sons of Fëanor. He joined his father in exile. Upon arriving in Middle-Earth and learning of his friend Maedhros's capture, Fingon climbed Thangorodrim and rescued him, partially healing the rift caused by Fëanor's betrayal. He served as a vassal of Fingolfin in Hithlum and later led the Noldor after his father's death. Fingon himself was killed in battle by Gothmog only a few years later.

  • Braids of Action: Wore his long dark hair in braids.
  • Cool Helmet: Maedhros gave him the Dragon-helm of Dor-Lomin as a gift... but it turned out to be too heavy for him to wear, so he passed it along to Fingolfin's liegeman Hador.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Because of his and his best friend's Feuding Families. Against all odds, they managed to avoid falling apart.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Went down in a duel with Gothmog the balrog, our resident Hero Killer. He was actually holding his own against Gothmog and went down only after another Balrog tied him up with his whip, after which Gothmog sliced his helmeted head open with his axe; the axe cutting the helmet produced white sparkles like fire.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Has the dubious distinction of one of the most violent deaths in the story. First he gets his head sliced open, and then his body gets squished by Gothmog and several other balrogs.
  • The Good King: Although he only reigned as High King for sixteen years before dying in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the book has all kinds of nice things to say about him even considering his involvement in the first kinslaying.
    "Of all the children of Finwë he is justly most renowned: for his valour was as a fire and yet as steadfast as the hills of stone; wise he was and skilled in voice and hand; troth and justice he loved and bore good will to all, both Elves and Men, hating Morgoth only; he sought not his own, neither power nor glory, and death was his reward."
  • Hot-Blooded: He had a tendency to follow his gut and dive right into terrible situations—see below. His recklessness shows up again, though it comes to a better end, when he takes off alone to rescue Maedhros from Angband without letting anyone reason with him.
  • Incest Subtext: With his half cousin Maedhros. They are incredibly close despite Fingon believing he was abandoned to almost certain death. His rescue of Maedhros actually has quite a few parallels to the tale of Beren and Lúthien, the most legendary love story in-universe.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: A minor example: while less hot-blooded than some of his kin, Fingon had some tendency to recklessness. He ended up joining the Kinslaying at Alqualondë when he arrived in the midst of the fighting, found the Noldor and Teleri killing each other, and jumped in without trying to find out the cause.
  • Manly Tears: Upon finding Maedhros trapped on the cliff.
  • The Magnificent: Maedhros at one point calls him "Fingon the Valiant"
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite believing that Maedhros had betrayed him, he still resolved to go on a hopeless mission to find and save him.
  • Warrior Prince: Like most of the House of Finwë.

The fourth and youngest child of Fingolfin and Anairë, brother of Fingon, Turgon and Aredhel. He dies in the Battle of the Lammoth, shortly after arriving in Middle-earth. Neither he nor the battle he died in are mentioned in the published Silmarillion, as both were later additions to the Legendarium.
  • The Big Guy: Is said to be the tallest of Fingolfin's sons.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: During the Battle of the Lammoth he hews a path through the Orcs to kill their captain.
  • Hot-Blooded: Like his brother Fingon, he's impetuous. Like his brother Fingon, it gets him killed.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: He survives the Helcaraxë only to die less than a year after reaching Middle-earth.
  • Warrior Prince: Like the rest of his family.

     Ereinion Gil-galad 
The son of Fingon and the High King of the Noldorin Exiles after Turgon's death. Gil-galad remained king throughout the Second Age, ruling from Lindon, and befriended the Men of Númenor and, later, Arnor and Gondor. He received two of the Three Rings of the Elves, but gave Vilya to his herald, Elrond, and Narya to his friend, Círdan. He was killed in Mordor in the War of the Last Alliance.

  • Blade on a Stick: His spear, Aeglos, was his signature weapon.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: In a world full of violent deaths, he had it extra nasty: Sauron Killed Him With Fire.
  • The Good King
  • Last of His Kind: The last High King of the Noldor in Middle-Earth. Elrond and Galadriel were his closest living relatives that still remained there, but neither claimed the title.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Everybody calls him Gil-galad, which is an epithet that means "star of radiance". Out-of-Universe, Tolkien always called him Gil-galad while constantly changing his mind about the guy's real name. In The Silmarillion his real name (or rather the Sindarin form of it) was Ereinion, "Son of Kings". In the final traceable version, Tolkien gave his real name as Rodnor (Artanáro in Quenya) which admittedly doesn't sound as nice as Ereinion.
  • Sacrificial Lion: After surviving the war with Morgoth and the first war with Sauron, he finally died fighting Sauron at the end of the Second Age.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Gil-galad was an Elven king, of him the harpers sadly sing...
  • Tangled Family Tree: Deserves a special mention for his obscure and often-changed place in it.
  • Warrior Prince: The last of the House of Finwë. Also, the last of the line of Fingolfin.


The second son of Fingolfin and Anairë, brother to Fingon, Aredhel, and Argon, and cousin to the Sons of Fëanor. Turgon initially ruled Nevrast south of Hithlum, but a message from Ulmo caused him to lead his people to found the the secret city of Gondolin, which lasted longest of all the elven realms in the war against Morgoth. Turgon took up the kingship of the Noldor after Fingon's death. Turgon died in the sack of Gondolin when his tower collapsed with him in it. His sword Glamdring was presumably taken by Orcs and, millennia later, was found by Gandalf.
  • Cassandra Truth: Despite being repeatedly told that his city won't last forever (by a Man sent by a Vala, no less), he refused to evacuate.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: How Ulmo prompted him to found Gondolin, and led him to discover the hidden valley of Tumladen where he would build it.
  • Going Down with the Ship: Or City. Turgon refused to leave Gondolin even when his daughter Idril begged him to, and chose to stay in his tower until it collapsed and killed him.
  • Hidden Elf Village: He was the King of Gondolin, whose existence was unknown even to other groups of Elves. It only fell to Morgoth when Húrin unwittingly revealed which mountain range it resided in.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: For all that he was called "the Wise," he never figured out that something was up with Maeglin...
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: He was always very protective of Aredhel and only reluctantly allowed her to leave Gondolin with an escort. He later chucks his brother-in-law off a cliff after he inadvertently poisoned his sister, even though her dying wish was that he show Eöl mercy. To be fair, Eöl was pretty abusive to Aredhel and had been attempting to murder his own son when he killed Aredhel.
  • Named Weapon: Glamdring, his sword.
  • Properly Paranoid: The valley of Gondolin has seven, hidden, heavily fortified gates and The cities primary policy is that no one who enters can ever leave alive. No one, even other elves, even knew the place existed before The Battle of Unnumbered Tears. Smart, considering that their greatest threat is directly to the North and all Morgoth needs to know is a rough estimate of it's location to storm the city.
  • Warrior Prince: Like most of the House of Finwë.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Missed his home city of Tirion so much that he built his own city of Gondolin to look like a perfect replica of it.

The daughter of Turgon and Elenwë, and the princess of Gondolin. Both the mortal hero Tuor and her cousin Maeglin loved her, but she distrusted Maeglin and married Tuor. She became the mother of Eärendil and the grandmother of Elrond and Elros. Unlike her father, who ignored the warning Tuor brought from Ulmo, Idril prepared for the coming doom and managed to save many of her subjects.
  • Adult Fear: During the fall of Gondolin, Maeglin takes her captive and tries to murder her son. Luckily, Tuor intervenes and they escape with their lives.
  • By the Hair: During the fall of Gondolin, Maeglin grabs her by the hair when he has her captive. She manages to fight back anyway.
  • Cassandra Truth: Downplayed. Few people believe her warning about the coming danger to Gondolin…save for her husband, who she persuaded to build a secret tunnel. This ends up saving many lives during the fall of Gondolin, though if only everyone else had listened...
  • Damsel in Distress: She is briefly held captive by Maeglin during the Fall of Gondolin. Fortunately, her husband rescues her. Downplayed, though, in that before Tuor turns up, she fights "like a tigeress" against Maeglin in an attempt to get away and protect her son.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Called Celebrindal, "Silver-foot," for her habit of not using shoes.
  • Dumb Blonde: Completely Averted. She was the only one in the whole doomed city who knew something had to be done, and thus urged Tuor to secretly build Idril's Secret Way, through which some of the citizens were able to escape when the attack finally came. Also the only one to realize that there was something wrong with Maeglin.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Described as having golden blonde hair.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Princess of Gondolin and daughter of King Turgon.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Tuor. The only non-tragic example of this in Tolkien's legendarium: her father accepted the marriage, they were happy together and it was stated (at least in early writings) that in the end Tuor was allowed to become an elf and thus immortal.
  • Mama Bear: Fights "like a tigeress" against Maeglin when he tries to murder her son.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother Elenwë died during the perilous journey to Middle-Earth.
  • Princess Classic: Kind, beautiful and wise, with golden hair and a heart to match.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She was the one who urged Tuor to huid a secret tunnel out of Gondolin in case of attack, thus saving many lives. Along with her husband, she lead the survivors to safety.

The adventurous, willful daughter of Fingolfin and Anairë, sister to Fingon, Turgon, and Argon, and cousin to the Sons of Fëanor. She initially resided with Turgon in Gondolin before tiring of the kingdom's isolation. Her brother reluctantly allowed her her to depart, leading to her capture by the Dark Elf Eöl, who coerced her into marriage and had a son with her, Maeglin. Aredhel and Maeglin escaped back to Gondolin, but Eöl followed them and killed Aredhel; Eöl was executed for his crimes.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Falls for Eöl, the 'Dark Elf'. It goes about as well as you'd expect...
  • Faux Action Girl: Although she does get points for crossing through a dangerous (where isn't?) forest by herself. Though you could argue she wasn't even meant to be a real Action Girl in the modern sense, as she never joined any fight. She survived traveling around in wild country, and as Tolkien mentioned while discussing Lúthien, that wasn't something people expected of lonely noblewomen in that era.
  • Love Martyr: To Eöl.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With all of the Sons of Fëanor, while Celegorm seems to have been her favourite.
  • Plucky Girl: Finally decided to escape Eöl and take her son with her.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Said to be very beautiful, with pale skin and dark hair.
  • Rebellious Princess: Deconstructed. Her actions ultimately contributed to Gondolin's downfall.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Originally held captive by Eöl, she eventually fell in love with him. Eöl used trickery rather than force to kidnap her, so for a long time she wasn't aware that she was being held a captive. As far as she knew, Eöl was just a nice guy who invited her to live with him after she got hopelessly lost.
  • Taking the Bullet: Took a poisoned javelin thrown by Eöl that was meant for her son.
  • Tomboy: Aredhel spent much of her time riding, hunting, and spending her time with the Sons of Fëanor.
  • Woman in White: Known as the White Lady of the Noldor, Aredhel was always arrayed in silver and white.

The son of Aredhel and Eöl. He learned smithcraft from his father and the dwarves, becoming one of the greatest smiths of the Noldor. After Eöl's death, Maeglin grew up in Gondolin and fell in love with his cousin, Idril, which was forbidden among the elves. When Tuor arrived and won Idril's heart, Maeglin's jealousy caused him to betray the city to Morgoth when he was captured by orcs. He was killed in the following battle by Tuor, while trying to murder Tuor and Eärendil.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Idril. She rejected him because of his dark personality (and because they were first cousins).
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Captured by Morgoth and tortured (or threatened with torture) into betraying Gondolin, he then tried to murder Tuor and Eärendil, apparently so he could rape Idril.
  • The Blacksmith: And he was dark, moody, scheming, and morally questionable, too! Tolkien loved this character type.
  • Disney Villain Death: Is knocked over the edge of a cliff during the fall of Gondolin by Tuor...after he tried to push Tuor's son off it.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He loved and respected Aredhel.
  • Evil Chancellor: To Turgon, whom he never warned about the coming invasion even though he knew of it.
  • Evil Nephew: Betrays Gondolin, leading to his uncle Turgon's death.
  • The Evil Prince: Said to be the only elf who ever directly aided Morgoth.
  • Fantastic Racism: He had a quite low opinion of mortal Men, even before Tuor married the girl he wanted.
  • Freudian Excuse: Considering the perverse family situation in which he grew up, it's not really a surprise that he had no clue how to healthily cope with love.
  • Generation Xerox: Like his father before him, Maeglin was known to be a great smith. Unfortunately, also like his father, he developed an unhealthy obsession with the woman he loved and tried to take her by force, tried to kill a family member and ended up being through to his death over a cliff...the same cliff to be exact. Eöl was known as 'the Dark Elf', whilst Maeglin himself is forever known as one of - if not the - only elves to have willingly helped Morgoth. Like father, like son, indeed.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Tuor, once he gained the king's favor and married Idril.
  • Karmic Death: Tries to kill Eärendil by throwing him from the walls of Gondolin. Eärendil's father Tuor kills Maeglin that way.
  • Kissing Cousins: The first Elf to desire a first cousin. Unfortunately for him, Idril didn't reciprocate his feelings.
  • Love Makes You Evil: His unrequited love/desire for Idril contributed to his betrayal, as he was promised her as a reward for him becoming a Turn Coat.
  • Oedipus Complex: Rebelled against his father, stole his sword, and ran away with his mother.
  • The Quisling: Though not a truly willing one, he's infamous for betraying Gondolin.
  • Stepford Smiler: Morgoth put a spell on him to make him ever fearful of the latter; he still feigned joy and mirth when he returned to Gondolin.
  • Villainous Incest: His falling in love with a first-cousin was even called unnatural and twisted.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: On account of his mining and smithing greatly helping Gondolin's defense.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Tries to hurl his cousin Eärendil from the walls of Gondolin when they are seven.

Glorfindel was a great elven warrior from the hidden elf city of Gondolin. When the city was attacked by Morgoth's armies and destroyed, Glorfindel died in a duel with a Balrog protecting the escaping survivors, including Idril and Eärendil. Later, he was allowed to reincarnate and leave the Halls of Mandos to live in Valinor. There he befriended Gandalf. He was then sent back into Middle-Earth to help in the fight against Sauron. In The Lord of the Rings, Glorfindel lives in Rivendell, serving Elrond son of Eärendil, and came to rescue Aragorn and the Hobbits when they were chased by the Ringwraiths.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Glorfindel is 'most dearly beloved', to the point that when he dies defending fleeing refugees, they all stop running from the army that just destroyed their city long enough give him a proper burial.
  • Back from the Dead: Elves returning to life after death isn't that unusual, but Glorfindel seems to be the only one who also returned to Middle-Earth.
  • Came Back Strong: When Glorfindel returned to Middle-Earth, he was even stronger and wiser than before.
  • Cool Horse: Asfaloth in The Lord of the Rings. (Stolen by Arwen in The Movie.)
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Dying while taking a Balrog with you certainly counts.
  • Flower Motifs: Glorfindel of the Golden Flower. Although in this case the term is a poetic reference to the Sun (which, however, can be taken literally since the Sun was the last flower of the dying Tree of Gold, Laurelin).
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: His name means 'golden haired'. And just to drive this trope home, he is dragged off a mountain by his hair while single-handedly taking on a Balrog.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: His original slaying of a Balrog at the cost of his own life.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Gandalf.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, then played straight. At first, Tolkien just reused the name Glorfindel in The Lord of the Rings. The Elder Days Glorfindel had died, and having him come back would be pretty strange for such a minor character (normally, coming back to Middle-Earth from Valinor, after having died, would be a pretty major event, reserved for major characters). But then Tolkien later settled firmly on them being one and the same.
  • Taking You with Me: Glorfindel and the Balrog both fell down from the narrow mountain path they were fighting on into the depths. Interestingly, he was actually on the receiving end of it. He managed to stab the Balrog in the stomach, but the Balrog pulled him off the edge as it went down.

Ecthelion was one of the twelve lords of Gondolin. He died in the Fall of Gondolin.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: The exact quote is "[Glorfindel] led the Golden Flower and was the best beloved of the Gondolindrim, save it be Ecthelion, but who shall choose."
  • Death by Irony: He was the Lord of the Fountain, and he drowns in a fountain (as does Gothmog, the Balrog he stabbed before dying).
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Like Glorfindel, he dies fighting a Balrog - multiple Balrogs, in early versions of the story.
  • Weaponized Headgear: Stabs Gothmog with the spike on his helmet.

Another of the Twelve Lords, specifically he led the House of the Hammers of Wrath, a house consisting mainly of blacksmiths and other craftspeople.
  • Counter Attack: See Dying Moment of Awesome.
  • Drop the Hammer: His house fought with "Great maces like hammers".
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: He led his House in an absolutely savage Counter Attack against the forces of Morgoth during the fall of Gondolin, slaying uncounted hordes of orcs and even killing several balrogs. According to the Original Tale in the Fall of Gondolin, this was the first time balrogs had ever been slain by elves or men.
  • Fiery Redhead: Kazuki Mendou's artwork depict him with red hair.
  • Rousing Speech: Then said Rog in a great voice: 'Who now shall fear the Balrogs for all their terror? See before us the accursed ones who for ages have tormented the children of the Noldoli, and who now set fire at our backs with their shooting. Come ye of the Hammer of Wrath and we will smite them for their evil'
  • Whip It Good: The Fall of Gondolin claims the House of the Hammer catched the Balrog's whips and used them against them!

The House of Finarfin

The youngest son of Finwë and Indis, half-brother of Fëanor, and full brother of Fingolfin. Husband of Eärwen and father of Finrod, Angrod, Aegnor, and Galadriel. Taking after his Vanyarin mother, Finarfin was the wisest and kindest of the three, and tried to stay away from his brothers' quarrels. Instead, he preferred the company of the sea-loving Teleri, and married Eärwen, the daughter of Olwë, the king of Teleri in Valinor and the brother of Thingol. This put him into a very uncomfortable position during the unfortunate events that came. Finarfin didn't want to leave Valinor, and when most of the Noldor and his family — including all his children — went into exile, Finarfin turned back with some of the Noldor, becoming their High King in Tirion.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Rightfully views his family as this and tries to distance himself from it to some extent.
  • Cain and Abel: Abel to Fëanor's Cain, though unlike Fingolfin, he tried to have nothing to do with the feud.
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: Seth to Fëanor's Cain and Fingolfin's Abel.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Between his Noldorin and Telerin families.
  • The Dutiful Son: He was wiser than his brothers, and didn't get involved in their quarrels. After they went and got themselves killed, he became king.
  • Freudian Trio: With his brothers. He is the Superego, as the most patient, logical and cool-headed.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He inherited the golden hair of his mother Indis, and all of his descendants (until the children of Elrond) inherited it from him. He and his children are the wisest and calmest of the Noldorin princes, and unlike the other Houses, none of them got caught up in the Kinslaying, even by mistake. See also The Wise Prince.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Outlives his sons Finrod, Angrod and Aegnor, his grandson Orodreth, great-granddaughter Finduilas and (depending on the writing) his great-grandson Gil-galad. And that’s just his descendants...
  • The Wise Prince: Finarfin tried to have nothing to do with the feud between Fëanor and Fingolfin, spending a lot of his time among the Teleri instead of the Noldor. And unlike the other Noldorin princes, Finarfin was sensible enough to realize that the rebellion was a terrible mistake, and he quit to return to Valinor. He was willing to ask the Valar for pardon, which is why they made him king of the remaining Noldor in Tirion. He often gets branded as a wuss by the fans, but he's the one who led the non-rebel Noldor to battle against Morgoth's giant army in the final battle of Beleriand, so he was probably no slouch.
  • Youngest Child Wins: When Fëanor and Fingolfin argue which one should be the king and get themselves killed, Finarfin becomes the king instead.

     Finrod Felagund 
The oldest son of Finarfin and Eärwen of the Teleri, brother to Angrod, Aegnor, and Galadriel, and cousin to the Sons of Fëanor. His epessë ('after-name', or epithet) is Dwarvish (specifically Sindarinized Khuzdul) meaning "hewer of caves," and it was given to him by the dwarves he hired and worked with to build the underground city of Nargothrond, of which he was king. He was also the first of the Eldar to meet Men, the Younger Children of Ilúvatar, and he helped secure territory for them to live in from Thingol, King of Doriath. Also nicknamed "Nóm the Wise" by Men.
  • Back from the Dead: It's briefly mentioned that he was allowed to return to life, and live with his father Finarfin and lover Amárië, both of whom stayed behind in Valinor.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: How Ulmo prompted him to found Nargothrond in secret. He was also one of those elves who got prophetic dreams or insights periodically.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: After Sauron imprisoned Finrod's party in Tol-in-Gaurhoth, he sent a werewolf to devour them one by one, until they revealed who they were and where they had come from. Sauron saved Finrod for last, because he could tell that Finrod was the one in charge. When the werewolf came for Beren, Finrod broke his bonds and killed it using nothing but his teeth and his bare hands, but he was mortally wounded during the fight.
  • Elves vs. Dwarves: Thoroughly averted. Finrod was a strong ally of the Dwarves (except the Petty-Dwarves) and they shared much knowledge with each other. The Dwarves bestowed the name "Felagund" upon him.
  • Famous Last Words:
    "I go now to my long rest in the timeless halls beyond the seas and the Mountains of Aman. It will be long ere I am seen among the Noldor again; and it may be that we shall not meet a second time in death or life, for the fates of our kindreds are apart. Yet perchance even that sorrow shall in the end be healed. Farewell!" [[note]]The third sentence, referencing the Second Music, can be found in The History of Middle-earth V: The Lost Road and Other Writings, but was not included in the 1977 Silmarillion.
  • A Father to His Men: And a Friend of Men in general.
  • First Contact: He was the first Elda to meet Men. (Not the first Elf, as Men had already encountered Dark Elves in their journey, but the first Elf who had been to Valinor and knew of the Valar in detail).
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Finrod was golden-haired, like his father and siblings. He was also one of the wisest, friendliest, and most level-headed of all the princes of the Noldor, and the one who most loved and befriended mortals. He was one of two princes (the other being Turgon) chosen by Ulmo to create the Hidden Elf Villages to preserve the Elves until the Valar came to battle Morgoth. See Nice Guy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Finrod agreed to help Beren recover a Silmaril from Angband in respect of his oath to Barahir and because he recognized the quest's importance to fate, though he foresaw that he himself would certainly die in the quest. In the dungeons of Tol-in-Gaurhoth, Felagund managed to break his bonds as a werewolf came to devour Beren (Sauron was saving Felagund for last, since he could tell this was someone important). He killed the werewolf barehanded but was mortally wounded during the fight.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Nargothrond, though not quite as hidden as Gondolin — Morgoth had some idea of the general geographical direction of Nargothrond (just not its actual location), whereas the location of Gondolin was completely unknown to him.
  • I Have Many Names: Most Noldor get a name from each parent at or soon after birth, and those in Middle-Earth have at least one Sindarin name. But admirers gave Finrod several flattering nicknames, because he was just that awesome.
    • Findaráto (difficult to translate) in Telerin — Sindarized to Finrod
    • Ingoldo, "The Noldo" in Quenya note 
    • Finrod the Fair
    • Finrod the Faithful
    • Felakgundu, "Hewer of Caves" in Dwarvish — Sindarized to Felagund
    • Felagon, "Fair-Minded/Just/Generous Commander," a Sindarin wordplay on Felagund
    • Edennil, "Friend of [Mortal] Men" in Sindarin — Atandil in Quenya
    • Nóm, "Wisdom" in the tongue of Bëor's Folk
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Andreth of the House of Bëor, and plenty of others of her kin.
  • I Owe You My Life: To Barahir son of Bregor, who saved him in a Big Damn Heroes moment in the Dagor Bragollach. Felagund gives him his ring, and he swears to come to the aid of Barahir, or any of his kin, in their time of need.
  • Kick the Dog: The caves of Nathgorond were orginally inhabited by the Petty-Dwarves until the Elves forced them out, leading to their extinction — though to be fair the details are too vague to know how direct Finrod's role in their eviction was. He likely had no clue they were there — the other Dwarves "despised" Petty-Dwarves and had "no compunctions" about taking (and selling) their land.
  • Luke Nounverber: Finrod Felagund (Cave-Hewer)
  • Magic Knight: A skilled warrior, telepath, and master of Magic Music.
  • Magic Music: Finrod is a master of magical songs, and he and Sauron duel each other with magic songs in Tol-in-Gaurhoth. Unfortunately Sauron prevails and Finrod, Beren, and their companions are subdued and thrown into the dungeons. note 
  • Memento MacGuffin: His ring, which he gave to Barahir (and which eventually found its way to Barahir's distant descendant, Aragorn).
  • Mentor: To Bëor and his followers; they named him Nóm, "Wisdom."
  • Mythology Gag: Originally, Tolkien referred to the Noldor as "Gnomes" due to the word's association with knowledge, but later decided against it. However, Felagund was given the name "Nóm the Wise" by Men, probably an out-of-universe reference to gnomes.
  • Nice Guy: Finrod was just exceptionally friendly, kind, and forgiving. He was such a nice guy that even when Thingol mistakenly accused him and his brothers of joining in the Kinslaying at Alqualondë (something none of the House of Finarfin did) and of slaughtering their mother's relatives, he said nothing in his own defense; he knew that he couldn't defend himself without bad-mouthing the Sons of Fëanor, and was too nice to do so. He also willingly went along with Beren's suicidal Quest for the Silmaril, knowing quite well he would die.
  • Psychic Powers: Finrod had the greatest "mind-reading" powers of any known elf. He got an automatic mental translation of everything mortal Men said to him, making linguistic barriers a snap to overcome, although this power didn't work in conversations with fellow elves. The book itself says that he "could read in the minds of Men such thoughts as they wished to reveal in speech, so that their words were easily interpreted."
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Immediately agreed to help Beren in his quest for a Silmaril.
  • Warrior Poet: Upon meeting Men for the first time, Finrod impressed them with his singing and harping.
  • The Wise Prince: Possibly the wisest prince among the Exiles, certainly one of the most level-headed, and also one of the nicest.

The second son of Finarfin and Eärwen of the Teleri, brother to Finrod, Aegnor, and Galadriel, and cousin to the Sons of Fëanor. He and his younger brother Aegnor ruled the highlands of Dorthonion until defeated and killed by invading armies of Morgoth. In early versions, Orodreth is his brother, in later versions Orodreth is his son. Very little is said of him, otherwise.
  • One Steve Limit: He and his brothers were all originally named Aráto. Finrod's name was then changed to Findaráto, Angrod's to Angaráto, and Aegnor's to Ambaráto. Thus, Finrod and Angrod in their Sindarized forms.note 
  • Those Two Guys: He and Aegnor often get overlooked by the fans, as opposed to their older brother and baby sister.
  • Warrior Prince: Like most of the House of Finwë.

In early versions, he is a son of Finarfin; in later versions he is the son of Angrod and therefore a grandchild to Finarfin. Originally granted lordship over Tol Sirion as a vassal to Finrod, when Sauron conquered it Orodreth retreated to Nargothrond, which he became lord of after Finrod's death. Killed by Glaurung in the sack of Nargothrond. Father of Finduilas. He's also supposed to be the father of Gil-galad, but Christopher Tolkien mistakenly made him the son of Fingon in the 1977 Silmarillion.

Daughter of Orodreth, friend of Túrin, and fiancée of Gwindor before the Nírnaeth Arnoediad. When Gwindor returns to Nargothrond fourteen years later, her feelings for him were no longer the same, and she was torn in heart as she fell for Túrin. She was captured by orcs in the sack of Nargothrond; when Túrin elected to save his mother and sister instead of hernote , Finduilas was murdered by the Orcs.
  • Distressed Damsel: She was captured by Morgoth's army after the fall of Nargothrond.
  • The Gwen Stacy: Her death took an emotional toll on Túrin, leading to his second Heroic BSoD.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How the Orcs killed her, just to stop the Men of Brethil from rescuing her.
  • Love Hurts: At the very least, love triangles involving your fiance and a guy from another species hurt.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Túrin. In some versions (including the 1977 Silmarillion), the romantic interest is one-sided; in others, the feeling is mutual but unrequited.

The third son of Finarfin and Eärwen of the Teleri, brother to Finrod, Angrod, and Galadriel, and cousin to the Sons of Fëanor. He and his older brother Angrod ruled the highlands of Dorthonion until defeated and killed by invading armies of Morgoth. Aegnor was in love with the mortal woman Andreth, but didn't marry her for multiple reasons. Ironically, he died much before her.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Andreth. Special points for being the only Interspecies Romance written by Tolkien where the female was the more mundane participant.
  • Love at First Sight: He first saw Andreth as a reflection in the water while she was kneeled down to look into the waters of the lake Aeluin.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: He was an immortal, she was a mortal. Even after death their fates were separated, as mortal souls leave the world altogether, journeying to an unknown destination, while the slain elves must remain in the Halls of Mandos until reincarnation.
  • Those Two Guys: Often overlooked by fans with his brother Angrod.
  • Unstoppable Rage: He was terribly furious in battle.
  • Warrior Prince: Like most of the House of Finwë.
  • Wartime Wedding: Elves avoid these, which was at least partially the reason he didn't marry Andreth.
  • Wild Hair: His hair was stiff and straight, sticking out of his head like golden flames.

The youngest child and only daughter of Finarfin and Eärwen of the Teleri, sister to Finrod, Angrod, and Aegnor, and cousin to the Sons of Fëanor. Galadriel was the wisest and most powerful of all Elven-women. Though she hated Fëanor, she took part in his rebellion out of a desire to rule her own kingdom in Middle-Earth. In the 1977 Silmarillion she travelled into Middle-Earth over the ice of Helcaraxë with the rest of the Noldor, and lived in Doriath where she met and married Celeborn. Later in The History of Middle-earth this was revised: she and Celeborn married already in Valinor and sailed into Middle-Earth on their own. During the Second Age, Galadriel took up in Eregion under Celebrimbor, and after its fall, she became the White Lady of Lothlórien. See The Lord of the Rings character sheet for tropes that apply to her in that work.
  • Action Girl:
    • She fought against the House of Fëanor in defense of her Teleri kin during the Kinslaying at Alqualondë. Tolkien wrote that she was the "only female to stand tall in those days".
    • She is still an Action Girl millennia later if the account of her and Celeborn fighting against huge orc armies and capturing Dol Guldur and throwing down its walls during the appendices of The Lord of the Rings are anything to go by.
    • Tolkien even wrote in one of his letters that Galadriel had something of an 'Amazon' disposition in her youth, and often "bound up her hair as a crown when taking part in athletic feats".
  • Canon Immigrant: The Silmarillion is the original Middle-Earth mythos. Later upon writing The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien decided to move hobbits into the same universe as the Silm. In The Lord of the Rings, he came up with the character of Galadriel and took a liking to her. Long story short, he decided to add Galadriel into the original Silmarillion tales, too. This ended up causing a lot of story issues...
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Like all the House of Finarfin, she has golden hair — in her case, gold intermixed with silver (inherited from her mother) to make her especially gorgeous. Like her siblings, she's wise and calm-headed and largely innocent of any wrongdoing in the rebellion of the Noldor. She even helped defend Alqualondë from the Fëanorians. In his last writings, Tolkien decided that Galadriel didn't even participate in the rebellion at all; she left Valinor separately, and was totally innocent. Unfortunately, nothing was ever revised to be compatible with this later story.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Melian (older than her) and later Celebrimbor and Elrond (younger).
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Counted among the Noldor, even though proportionally she has more Vanyarin and Telerin blood.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Galadriel was taught by Melian the Maia during her time living in Doriath in the First Age, and interestingly seems to have employed her own version of Melian's magical and protective 'girdle' to protect her own kingdom of Lothlórien during the Third Age and the events of The Lord of the Rings.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Like many other Middle-Earth characters, she is known in legends not by her birth name (Artanis Nerwen) but by the name given to her by her lover, Celeborn. Galadriel means Maiden Crowned With Radiant Gardland, a reference to her hair that is considered wondrous even by Elven standards.
  • Pride: Her reason for going into exile, and later for refusing the pardon of the Valar. Her Final Tempation in The Lord of the Rings was the moment she overcame this flaw.
  • Rebellious Princess: She is a Noldorin princess and was one of the most prominent leaders of their rebellion and revolt from Valinor, though she did not side with Fëanor in the Kinslaying but instead fought against him in defense of her Teleri kin.
  • Rewrite: Tolkien could never really make up his mind about what she was doing before The Lord of the Rings. Therefore, several alternative histories exist for her:
    • What is implied in The Lord of the Rings: that she came into Lórien from Beleriand before its destruction in the War of Wrath, and met and married there Celeborn, a local wood-elf.
    • What is written in the 1977 Silmarillion: that she was there the night Fëanor gave his infamous speech in Tirion, joined the exile out of Valinor, crossed Helcaraxë by foot, lived with Melian in Doriath and met and married there Celeborn, a local Sindar Elf.
    • What is written in much later texts: that she met and loved Celeborn, a Teleri Elf of Alqualondë, already in Valinor, that she joined the Noldorin rebellion but fought on the side of the Teleri in Alqualondë, and came to Middle-Earth across the Grinding Ice with her brothers.
    • What is written in the last document on the subject: that she met and married Celeborn in Valinor, and took no part whatsoever in Fëanor's rebellion, but sailed into Middle-Earth independently on a Telerin ship.
  • Statuesque Stunner: As well as being exceptionally tall and strong for an elf woman (standing at 6'4"), she was also said to be exceptionally beautiful, see World's Most Beautiful Woman below.
  • Take That!: In-Universe, posthumously. Fëanor famously asked three times for a strand of her hair, and she denied him every time. Come Lord of the Rings, and Gimli makes the same request. She proceeds to give him three strands.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Being descended from the royal bloodlines of all three elven kindreds, even having the rare blood of the Vanyar through her grandmother, Indis (who herself was named 'The Fair'), Galadriel was often thought of as the most beautiful of all the elves in both Valinor and Middle-earth, along with Lúthien Tinúviel, and later Lúthien's descendant and Galadriel's granddaughter, Arwen Undómiel. She even stands apart from them as being the only one of the three that has no known maia ancestry, therefore she could be seen as the most beautiful full-blood elf ever born.

A prince of Nargothrond (vassal of the House of Finarfin but not related to them) and a friend of Túrin Turambar. Taken captive when he rushed out of cover impulsively in battle, he escaped from Morgoth's mines many years later and was rescued by Túrin. After Túrin's freakout upon killing Beleg, Gwindor took him to safety in Nargothrond. He was killed in Nargothrond's fall.
  • Age Without Youth: Although immortal, after decades of torture and forced labor under Morgoth's yoke, he was left scarred, maimed, and broken.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost a hand in his escape from Angband.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He advocated that Nargothrond continue to use stealth and guerilla tactics against Morgoth. Túrin disagreed.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Gwindor's reaction when he found out that his betrothed, Finduilas, had fallen in love with Túrin. He did warn her, though, that Túrin had been cursed by Morgoth and had a dark destiny ahead of him, and that the Eldar and the Edain should not wed because of all the differences between them, save for a few exceptions Because Destiny Says So (he outright says "Túrin is not Beren"). Túrin, however, didn't reciprocate her feelings.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He led the first charge in the Nírnaeth Arnoediad. A company of orcs marched before Fingon's host, where Gwindor was serving with the companies from Nargothrond, and to taunt them the Orcs brought forth a prisoner and cut him to pieces while he was still alive. That prisoner was Gwindor's brother Gelmir, and seeing this triggered a Roaring Rampage of Revenge from Gwindor, with many of Fingon's host following behind him, and they tore across Anfauglith right up to the doors of Angband, where they were finally overwhelmed and taken prisoner.
  • Made a Slave: After he was captured by Morgoth's forces, he was forced to labor in Angband's mines for years before he escaped.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Inverted when Gwindor, mortally wounded at the fall of Nargothrond, begs Túrin to leave him and try to save Finduilas, whom they both love (in different ways).
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: His PTSD comes not from war, but from being a slave in Angband for fourteen years before finally escaping.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Gwindor, in-universe. Nargothrond started to see him like this when compared to Túrin, even if he did some undeniably badass things in the past. The main reason he seemed non-badass was due to his PTSD, his weakened and maimed appearance after years of torture and slavery, and the fact that he had a much more pragmatic outlook on Nargothrond's chances against Morgoth. Gwindor favored staying in hiding and striking from the shadows. Túrin wanted open battle, and if defeat was inevitable if they fought openly, he would prefer to go down in a blaze of glory. His words and martial prowess swayed the hearts of the people of Nargothrond, and thus sealed their doom.
  • You Will Be Spared: As with many other Noldor, Gwindor was captured and put to work in the mines and forges of Angband, as a great many Noldor were skilled in smithcraft.

The House of Thingol

     Elu Thingol 
Elvenking of Doriath and one of the most important monarchs of the First Age. While leading his people, the Teleri, through Middle-Earth on the way to Valinor, Elu Thingol (then known as Elwë Singollo, his Quenya name) met Melian in the woods of Nan Elmoth and fell in love with her. They stayed there enchanted by each other for centuries, and the greater part of the Teleri stayed in Middle-Earth to search for him; they became the Sindar, or Grey-elves. When they finally reunited with Thingol's people, they founded the kingdom of Doriath. Together, they had a daughter, Lúthien Tinúviel.

Thingol was a wise but overly proud king, and when he learned of the Kinslaying, he forbid any Noldor from entering his kingdom save only the children of his niece Eärwen by Finarfin, who took no part in the massacre. Thingol had no love for Men, and when Beren fell in love with his daughter, he sent Beren on a suicide mission to take a Silmaril from Morgoth—at which he succeeded, which changed Thingol's opinion of Men. He later became the foster-father of Túrin. Thingol was murdered by the dwarves of Nogrod because of their mutual greed over the Silmaril.

  • Anti-Hero: Type IV.
  • Character Development: Started out with a strong dislike of the race of Men. Beren changed his mind (eventually).
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Apparently, Tolkien never came up with a way for Thingol to die that satisfied him. The story of his death in The Silmarillion was pretty anticlimatic for such an important character. It was actually improvised by Christopher Tolkien and Guy Gavriel Kay, since the elder Tolkien only wrote about it during the earliest stage of his universe-building - which was now totally inconsistent both in lore and prose style when the two assembled the complete work.
  • Elves vs. Dwarves: It has been hinted that he was the one who started it, albeit without meaning to. He hired a group of Dwarven smiths; once they completed their job, they demanded to keep the item he'd hired them to make (specifically, fitting a Silmaril into the Nauglamír). He tossed off a dismissive comment and, in response, they murdered him, starting a Cycle of Revenge.
  • Engagement Challenge: Initiated one of these as a way to get rid of Beren. It didn't work out as he'd hoped.
  • Fantastic Racism: Vs. the Noldor. Also vs. mortal Men at first.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He had strong morals and adored his family more than anything, but boy... fortunately, this changed over time.
  • Happily Married: To Melian, a Maia.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Hidden Elf Kingdom, really. He ruled one. (Not really hidden in the sense that most people didn't know where it was, but the Girdle of Melian made it impossible for anyone to actually enter Doriath without leave (unless Destiny Says So, like for Beren). Also, Morgoth's gaze could not penetrate the barrier, so Doriath was 'hidden' from him.)
  • In Name Only: He considers himself king of all Beleriand, and grants permission to the Noldor to settle all its lands save Doriath itself, but Maedhros scoffs at this:
    Maedhros: A king is he that can hold his own, or else his title is vain. Thingol does but grant us lands where his power does not run! Indeed, Doriath alone would be his realm this day but for the coming of the Noldor.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Melian, a Maia (godlike angelic spirit).
  • Jerkass: He treated Beren, a famous hero in the war against Morgoth, like a piece of crap. He learned to think better of him (and of all Men), though.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He had become one by the time he fostered Túrin.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Imprisoned his daughter in a treehouse for her own good. Yes, any parent would be afraid if their daughter wanted to rush off into a very dangerous country to join a completely suicidal quest... but his treatment of Beren, his assuming the guy was in league with Morgoth, and his complete unwillingness to trust that his daughter was actually in love, really bolloxed things up.
  • Large and in Charge: He was the tallest of all the Children of Ilúvatar. No actual measurement is given, but considering that Elendil was just shy of eight feet, Thingol must have been a giant.
  • Love at First Sight: Mutually, with Melian again.
  • Noble Bigot: Pretty much the only openly racist character who isn't an Anti-Hero or worse, though he changed after Beren proved his worth.
  • Not So Different: With Beren, since he was the lesser being in an Interspecies Romance himself. The irony was lost on him.
  • Overprotective Dad: See Knight Templar Parent.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: He thought he'd get one. He didn't.
  • Parental Substitute: To Túrin, apparently with great warmth.
  • Royal Decree: When he heard about the Kinslaying, he was so horrified and furious that he immediately banished all the Noldor from his realm and forbid Quenya to be spoken within Doriath.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Rarely (if ever) left his kingdom, but still managed to have a lot of influence where he wished. Doriath was the most peaceful and prosperous realm in Beleriand until his death, because he had the sense not to join a hopeless war. He was the one who made the decisions, but it was Melian who protected the realm.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: He was a good king and genuinely cared for his wife and Lúthien. It didn't stop him from sending Beren on a suicide mission and imprisoning his own daughter "for her own good."

One of the holy Maiar, Melian loved to stray from Valinor to the woods of Middle-Earth, and there met Thingol. Together they founded the kingdom of Doriath, which Thingol ruled and she protected with the Girdle of Melian, an enchantment that bewildered any unbidden intruders. Melian gave birth to Lúthien, and after her husband and daughter's deaths, she left Doriath in grief and returned to Valinor. She was a friend and mentor to Galadriel.

     Lúthien Tinúviel 
Lúthien was the daughter of Thingol, the Elven-king of Doriath. Her mother was a Maia, one of those angelic, demiurgic spirits that helped create the universe. Her magical powers were essential in helping Beren achieve his quest. She chose to become mortal so that she could be with Beren forever, though it required an eternal separation from her beloved parents.
  • Animorphism: She managed to sneak herself and Beren into Angband by using flayed skins to turn him into a werewolf and herself into some kind of giant vampire bat (what exactly she turned into is pretty vague).
  • Author Avatar: Author's Wife's Avatar because Tolkien based her on his wife, such as her beautiful grey eyes.
  • Back from the Dead: When Beren died, Lúthien died too out of sorrow, and her spirit went to the Halls of Mandos, where she managed to persuade Mandos into letting them both return to life — but only under the condition that she became a mortal and would die for real when Beren did.
  • Bookend: She was called "The Morningstar of the Elves" born to the Sindar during the days of their full glory, and gave birth to the line of Half-Elven. The line of Half-Elves was later reunited by Arwen, who was called "The Eveningstar of the Elves", as she marked the end of the Elven rule on Middle-Earth
  • Determinator: Nothing in this world or the next — treacherous false friends, objecting parents, dangers and difficulties of the wilderness, on-going war, supernatural monsters, physical gods, laws of metaphysics or death itself — can stop her from getting the man she loves.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In Thangorodrim before Morgoth's throne, her music first put the Orcs to sleep, then the Balrogs, until only Morgoth was left, and then...
    The dark and mighty head was bowed;
    like mountain-top beneath a cloud
    the shoulders foundered, the vast form
    crashed, as in overwhelming storm
    huge cliffs in ruin slide and fall;
    and prone lay Morgoth in his hall.
  • Divine Parentage: Her mother, Melian, was a Maia.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She had as much part in finishing the Quest as Beren, if not more and ultimately ends it together with him, in death.
  • Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: Has a certain degree of magic power that she uses to solve difficult situations, e.g. enchanting people to sleep, growing Rapunzel Hair at will, but she can't power her way through every problem.
  • Flower Motifs: Her dress was blue with golden flowers, and flowers grew out of her footstep when she sang.
  • Forced Sleep: She had the ability to cast almost any kind of creature into an enchanted sleep, including Elf guards, the giant wolf Carcharoth, Sauron (very briefly), and Morgoth and his entire court.
  • Friend to All Living Things: See Fertile Feet. She also befriended Huan, the hound who had never spoken before.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She gave up her immortality to bring Beren back to life.
  • I Will Find You: She did this twice to Beren: first when he had left for his suicide mission of stealing a Silmaril from Morgoth's crown, and then when he was dying and Lúthien was determined to follow him into death to see him again. Both times she succeeded.
  • Magical Girl: Magical enough to put Melkor and his entire court to sleep.
  • Magic Music: Her music was magical. note 
  • Meaningful Name: Lúthien means Enchantress. Her singing and her dancing were magical; among other things she could enchant people into sleep with them. More concretely, she had the tendency to make men fall in love with her or lust after her.
  • Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: Half elven, half Physical God.
  • The Power of Love: Yep, it's even stronger than death.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Lúthien humiliated Sauron.
    Lúthien came to him, and said that he should be stripped (of his body)... and his ghost be sent quaking back to Morgoth; and she said: "There everlastingly thy naked self shall endure the torment of his scorn, pierced by his eyes, unless thou yield to me the mastery of thy tower."
    • It was yielded.
  • Rapunzel Hair: At one point, Lúthien escaped from a tree-house prison (where her father put her "for her own good," of course) with this trope. First, she had to magically grow her hair out in about an hour, then bewitch the guards to sleep. Later, she cut it off and wove it into a cloak.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She was to some extent the "author avatar" for the author's wife, who had dark hair and light skin. This combination shows up in most elves (the most beautiful race in Arda) and is especially emphasized, with blacker-than-black hair, in the two most beautiful women ever born: Lúthien and her descendant Arwen.
  • Rebellious Princess
    She wavered, and she stayed her song.
    'The road,' she said, 'was wild and long,
    but Thingol sent me not, nor knows
    what way his rebellious daughter goes.'
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Russian translators just can't agree on an appropriate Cyrillic transliteration of her name, with at least eight in existence, and counting. The consensus spelling seems to be Лютиэн, but this is far from a settled issue. It doesn't help that a very popular translation of The Lord of the Rings from The '80s used the spelling Лучиэнь, which is not a pronunciation-accurate translation but instead an attempt at a poetic Woolseyism.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Beren. Ultimately, the only way they could be together was in death — and she had to become an unique exception to the rules of metaphysics to even have that.
  • Tender Tears: In the Halls of Mandos, Lúthien cried these while singing a song about the pain of life so sad she managed to move Mandos's heart.
  • Together in Death: Ironically, her Heroic Sacrifice of giving up her immortality to enable Beren to return to life allowed them to finally be eternally together. As an elf, Lúthien would have been ultimately separated from him, as the souls of dead mortals pass out of the world, and the elves, even when their bodies die, must stay inside it until they reincarnate. But when she became a mortal, too; their souls would leave the world and face the unknown fate outside it together.
  • True Blue Femininity: When Beren first meets her.
    Blue was her raiment as the unclouded heaven, but her eyes were grey as the starlit evening; her mantle was sewn with golden flowers, but her hair was dark as the shadows of twilight.
    • Most fanart also depicts her wearing a blue dress of some sort.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Described as having grey eyes; in addition to having powerful magic, she is said to be the World's Most Beautiful Woman. Her real-life counterpart (Tolkien's wife) also had grey eyes.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: The most beautiful of all the elves, the most beautiful incarnates ever made by Eru.

The only son of Beren and Lúthien, husband of the Sindarin princess, Nimloth, and father of Elwing, Eluréd, and Elurín. Dior became the king of Doriath after Thingol's death, leading the realm into a new rise after all the tumultous events. However, he was slain only four years after his coronation when the Sons of Fëanor assaulted Doriath in the Second Kinslaying, killing much of its inhabitants. The kingdom never recovered.

Oldest daughter of Dior and Nimloth, and sister of twins Eluréd and Elurín. Her family died in the attack by the Sons of Fëanor, but she escaped with the Silmaril and married Eärendil the Voyager, and gave birth to the twin sons Elrond and Elros. Once while Eärendil was on the sea, the Sons of Fëanor attacked and tried to take the Silmaril by force, but Elwing cast herself into the sea. Ulmo Lord of Waters then gave her the shape of a sea bird, and she flew till she found Eärendil's ship.
  • Animal Talk: She learned to speak with birds.
  • Animorphism: Ulmo temporarily gave her the form of a sea bird. Later, though she lacked her grandmother's ability to truly shapeshift, she "built" artificial wings and learned to fly among the sea birds, to meet Eärendil when he was returning back home from his voyages on the night sky.
  • Heinz Hybrid: 5/8 elven, 1/4 Man, 1/8 Maia. Married to a Half-Human Hybrid, Eärendil. In them, the two lineages of Half-Elves joined, only to be divided again into the lineages of Elrond and Elros (which would rejoin yet again through Aragorn and Arwen.)
  • I Will Wait for You: Elwing could be seen as the symbol of all women left on the shore waiting for their sailor husbands.
  • Last of His Kind: Last of the House of Thingol, after all her family were killed in the Second Kinslaying.
  • Mage Tower: While she wasn't a mage, Elwing was a person with distinctive magical powers (like...flying) and she ended up living in a lonely tower by the sea.
  • No Escape but Down: Cornered by the Fëanorians, she jumped off the cliffs into the sea.

A loremaster, linguist and minstrel in Thingol's court. He was renowned as the greatest minstrel that ever lived, and he also invented the Cirth alphabet (the runes). In the original version, Daeron was also Thingol's son and Lúthien's brother, but in the 1977 Silmarillion he was not related to the ruling family. Instead, he loved Lúthien and played music to her dancing, but she only saw him as a friend. He betrayed her trust twice out of jealousy (and/or distrust for Beren) by informing Thingol of her intentions. When she escaped Doriath to help Beren, Daeron sought but never found her, and finally went missing.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: It's never implied that there was anything wrong with him as a suitor before he was consumed by his jealousy of Beren.
  • False Friend: Played with. Originally a real friend, Daeron later used Lúthien's trust against her. He did this out of a misguided belief that he was doing what was best for her.
  • For Your Own Good: From Daeron's point of view, he was just protecting Lúthien from a silly, dangerous affair with a wild man who didn't deserve her.
  • I Will Find You: He didn't.
  • Like Brother and Sister: How Lúthien viewed their relationship.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Or perhaps stupid, if not outright crazy.
  • Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: He kept wandering around the world, searching for Lúthien.
  • Walking the Earth: His eventual fate. Compare this to what happened to another great yet tragic Elven minstrel, Maglor.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He meant well when he told Thingol about Beren, and later told him that Lúthien was planning to follow Beren. But his meddling only messed things up more than they needed to be, and slowed down Lúthien's attempt to rescue Beren.

     Beleg Cúthalion 
A captain in Thingol's army, Beleg was the greatest tracker among the Gray-elves. He aided Beren and Thingol in hunting the wolf Carcharoth, and years later became a dear friend and brother-in-arms to Túrin, whose band of raiders he joined. Beleg was grievously wounded when their hideout was discovered and Túrin captured, but he still risked his life to rescue his friend. Tragically, when Beleg undid Túrin's bindings, Túrin mistook him for an enemy and killed his friend.
  • Accidental Murder: The victim.
  • Archer Archetype: The best that ever lived. Yes, better than Legolas. He was famous for his skill with his named bow Belthronding — his epithet Cúthalion meant Strongbow. As a chief among Doriath's march-wardens, Beleg was more than capable of surviving and fighting alone in the wilderness, and very skilled in stealth and woodcraft. However, Beleg also recognized that he would need a sword as well when he left Doriath to find Túrin.
  • Bash Brothers: With Túrin.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Towards Túrin.
  • Bigger Is Better: His name, Beleg, means "great, large, mighty." Beleg was very tall and strong for a Sinda (not counting his near-gigantic monarch).
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Wielded Anglachel, a gift from King Thingol, when he left Menegroth to search for Túrin.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Túrin's unsavory comrades inflicted this upon Beleg when he discovered their hideout, but Túrin stopped them.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Túrin.
  • Lightning Reveal: Revealed his face seconds after he died.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Getting killed by your own student seems especially harsh, though.
  • They Call Him "Sword": His surname, Cúthalion, meant "Strongbow."

Chief captain of Thingol. Unlike Beleg, who was almost always at Doriath's borders, Mablung was positioned in the capital Menegroth and was present at many important events, such as Beren's arrival in Menegroth and the hunt for Carcharoth. He was killed by the dwarves of Nogrod after they killed Thingol.
  • Glory Seeker: Perhaps, as he didn't want to be left out of the Union of Maedhros just because his king Thingol wouldn't join the Union due to personal reasons.
  • Last Stand: When the Dwarves attacked Doriath in the Battle of the Thousand Caves, Mablung defended the treasury where the Silmaril was locked until he was killed before its doors.note 
  • Must Make Amends: After losing Morwen and Niënor in the wilderness, Mablung tried in vain to recover them because of Thingol entrusting him as their guard.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: A subtle example. When Mablung finally found Túrin, he told him the news of his family, without knowing that the information he brought would cause Túrin to commit suicide. Yes, nothing seemed to work right for this guy.
  • My Greatest Failure: He considered the disappearance of Morwen and Niënor to be this.
  • The Red Baron: He is called, redundantly, "Mablung of the Heavy Hand" (Mablung means "heavy hand"). This epesse presumably referred to the strength of his sword-blows; his real name is unknown.
  • You Are in Command Now: After the death of Thingol and the departure of Melian, he was the highest-ranking person left in Doriath, and so the defense of Doriath against the vengeful Dwarven host of Nogrod fell to him.

A Nandorin Elf and one of Thingol's councilors. Jealous of the favor Túrin enjoyed in Thingol's court, Saeros harassed the young Man, but Túrin took his abuse with grace. That is, until Saeros insulted the pride of both his people and his mother, whereupon Túrin hurled a goblet at his face and injured him. The next day, Saeros ambushed Túrin and tried to murder him, but Túrin got the better of him, stripped him naked, and drove him through the woods as payback — which ended in tragedy when Saeros fell into a ravine in his panic and died, causing Túrin to voluntarily exile himself in shame.
  • Accidental Murder: His fate, though it was a direct result of...
  • Asshole Victim: His racist attitude and petty attempt to kill Túrin result in his demise. It’s stated that Mandos would hold him for a very long time.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Yes, pick on Túrin and insult his ancestry. No way he'll flip out and physically assault you.
  • Fantastic Racism: Had a very low opinion of anyone who wasn't an Elf.
  • Hate Sink: Saeros is a racist Elf in King Thingol's court who resented the presence of Turin as a ward of Thingol. One evening Saeros made insulting remarks about Turin's people, causing Turin to injure Saeros. The next morning, Saeros attempted to murder Turin over the last night's events, provoking Turin into stripping him and accidentally killing him by running him off a cliff. When Thingol heard of what Saeros had done, he pardoned Turin, while it was stated that Saeros would be held in Mandos, the land of the dead, for a long time due to his misdeeds.
  • Jerkass: And his reaction to earning a broken mouth was to attempt murder by ambush. Nice guy!
  • Karmic Death: When Túrin made a return trip to Menegroth, Saeros mockingly asked if “[the women of Dor-Lomin] run like the deer clad only in their hair”. Sure enough, when Saeros tries to kill Túrin the next day, Turin strips him and makes him run through the forest, leading to Saeros running off a cliff and dying.
  • Meaningful Name: "Saer" can be translated as "bitter."
  • The Resenter: Hated the fact that Túrin, a Man, was so high in favor with Thingol.

Great-nephew of Thingol and husband of Galadriel. See this character sheet for more details.

Men of the Edain

Chieftainess of the Haladin, the second of the three tribes of the Edain. Haleth's father, Haldad, had led their people into Beleriand, where they settled on Caranthir's land. When orcs attacked their encampment, Haldad and his son Haldar were killed, but Haleth rallied the Haladin for seven days before Caranthir's forces arrived. Refusing to become Caranthir's vassal, she led the Haladin to the forest of Brethil.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: How beloved was she? Her people changed their name from the Haladin to the People of Haleth.
  • Action Girl: With an Amazon Brigade in some versions.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The only character in the whole book to crack a joke.
  • Determinator: She held her people together during the Orcs' assault, and got them to follow her through the Valley of Dreadful Death, through sheer force of will and personality.
  • Founder of the Kingdom: She led her people to the Forest of Brethil, which became their home for the rest of the First Age.
  • Humans Are Warriors: Haleth very aptly demonstrated this fact. She led one of the first three tribes of Men that the elves encountered.
  • Iron Lady: Chieftainess of the Haladin, and a fearsome one at that.
  • Maiden Aunt: She never married, leaving her nephew Haldan to inherit her position.
  • The Migration: She led it, right through the edge of Nan Dungortheb, the Valley of Dreadful Death.
  • Screw You, Elves!: She had a particular taste for saying this.
  • Virgin Power: She's the greatest female warrior of the First Age and never marries or has children.

A mortal wisewoman of the house of Bëor, eldest daughter and second child of Boromir (not that one), first Lord of Ladros. She was in love with the Elf Aegnor, though they never married for various reasons; in a tragic irony, she ended up outliving him.
  • Brainy Brunette: Said to have had dark hair (she’s often depicted as a brunette in art), and was very learned in the lore of Men and more than capable of keeping up with Elves in a debate. The Elves called her Saelind, meaning “wise-heart”.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Aegnor. Notable for being the only recorded case of a human-Elf romance in Tolkien’s writing where it’s a male elf falling for a mortal woman, rather than the other way around. Sadly, they never got married, due to there being a war on (and Aegnor dying in battle).
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Aegnor. Possibly one of the reasons they didn’t get together (besides there being a war and Elves being opposed to Wartime Wedding). Ironically, Andreth ended up outliving Aegnor.
  • Meaningful Name: Both her names. Saleind means “wise-heart”, whilst Andreth means “long-suffering”: she could never be with her One True Love Aegnor and never married nor had children, implying she never got over him.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Aegnor’s brother, King Finrod.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: With Aegnor. They couldn’t be together properly for various reasons, she outlived him, and because Elves and Men do not go to the same place after death, they’ll never see each other again.

     Beren Erchamion 
Beren was a mortal Man from the House of Bëor, son of Barahir and Emeldir, who fell in love with Lúthien, princess of the elven kingdom of Doriath. Her father, Thingol, was displeased and demanded a Silmaril in exchange for his daughter's hand in marriage. With the help of some elves and Lúthien herself, Beren accomplished this seemingly hopeless quest. Later, after Thingol was killed by dwarves, Beren led a counterattack on the dwarves and got the Silmaril back from them.
  • Author Avatar: The name "Beren" is on J. R. R. Tolkien's tombstone.
  • Back from the Dead: He was specifically pointed out as the only mortal who knew where their souls went after death, but he never spoke with another Man after coming back...
  • Badass Normal: When the price for your head that Satanic Archetype made is the same as that of high king of elves, you know you are one. He also crossed a valley when Ungoliant and her progeny took home. However, see Overshadowed by Awesome.
  • Battle Couple: With Luthien, and they are one of the most prominent ones, as you can read their descriptions.
  • Berserk Button: After Thingol threatened Beren with painful death, what annoyed Beren most was being called a servant of Morgoth.
    "Death thou canst give unearned to me
    but names I will not take from thee
    of baseborn, spy, or Morgoth's thrall.
    Are these the ways of Thingol's hall?"
    • Also, when Lúthien is in danger. It doesn't happen too often, since she's a Determinator, but when it does look out!
  • Death Seeker: Between burying his father and meeting Lúthien.
    As fearless Beren was renowned,
    as man most hardy upon ground,
    while Barahir yet lived and fought;
    but sorrow now his soul had wrought
    to dark despair, and robbed his life
    of sweetness, that he longed for knife,
    or shaft, or sword, to end his pain,
    and dreaded only thraldom's chain.
    Danger he sought and death pursued,
    and thus escaped the fate he wooed...
  • Determinator: Alone in Taur-Nu-Fuin and hunted by Morgoth's army? He harried and harrassed them for years. Valley of Dreadful Death? Girdle of Melian? They couldn't stop him. Overprotective Dad? He wasn't intimidated. Impossible Task? He was on it. Ruthless elven princes, giant werewolves, and the armies of Angband? They couldn't stop him, either. The laws of metaphysics are against his marriage? He tried, anyway. Death? He came back. Beren Will Not Give Up.
  • Distressed Dude: For all his accomplishements, he had to be rescued by Luthien from Sauron's dungeons.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He was a valiant vassal of Finrod Felagund and warrior against Morgoth. After the Fourth Battle, Beren lived alone as an outlaw in Taur-Nu-Fuin, once his homeland, which was now overrun with orcs and worse. He harried the forces of Morgoth until the price on his head was no less than the bounty on High King Fingon. And when things got bad enough he fled south through Ered Gorgoroth, "The Mountains of Terror," and Nan Dungortheb, "The Valley of Dreadful Death", a feat few elves had even attempted, much less survived. Then, when Beren was brought before Thingol, he was treated like the scum of the earth.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Boy, did he ever.
  • Engagement Challenge: He faced one. And succeeded, with some help from Lúthien.
  • Exact Words: How he fulfilled it. Hey, technically the Silmaril was still in his hand. Thingol never specified he had to bring it with him!
  • Friend to All Living Things: The animals that lived in Dorthonion weren't too happy with the land being taken over by Morgoth either, and they helped Beren survive when he was left alone after his father and their band of outlaws were killed by Sauron's forces. During this time, Beren ate no creature that was not in the service of the Enemy.
  • Handicapped Badass: After he lost his hand, Beren went on to fight the giant werewolf that bit it off.
  • The Hero: Possibly the greatest hero of the First Age. And that's really saying something.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He died saving Thingol from Carcharoth.
  • Honor Before Reason: Multiple times Lúthien begs him to abandon the quest, saying she will simply run away with him. He refuses each time, swearing that he will fulfill his task.
  • Impossible Task: "Go to Hell and steal a Silmaril from Satan" was intended to just make him give up and go away, not as an actual bride price. Don't ever tell Beren to give up.
  • I Will Wait for You: When Beren lay dying, Lúthien begged him to wait for her. What she meant was the spirits of Men first go to the Halls of Mandos like those of Elves, but soon afterwards they set sail out of the world into an unknown destination. So Lúthien was begging him to wait in the Halls before passing out of the world, so when she died of grief she would get to see him one last time. He obliged.
  • Last of His Kind: After the Dagor Bragollach, Beren's mother Emeldir led the surviving women and children of the House of Bëor out of Dorthonion to the relative safety of Hithlum. Beren, his father Barahir, and ten companions chose to stay behind, becoming outlaws in their own land. One of their band was tricked and captured by Sauron, and after torment and further trickery he revealed the location of their hideout. Barahir and all the outlaws were killed, and Beren only survived because he had been sent on a scouting mission by his father.
  • Love at First Sight: With Lúthien.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He's by no means a weakiling, see Badass Normal above. It's just he had to stand against Morgoth, and Sauron, who are both Physical Gods, other great threats, and his bride (and later wife) is a princess whose mother is an angel and her father is one of the greatest kings of elves. He doesn't quit, though.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: After crossing a valley where Ungoliant made her home, and her power clashed with that of Sauron's and Melian's. Nothing could bring him to speak of the horrors in it.
  • Together in Death: He and Lúthien. Because she chose to become a mortal, when they died (for the second time) their souls went to the same destination.

     Húrin Thalion 
The heir of the House of Hador and Lord of Dor-Lómin. The elder son of Galdor and Hareth, Húrin stumbled upon Gondolin with his brother Huor as a youth and befriended Turgon; later, he became a hero in the Nírnaeth Arnoediad (Battle of Unnumbered Tears), covering Turgon's retreat and killing seventy orcs and trolls before being taken alive by Morgoth. Húrin defied the Dark Lord when tortured for the location of Gondolin, and so his family was cursed and Húrin forced to watch from afar as his wife Morwen and their children (Túrin and Niënor) suffered decades of horrific tragedy and finally committed suicide. Finally, Morgoth released Húrin as a tool of his malice, leading to the ruin of Doriath and Brethil and the discovery of Gondolin.
  • An Axe to Grind: Used an axe to kill said seventy enemies. Though it wasn't actually his, it was just one he picked up.
  • Badass Normal: He was considered the greatest warrior of Man in the First Age, and in his last battle killed no fewer than seventy of Morgoth's soldiers, many of them being trolls, without the skill or power of the Eldar.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: It's hard not to feel sorry for the poor guy, but why did he have to get "revenge" on Doriath and Brethil for nonexistent wrongs by causing the destruction of both countries? This may be Torture Makes You Crazy instead.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Subjected to it for decades.
  • Driven to Suicide: Probably. Maybe. Nobody's entirely sure how he died.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Hurin outlived all his children; Urwen died as a child, and Turin and Nienor committed suicide after learning that they were siblings.
  • Secret Keeper: Of Gondolin's location alongside his brother. He ended up unwittingly leading Morgoth's forces there, anyway.
  • Unwitting Pawn: After Morgoth released him, Húrin ended up causing the total destruction of Brethil and Doriath (which he may or may not have desired in revenge for crimes Morgoth put in his head) and of Gondolin (which he definitely didn't intend).
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Pulled this off against the entire army of Morgoth alone so his allies could escape. He fought to the point where his axe melted on his hands and even then did not give up. All the while shouting: "Day shall come again!" Whether fortunately or unfortunately Morgoth ordered him taken alive; by the end he fell under the weight of at least seventy enemies he'd singlehandedly slain.

     Morwen Eledhwen 

The wife of Húrin and mother of Túrin and Niënor. The daughter of Baragund from the House of Bëor, the proud yet noble Morwen raised her children alone after Húrin was captured by Morgoth, and sent Túrin to Doriath for his protection. Out of stubbornness and pride for her homeland, she chose not to follow them to Doriath when invited. Years later, when it was again safe to do so, she and Niënor traveled to Doriath to reunite with Túrin but found he had departed. Hearing rumor of Túrin in Nargothrond, they set out to find him, but were ambushed by Glaurung. Morwen fled into the wild and never saw her children again. Two years later, broken and weary, Morwen found her children's grave and was herself found by Húrin, in whose arms she died. She was buried with her children, and the site of their grave, Tol Morwen, remained above the waves when Beleriand was drowned.

  • Determinator: Nothing kept her from searching for her son — including the sound advice of others.
  • Ice Queen: Her demeanor and way of speaking cannot be called warm.
  • Iron Lady: She's proud, stubborn, and somewhat cold.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: First there was Lalaith, who died from plague as a child. Then it went From Bad to Worse.
  • Pride: Though her homeland and her husband's homeland were conquered by orcs and their people enslaved by evil Men, she initially would not humble herself to go to Doriath as an exile. This was the first step of the tragedy of Túrin's life.
  • The Stoic: She was very disinclined to show sensitivity or deep emotions to others.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: She came to Dor-Lómin as a displaced refugee from Ladros.

     Túrin Turambar 
Túrin was a Man whose father, Húrin, had defied Morgoth. In retaliation, Morgoth cursed Húrin's family, and Túrin received the brunt of it. He ran away from his foster-father Thingol, accidentally killed his best friend, got caught in a love triangle, brought about the fall of the elven kingdom Nargothrond through bad advice, brought suffering upon his native people, and unknowingly married his sister, causing both of them to commit suicide upon the revelation. In spite of all this, he did manage to kill the most powerful dragon in Middle-Earth at that time.

The Children of Húrin is primarily about his wretched life.

  • Accidental Murder: Of Saeros (described below) and Beleg. Túrin was captured by orcs at one point, and Beleg came to rescue him. When Beleg accidentally pricked him with his sword when cutting off his bonds, Túrin woke up and thought the Orcs had come to torture him again. In a fit of rage, he grabbed Beleg's sword and killed him. He had a Heroic BSoD when he found out what he'd done.
  • Anti-Hero: Type III — Type V.
  • Back from the Dead: If Mandos's prophecy (Arda's equivalent to Apocalyptic Literature) is canon, then Túrin will return from the dead at the end of the world and destroy Morgoth once and for all.
  • Badass Normal: If hadn't been proved before then, it certainly was when he finally killed Glaurung.
  • Bash Brothers: With Beleg.
  • Berserk Button: Do not insult his family. Saeros found out the hard way what a bad idea this was. Brandir also got killed for trying to tell Túrin the truth about his wife, Níniel.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: When he finally killed Glaurung, exposure to the dragon's blood and one final blast from its eyes almost killed him. Then Glaurung's final revelation lead to his actual death.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: But he didn't know she was his sister...
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: No matter what he did to flee the curse on his house, Morgoth's malice found him.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Kullervo from The Kalevala.
  • Character Witness: Nellas, a Sindarin elf maiden who befriended Túrin when he first came to Doriath. She preferred the forest and was never comfortable in the caves of Menegroth, and as Túrin got older and spent more time there they grew apart, though she would secretly watch him whenever he ventured into the forest with Beleg. She witnessed what actually happened when Saeros died, and Beleg calls her to Menegroth to stand before Thingol, where she very nervously gave her testimony, exonerating Túrin.
  • The Chosen One: According to prophecy, Morgoth will one day die by his hand.
  • Chick Magnet: Nellas, Larnach's daughter, Finduilas, Nienor. One of them already had a fiance, and another was his sister!
  • Cosmic Plaything: The entire universe is out to get him and he knows it.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Túrin's slide into total cynical dysfunction started with the death of his little sister, Lalaith, who was killed in a plague while he himself was just a kid. And, oddly it ended, by suicide, just after the suicide of his other little sister, Niënor. Who he, in ignorance, had married and gotten pregnant.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He wore black, had a sinister black sword, and had black hair (unlike the rest of his family). And still one of the good guys.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Gets very close to it several times, and finally crosses it at the end.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Is described as making for a poor artisan, because in trying to learn crafts his strength would lead him to breaking the materials he was working on.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He got to kill Morgoth in the Dagor Dagorath.
  • Doom Magnet: His pride, despair, and misfortune led to the fall of four kingdoms, thanks to the curse of Morgoth. And possibly his own pride.
  • Driven to Suicide: After the life he led, it's hard to blame him.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: If the prophecy is considered canon, he'll eventually come back to life and get his completely deserved revenge on Morgoth.
  • Empathic Weapon: Gurthang was some kind of weird talking sword, somehow. Or maybe Túrin was crazy and only imagined it. Nobody knows for sure.
  • Fantastic Racism: Túrin was a victim of it. During his time at Menegroth, he was often harassed by Saeros, a Nandorin Elf living in Menegroth and a counselor to Thingol, who insulted and disparaged Túrin at every opportunity. Finally, Saeros pushed too far, and Túrin hurled a drinking vessel at his face; Mablung commented that Saeros had earned a broken mouth for his abuse. This led to a confrontation that ended in Saeros' accidental death.
  • Heroic BSoD: After accidentally killing his longtime friend Beleg, he went into a BSOD that lasted several weeks.
    • He went into a second one, that also lasted a long time, after he failed to save Finduilas.
  • Hero of Another Story: His cousin Tuor glimpses him while traveling, but has no idea who he is and doesn't even say a word to him.
  • Hunk: He is described to be as tall and handsome as those of Noldor Royalty, yet his Mannish blood gave him a more rugged apearance.
  • I Have Many Names: Even for a Tolkien character, Túrin had a lot... he wished to conceal his true name since his family was cursed and yet everywhere he went someone eventually spilled the beans, leading him to take up another one once he went somewhere new. Most of those he gave himself were rather... gloomy.
    • Neithan, "The Wronged" (self-named)
    • Agarwaen son of Úmarth, "Bloodstained son of Ill-fate" (self-named)
    • Thuringud, "The Hidden Foe" (self-named)
    • Adanedhel, "The Elf-Man" (bestowed by the Elves of Nargothrond)
    • Mormegil, "Black Sword" (also given by the Elves of Nargothrond)
    • Thurin, "The Secretive" (bestowed by Finduilas)
    • "Wildman of the Woods" (self-named)
    • Turambar, "Master of Fate" (self-named)
  • Incest Is Relative: Dude, that was your sister. Granted, he didn't know it was his sister since they'd never met.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Saeros ambushed Túrin, but Túrin got the upper hand. Túrin then stripped and pursued a naked Saeros through the woods, until Saeros fell off a cliff and died. Túrin did not intend for that to happen, and because of his guilt he assumed the King would never pardon him and decided to flee Menegroth and become an outlaw.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Over and over, but especially in bringing about Nargothrond's downfall through his poor advice to the king.
  • Nice to the Waiter: One of the first things noted about him in his childhood was his compassion to his father's handicapped servant.
  • Oblivious to Love: Is completely floored as to why Nellas would watch and follow him around. Beleg appears incredulous that he can't figure it out.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Committed suicide after his unborn child with Nienor perished when Nienor threw herself from Cabed-en-Aras.
  • Pride: The reason he never accepted Thingol's pardon for Saeros' death and never returned to Doriath, despite the king and Beleg pleading with him to do so.
  • Screw Destiny: Subverted. He couldn't. Brought to the point by Niënor's outcry: A Túrin Turambar turun ambartanen. "Oh Master of Doom by doom mastered."
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Finduilas (one-sided or unrequited) and Niënor (unknowingly his sister). Because he is just that doomed.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Turin mostly inherited the looks of his mother Morwen: dark hair, grey (or blue) eyes, tall height. Contrast with his father Hurin who was short (inheriting the height of the Men of Brethil) and blond.
  • Supernaturally Marked Grave: The place where he (and his mother) are buried is called Tol Morwen, which forms the westernmost island off the coast of Forlindon, which was created when the War of Wrath destroyed Beleriand.
  • Sympathetic Sentient Weapon: Curiously, Gurthang his black sword. Slayed many enemies with it, including the dragon Glaurung. The blade spoke to his master and agreed to put Túrin out of his misery for his failures. The blade broke when he cast himself upon it (implying it was indestructible and could not fail unless its master died). When Túrin returns at the last battle, Gurthang returns with him, to rid the universe of Melkor.
  • They Call Him "Sword": One of his various epitaths was the Mormegil, the Black Sword, which he earned in Nargothrond for his prowess with his black sword Gurthang.
  • Tragic Hero: He tried so hard to be a great hero like his father, but his own pride and temper, and the malice of Morgoth, just ruined everything he tried to accomplish.
  • Trauma Conga Line: His whole freaking life.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Shunned his foster-father purely because one of his councillors was a jerkass. He assumed Thingol would condemn him for accidentally causing Saeros' death, and then repeatedly refused to accept Thingol's pardon and pleas to come home.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: However, the text is explicit that Túrin did have opportunities in which he could have thrown off Morgoth's curse, or at least lessened the impact. Most significantly, he could have accepted Thingol's pardon and gone back to Doriath any time he wanted, but was too proud. Another major one was the matter of Finduilas, as accepting her love would have prevented the chain of events that led to the final fulfillment of the curse (specifically, her death at the hand of orcs was the one factor that sealed his fate).

     Niënor Níniel 

The youngest daughter of Húrin and Morwen, and sister of Túrin and Lalaith. She grew up in the occupied region of Dor-Lómin with her mother before their escape to Doriath, where her brother Túrin was sent before her birth; however, he had long since departed. When word reached Doriath about his whereabouts, Niënor followed Morwen in the search for Túrin against her mother's wishes. The search party was ambushed and scattered by Glaurung, and the dragon inflicted Niënor with amnesia. She was discovered by Túrin in Brethil, and they were wed years later.

  • Broken Bird: Big time.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Unknowingly. It does not end well when she realises.
  • Damsel in Distress: After her encounter with Glaurung.
  • Driven to Suicide: When Glaurung revealed her identity to her and his death lifted the amnesia, she is horrified to realise she has fallen in love (and been impregnanted by) her own brother and throws herself off a cliff.
  • Easy Amnesia: Due to a spell Glaurung placed on her, she completely forgets who she is. Unfortunately, this means she also forgets she and Túrin are siblings...
  • Heroic BSoD: After losing her memory and being attacked by orcs, she suffers a breakdown, tears off her clothes and runs through the woods, before collapsing to the ground. Túrin finds her like this and takes her in and cares for her. They eventually fall in love and marry. Now, if only they weren't siblings...
  • Incest Is Relative: Married her own brother and became pregnant with his child. She was completely unaware of this though, due to her amnesia and the fact he'd never met her (he left home before she was even born), and when she realised the truth, she was so distraught she killed herself.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Brandir had romantic feelings for her, but she only liked him platonically. Towards her actual brother, on the other hand...
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means mourning in Sindarin.
  • Mind Rape: By Glaurung, at least twice.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: She disguised herself as a marchwarden of Doriath to join the search for her brother. It didn't end very well.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Gets attacked by a dragon who wipes her memories, attacked by orcs after being rescued and then gets lost in the woods following a breakdown. She later marries a nice guy and is expecting his baby, only to have her memories restored and realises she's married her own brother, culminating in her suicide. Good grief.

The son of Huor and Rían, first cousin of Túrin (Huor was younger brother to Turin's father Hurin). Tuor was chosen by the Vala Ulmo to fulfill his prophecy of a messenger to warn Turgon of impending doom of Gondolin. Turgon ignored Ulmo's warning and Gondolin fell, but Tuor escaped and saved many survivors. While in Gondolin, he wedded Turgon's daughter Idril; their son was Eärendil. Tuor sailed over the sea, and is said in one text to be the only mortal Man to be granted immortality alongside the elves.
  • An Axe to Grind: Tuor's main weapon was an axe known as Dramborleg, which he favored over any sword.
  • Badass Normal: He's just a normal human, but survived the fall of Gondolin and kicked Maeglin's ass. He also survived being Made a Slave and managed to escape. Possibly subverted, as it's said he was eventually granted immortality.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Ulmo gave Tuor a vague desire to find Turgon's hidden city, and for years after escaping from slavery he yearned to seek out the sea and Turgon. He kept procrastinating, but Ulmo doggedly kept poking him until he finally went to Vinyamar.
  • The Chosen One: Chosen by Ulmo to bring his message to Gondolin, and intended to lead Turgon and his people from the city to the Mouths of Sirion.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Idril, elven daughter of Turgon.
  • Jumped at the Call: Though he briefly questioned Ulmo's judgment in making him his messenger, Tuor followed his instructions without hesitation.
  • Made a Slave: He was separated from his elven foster family as a teenager, captured, and made to serve Lorgan the Easterling for three years before escaping.
  • Papa Wolf: When Maeglin tries to stab his son Eärendil he breaks their arm, then throws him off the walls of Gondolin.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Though born a mortal Man, he was raised by elves and learned their lore, and had bearing like them. In the end, Tuor was counted as an elf, a once-in-the-universe exception (like Lúthien becoming of the kindred of Men).

The son of Tuor and Idril, Eärendil was half Elf and half Man. During his time, all the Elven and Mannish kingdoms had been destroyed by Morgoth. He realized that the Valar would have to send aid to defeat Morgoth, so he set sail to Valinor. He was unable to reach it, because of the barriers the Valar had set up, until his wife gave him the Silmaril, which could cut through the darkness. Eärendil asked the Valar for pardon and aid for all the beseiged survivors in Beleriand, even the exiled Noldor, and they granted it. His ship, bearing the Silmaril, was put up into the sky as a star, as a sign of hope for all in Middle-Earth. In the resulting war, Morgoth was overthrown and banished from the world.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: How exactly does Eärendil survive in the "starless voids" beyond the Door of Night in an open ship designed for the sea? The Valar made him totally immune to vacuum and took away his need for air? They attached a permanent air-bubble to Vingilot? (It's noted specifically that Elwing can't handle it out there, slightly suggesting the former.)
  • The Captain: The Mightiest Mariner of Song.
  • Cool Airship: Vingilot, his flying glowing ship, visible on Earth as a star (actually identified with the planet Venus).
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He killed Ancalagon, the greatest of all the winged dragons, while piloting his flying ship. In some versions of Eärendil's story, he also slew the Animalistic Abomination Ungoliant.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When Maeglin tries to stab him Eärendil bites their hand.
  • Epic Hail: He sailed through storm and shadow to reach Valinor, to beg the Valar to have mercy on Elves and Men, and to aid them in their plight. This was how they greeted him:
    Eönwë, the Herald of the Valar: Hail Eärendil, of mariners most renowned, the looked for that cometh at unawares, the longed for that cometh beyond hope! Hail Eärendil, bearer of light before the Sun and Moon! Splendour of the Children of Eru, star in the darkness, jewel in the sunset, radiant in the morning!::note 
    • This is a Shout-Out to what inspired his character: the Old English epic poem Crist that Tolkien loved, which goes "Hail, Earendel, brightest of angels, over Middle-earth to men sent".
He pleads his case before the Valar. And his prayer is answered.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: One of the few who was actually exactly half Man and half elven, instead of a Heinz Hybrid. Originally, he, and presumably the other few half-elves, was mortal. As a gift in recognition of his great feat of navigation (getting to the Undying Lands), Eru allowed half-elves to choose whether to be elves or men. Eärendil wanted to be a man, but his wife chose to be an elf, and so, for her sake, he chose to be an elf as well.
  • The Hero: The Last Hero of the Silmarillion and by large the most positively impactful, and a union of several different, important bloodlines.
  • Messianic Archetype: His voyage to Valinor, and his pleas to the Valar, finally led to their intervention and destruction of Angband.
  • Prophetic Names: Eärendil Ardamírë, He Who Loves the Sea, the Star of the World. He was born in a landlocked city far from the ocean, and his parents didn't (consciously) anticipate him becoming a renowned mariner, let alone the Morning Star.

The son of Eärendil and Elwing, and twin brother of Elros. See the The Lord of the Rings character sheet.


     Elros Tar-Minyatur 
The son of Eärendil and Elwing, and Elrond's twin brother, Elros chose to be counted among the Edain at the end of the First Age. He became the first king of Númenor (Tolkien's version of Atlantis) and established a royal line of long-lived Men that lasted for millennia. Ar-Pharazôn, Elendil, Isildur, and Aragorn are among his noteworthy descendants.
  • Founder of the Kingdom: Of Númenor.
  • Heinz Hybrid: 9/16 Elf, 3/8 Man, and 1/16 Maia.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents were driven from the Havens of Sirion by the Third Kinslaying, leading to...
  • Stockholm Syndrome: He and his brother were raised by Maglor, who helped lead two attacks on his family and drove his mother to suicide. Maglor was sincerely repentant and felt terrible about what he'd done, but it was still pretty strange.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Elros and Elrond.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Elros gave up his immortality because he identified more with the race of Men, much like his father (who chose to be an elf for his wife's sake, who also chose to be an elf).

Tar-Palantir was the twenty-fourth and penultimate King of Númenor, and elder son of Ar-Gimilzôr and Inzilbêth. He repented of the rebellious ways of the previous Kings and tried to be friendly to the Valar and the Elves. Unfortunately, most of his people, including his own brother, did not share his feelings. Tar-Palantir had a daughter, Míriel, who should have become Ruling Queen. Instead, her cousin Pharazôn forced her to marry him, thereby usurping the throne.
  • Cain and Abel: With his brother, Gimilkhâd. Their father, who hated the Valar and the Elves, married a woman who was a member of the Faithful party of Númenor. Tar-Palantir took after his mother, while Gimilkhâd followed his father. According to The Lord of the Rings Appendix B, there was actual civil war in Númenor during Tar-Palantir's reign, though the Akallabêth doesn't say anything about that.
  • The Cassandra: After he makes his prophecy about the White Tree, guess what his nephew Pharazôn does? Burns it.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Tar-Palantir repented of the rebellion of the Kings before him and tried to reopen relations with the Valar and Elves. Unfortunately, they did not acknowledge him, and most of his people did not repent.
  • Meaningful Name: His regnal name, Tar-Palantir, means 'the Farsighted' and refers to his powers of foresight. Also, he was the first King to take a Quenya name in many generations, since the rebellious Kings rejected the Elven-tongues.
  • Only Sane Man: Of the late Númenorian dynasty.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Tar-Palantir's father and mother grew to hate each other because they were on opposite sides of the political divide in Númenor. His brother Gimilkhâd led a rebellion against him. After Tar-Palantir died, the Sceptre should have gone to his daughter Míriel, but instead her first cousin Pharazôn (Gimilkhâd's son) usurped the throne by forcing her to marry him. Whew.
  • Seers: Has the gift of prophecy. He foresees that when the White Tree of Númenor (a symbol of the friendship of the Valar and the Elves) perishes, the Line of Kings will also perish.

Míriel was the only child of Tar-Palantir; she should have become Queen upon his death. Her cousin Pharazôn forcibly married her and usurped the Sceptre, becoming the last King of Númenor. She died during the Downfall.
  • Broken Bird: We don't get much information about Míriel's feelings from the extant texts, but given what she saw Ar-Pharazôn and Sauron do to the realm she should have ruled, she must have become this.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Is a victim rather than a perpetrator, though.
  • Villainous Incest: Her first cousin Pharazôn forces her to marry him so he could be King.

The eighteenth and last Lord of Andúnië (a harbor on the western side of Númenor), son of Númendil, and the father of Elendil. In their younger days, Amandil and Ar-Pharazôn were friends, and Amandil served on Ar-Pharazôn's Council for many years until being dismissed by Sauron. Amandil, like the rest of his family, was of the Faithful party, though he tried to keep his allegiance a secret so that he could influence the King. When Amandil heard that Ar-Pharazôn intended to attack Valinor, he sailed West to plead with the Valar to show mercy to the Númenóreans. His fate is unknown.
  • The Good Chancellor: Like the other Lords of Andúnië before him, Amandil tried to be a good influence on the King. He might have succeeded, had Sauron not shown up.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Between him and Ar-Pharazôn.
  • Only Sane Man: When Sauron arrived and began poisoning the Númenóreans' minds, Amandil was the only Royal Councillor who did not turn toward him.
  • Opposed Mentors: Was presumably the voice of dissent on the King's Council, especially after they all turned to Sauron.
  • Standard Royal Court: Was a member for much of his life.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Ar-Pharazôn.

The last King of Númenor, a descendant of Elros, son of Gimilkhâd. Ar-Pharazôn was extremely proud, and when he heard that Sauron had claimed the title of "King of Men," he decided to overthrow Sauron and claim that title for himself. Sauron surrendered to him, and Ar-Pharazôn took him to Númenor as a hostage. Sauron quickly used his powers to bewitch Ar-Pharazôn and win his freedom. From there he convinced Ar-Pharazôn and the Númenóreans to worship Melkor and attack the Valar. As a punishment, Númenor was destroyed, the world was made round so that Men could never get to Valinor again, and Ar-Pharazôn was buried under a landslide.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Fame was one of the things that corrupted him.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Especially when your ambition is basically "Screw You, Elves!, I want to get immortal." And by the end, it had become less "Screw You, Elves!" and more "Screw You Gods."
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: See Fate Worse than Death below. Hey, he wanted to learn how to become immortal...
  • The Captain and Colonel Badass: In his younger days.
  • The Emperor: Technically, Ar-Pharazôn was a King, but he was powerful enough to be this. He was mainly of the "President Charisma" type.
  • Fate Worse than Death: As soon as he stepped on the soil of Valinor, Eru Ilúvatar changed the world and in the ensuing upheaval, Ar-Pharazôn and his men were trapped in caves underground until the Dagor Dagorath. It's implied that this makes them immortal, so it's also an ironic karmic fate.
  • Four-Star Badass: Of the "Da Chief To The Rescue" variety. He saved the Númenórean settlements from the depredations of Sauron.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Ar-Pharazôn and the Númenóreans in general deeply envied and desired the immortality of the Elves and the Valar.
  • Hate Sink: Ar-Pharazôn from the Akallabeth was the nephew of the King of Númenor, Tar-Palantir. When the king died, Ar-Pharazôn forced the king's daughter to marry him, considered an act of great evil, and usurped the throne of Númenor. When Sauron declared himself King of Men, Ar-Pharazôn took it as a challenge to his ego and resolved to make Sauron serve him, which backfired when Sauron charmed his way into Ar-Pharazôn's council, persuading Ar-Pharazôn to worship Morgoth, instituting a Religion of Evil which practiced Human Sacrifice. Sauron eventually persuaded Ar-Pharazôn to take Valinor, the land of the Gods, by force, and Ar-Pharazôn's choice to lay claim to Valinor doomed Númenor when Eru separated Valinor from the rest of the world and caused Númenor to be lost beneath the waves. While the rest of Númenor is mourned for its loss of a golden age, Ar-Pharazôn is not, and he is condemned to linger in the world until the end of time.
  • Immortality Immorality: Sauron convinces him that sacrificing Men to Melkor will gain him eternal life.
  • Immortality Seeker: When he was old, this was how Sauron tempted him. Although generations of Númenóreans had desired eternal life, Ar-Pharazôn was desperate enough to launch his Great Armament against Valinor to try and demand it by force from the Valar. This did not end well.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Amandil, the Lord of Andúnië.
  • Jerkass: Even before he instituted Morgoth-worship, he usurped the throne and persecuted the Faithful. Afterwards, he liked to have them arrested for "disloyalty" and used as human sacrifices.
  • Kissing Cousins: He forced his first cousin to marry him, but only so that he could become King.
  • The Magnificent: Ar-Pharazôn the Golden. He was explicitly the greatest High King ever to rule the race of Men. And also the worst.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: Good looks, fighting prowess, charisma, wealth, power, fame: Ar-Pharazôn had it all. Small wonder that when he began listening to Sauron and worshipping Melkor, "his people for the most part followed him".
  • Pride: And how. The Akallabêth makes it clear that the real reason he set foot on Valinor was ultimately not because he feared death, but because "pride was now his master."
  • Puppet King: He became the greatest tyrant seen in the world since Morgoth (!), but "Sauron ruled all from behind the throne."
  • Rage Against the Heavens: He went to war against the Valar (gods).
  • Religion of Evil, complete with Human Sacrifice: Is a convert (or more precisely, a revert, since Melkor-worship was the original religion of Men).
  • Royally Screwed Up: Is the last of the Line of Elros, an increasingly rebellious and fractured family (his cousin and uncle were on the opposite side of the political divide of him and his father).
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Ar-Pharazôn did a lot of terrible things, but he did do things.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He won great riches in Middle-earth and gave them out freely. This, of course, increased his popularity, making his usurpation of the throne easier.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: At first, he was a big-headed military commander, even a friend to the "good" characters. Then, he took over the Kingship and started persecuting the Faithful. After Sauron began corrupting him, he thought it would be a good idea to sacrifice many of the Faithful to Melkor. At this point, his troops mercilessly oppressed the Men of Middle-earth and he became a dreadful tyrant. Finally, he brought his nation to ruinous war against the Valar. This process took place over several decades and involved Sauron's influence.
  • Tragic Hero: Subverted. His story is that of a classic tragic hero, but he was such a megalomaniac dick to begin with that he doesn't count.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Inevitable, when you underestimate Sauron.
  • Villainous Incest: His forced marriage to his cousin makes him easily unlikeable.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He was widely popular among his people.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Amandil.

While the kings of Númenor fell deeper into decadence and impiety, the Lords of Andúnië, descended from a prince of the royal house, led the Faithful, a faction who remained loyal to Ilúvatar, the Valar, and the friendship of the Eldar. The son of the last Lord, when Ar-Pharazôn came under Sauron's sway, was Elendil. When Ar-Pharazôn led his armada against the Valar, Elendil and the Faithful escaped to Middle-Earth, where he and his sons founded the kingdoms of Arnor (which he ruled) and Gondor. Elendil led the surviving Faithful in the War of the Last Alliance and was killed by Sauron on Mount Doom.

The eldest son of Elendil. Before the White Tree of Númenor was destroyed by Sauron, Isildur stole one of its fruits, keeping its line alive. After arriving in Middle-Earth after the Downfall, Isildur and his brother Anárion founded the kingdom of Gondor. In the War of the Last Alliance, when Elendil was killed by Sauron, Isildur took the shards of his father's sword Narsil and cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand. Rather than destroy the Ring and end Sauron's threat forever, Isildur was entranced by its beauty and claimed it as his own. When Isildur rode north to claim the kingship of Arnor, leaving Gondor in the care of his nephew Meneldil, he was attacked by orcs and fled into the River Anduin, invisible thanks to the Ring, but the Ring slipped from his finger and betrayed him to his death. Through his youngest and only surviving son Valandil, Isildur was the direct ancestor of Aragorn, one of the protagonists of The Lord of the Rings.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: After cutting the ring from a wounded Sauron's finger, he was hailed as the greatest hero of the forces of Men... until he decided to keep Sauron's Ring.
  • Defector from Decadence: Along with his father, from Númenor.
  • Made of Iron: Stole a fruit of the White Tree of Númenor before Sauron burned it as a sacrifice to Morgoth, and was gravely injured by Sauron's followers in the process. He got better, and the line of the White Tree was continued in Gondor.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: If he had only destroyed the One Ring...
  • Noble Fugitive: After the Fall of Númenor.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His three eldest sons, Elendur, Aratan, and Ciryon, died in the same attack as him, with Ciryon at least confirmed to have died before him.
  • Tragic Hero: If he'd destroyed the Ring, Isildur would have been the greatest hero of his age. But because he succumbed to its lure, he was killed and Sauron was able to rise again. Further, he wasn't tempted by its power but was merely attracted to its beauty. He considered it wergild (blood-money) in compensation for—and a Tragic Keepsake of — his father and brother's deaths.
  • Warrior Prince: Like his father and brother.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: His hand was seriously burned by the One Ring when he first handled it due to its absorbing Sauron's immense heat, and though it later cooled, the pain stayed with him until his death.


A great Hound of Oromë, given as a gift to Celegorm son of Fëanor. He followed his master into Middle-Earth, and later befriended Lúthien and Beren there, helping them in their Quest for the Silmaril. He had a human level of intelligence, being able to understand speech, but he was destined to speak only thrice before his death — and he wouldn't die but fighting the greatest wolf ever "whelped in cave of stone."
  • The Ageless: A trait he shared with elves and all the wildlife of Valinor. Huan was at least 520 years old by the time he kicked Sauron's ass at Tol Sirion.
  • Big Friendly Dog: He may be huge and badass, but he is a good doggy. He turns on Celegorm when he repeatedly chooses evil and chooses to help Beren and Lúthien instead.
  • Canis Major: His exact size is vague, but he was large enough to carry Lúthien on his back like a horse.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": "Huan" is just Quenya for "hound." Pretty boring name when you consider just how special and unusual a dog he was.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: This dog beat the shit out of Sauron. There wasn't any fancy tactics or magic involved either.
  • Dulcinea Effect: Lúthien caused this in him, leading him to finally turn against Celegorm to help her.
  • Mook–Face Turn: Turns against his cruel and petty original masters, and in turn becomes a loyal friend to Lúthien.
  • Exact Words: As noted, Huan was due to fight 'the greatest wolf to ever live', or if you're looking at the Lay of Leithian details 'before the mightiest he should fall/before the mightiest wolf alone/that ever was whelped in cave of stone. ' Sauron shape-shifted to be 'the greatest wolf [currently] on earth was still a shape-shift, not born in cave'.... There's a bit of a difference there, if you think about it.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: His friendship was an indicator of the humanoid character's heroism: Celegorm lost it after kicking the dog by leaving Finrod and Beren to die to force Lúthien to marry him instead, and Lúthien and Beren gained it by their nobleness and goodness.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He was destined to be killed by the greatest wolf ever, and he died in the wolf-hunt against Carcharoth to save Beren and recover the Silmaril. He may well have realized Carcharoth was that wolf.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Supplies most of the muscle and physical prowess to aid Lúthien and Beren's trek into Morgoth's realm. Curbstomping Sauron was just one of many times Huan's strength came into play.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Was Huan an actual dog in a world where all living creatures can gain some kind of sapience, or was he some kind of spirit, given his intelligence and ability to speak against all the laws of anatomy?
  • Mutual Kill: He and Carcharoth slay one another.
  • No Man of Woman Born: As noted, he could only be killed by the greatest werewolf to ever live. Sauron tried to take advantage of by turning into the greatest werewolf alive, but it failed because the greatest werewolf to ever live (Carcharoth) hadn't come into his full power yet. This led to Huan stomping Sauron.
  • Talking Animal: He spoke thrice during his life, just as prophesied.

A Dark Elf living in the woods of Nan Elmoth near Doriath. He hated the Noldor and was a friend of the Dwarves. Yet when Aredhel daughter of Fingolfin wandered into his woods, he used his magic to make her lose the way so he could appear as her rescuer. He took her in and married hernote . They had a son, Maeglin. However, Eöl forbade his wife and son from ever leaving his forest or going to see their family, causing them to rebel and run away. He followed them into Gondolin, where he threw a poisoned spear at Maeglin, accidentally killing Aredhel instead when she interposed herself. He was executed by being thrown off the cliffs of Gondolin. Instead of showing the slightest remorse, he spent his last moments wishing his son would die young.
  • The Blacksmith: He was a very skilled smith, having learned the craft from his dwarven friends. In swordsmithing, Eöl was said to be even better than most Noldor, and he was the only character known to have forged weapons from Thunderbolt Iron. They were impressive swords and apparently could talk.
  • Boomerang Bigot: According to one version of his lineage proposed by Tolkien, he was of the same Elven tribe as the Noldor, but from the part that did not go to Valinor. Therefore, he was related to the Noldor.
  • Dark Is Evil: In this case, his dislike of sunlight and his epithet "The Dark Elf" (which refers to his not seeing the light of the Trees of Valinor; all such elves were Dark Elves) just go along with his general nastiness.
  • Domestic Abuser: Of the overly controlling variety, and in the fact that his wife was a woman he found in the woods and kept prisoner. In The Silmarillion, he manipulated/tricked her into marriage, while in "Quendi and Eldar" he actually raped her.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards the Noldor, accusing them of stealing land from the Sindar (which actually even the Sons of Fëanor didn't do). It doesn't stop him from marrying one, though.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With the dwarves.
  • Jerkass: Dubcon, domestic abuse, murdering his closest family with poison... he was probably a giant jerk even before that, considering how the other Sindar avoided him.
  • Murder by Mistake: Tries to kill Maeglin, but Aredhel interposed herself between them.
  • Offing the Offspring: Tried to do this to Maeglin.
  • Rewrite: Originally, and in the 1977 Silmarillion, Eöl was a Sindarin elf. Tolkien later changed him into one of the few Avarin elf characters, and then later changed him back to a Sindar.

The Shipwright, one of the oldest and wisest known elves in existence — so old that he had a long silver beard, a trait unknown in any other Elf in the mythos. Círdan was one of the Teleri who stayed behind to search for Thingol and later became the lord of the Sindar on Beleriand's coast, whom he ruled as Thingol's vassal. He built the ship in which Eärendil sailed to Valinor.

In the Second Age, Círdan founded the Grey Havens in the west of Middle-Earth and was entrusted with Narya, one of the Three Rings of the elves, by Gil-galad. He fought alongside Gil-galad in the War of the Last Alliance and stood with Elrond in futilly urging Isildur to destroy the One Ring. He greeted the wizards when they arrived in the Third Age, and sensing Gandalf's wisdom and power, gave Narya over to him. In The Lord of the Rings, Círdan built the ship that bore Galadriel, Elrond, Gandalf, Bilbo, and Frodo to Eressëa.

  • Big Damn Heroes: He saved Fingon's army from an orc invasion through a surprise attack from the sea.
  • Cassandra Truth: He was given a warning about Nargothrond's imminent fall by Ulmo and delivered it to Orodreth, but the warning went unheeded.
  • The Chosen One: Not in the traditional sense. Instead, he was charged by Ulmo to aid and abet the forces of good throughout the ages, though he himself never took center stage. To do this, he had to forsake his greatest desire — to see the Undying Lands — for more than three ages of the world.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": "Círdan" is just his nickname — it means "shipwright." Even in the First Age everybody called him that, though there was in-universe speculation that his real name was Nōwē.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Eärendil, Gil-galad, and several princes of Númenor.
  • Parental Substitute: For Gil-galad, possibly. Gil-galad's history (and parentage) are pretty vague, but it appears that his father sent him to the Havens as a child to keep him safe.
  • Supporting Leader: He was a very important personage among the elves of Middle-Earth, but always stayed in the background of the stories.
  • Time Abyss: He is possibly one of the original generation of elves and the oldest of the Free Peoples known to exist. At the time of The Lord of the Rings, he may be over 15,000 years old — the equivalent of someone today born in the late Stone Age.
  • Wizard Beard: He's not literally a wizard, but his beard does signify his exceptional age and wisdom. Tolkien was elsewhere explicit that elves never have beards, or at least not until they're old.

The greatest of the Great Eagles created by Manwë to keep watch over the mountains of Middle-Earth to bring news to him in Valinor. Thorondor helped Fingon rescue Maedhros from his torture on Thangorodrim and later led his people in keeping watch over the hidden city of Gondolin. When Morgoth slew Fingolfin, Thorondor swooped down, scarred the Dark Lord's face with his talons, and bore Fingolfin's body to his place of burial on a mountain above Gondolin.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Aside from retrieving Fingolfin's body, he sends his eagles to save Húrin and Huor from starving in the wilderness, and help the survivors of Gondolin escape unnoticed by Morgoth.
  • Giant Flyer: He had a wingspan of thirty fathoms (180 feet or 55 m) from tip to tip. For those having a difficult time envisioning the sheer enormousness of this, 55 m is exactly half the length of a regulation American football field. Thorondor's wings would have stretched from center field to one of the goal posts. Or to put it in aviation-related terms: the wingspan of a B52 bomber is 185ft. Thorondor was a kind of biological B52.
  • Kaiju: A giant monster of the benevolent variety.
  • Talking Animal: Sort of. As with Huan, Tolkien couldn't quite decide whether the Giant Eagles were mundane animals that just happened to be gigantic, sapient, and able to talk, or if they should be Maiar spirits sent to help the peoples of Middle-Earth. But given his immense size, Thorondor himself could hardly be a mere animal, even if he wasn't a Maia.

Lord of Belegost and King of the Broadbeams, a proud Dwarven kingdom. Azaghâl's people were renowned for their almost unrivaled smithing and sturdiness in battle. Azaghâl eventually forged a friendship with Maedhros after the latter saved him from an Orc ambush. Azaghâl and his people marched with Maedhros against Morgoth, and later played a crucial role in the disastrous Battle of Unnumbered Tears when Azaghâl made a stand against Glaurung's dragon host and kept it from wreaking havoc upon Noldor and the fleeing troops.
  • An Axe to Grind: Described as wielding an axe, same as his troops. Noteworthy that the axes were somehow strong enough to pierce dragon-hide, causing Glaurung and his brood great pain.
  • Armor of Invincibility: He had a helm of invincibility, but he gave it as a gift to Maedhros. Which probably ensured his doom. His own armor is also surprisingly sturdy against dragonfire (keeping in mind dragonfire can melt rings of power).
  • David vs. Goliath: A bunch of Dwarves vs a battalion of gigantic firebreathing dragons, encapsulated by King Azaghâl vs Glaurung the Deceiver (the respective leaders of each host). The Dwarves win (at a cost), sending the dragons on a full retreat.
  • Defiant to the End: Sticking a dagger in a dragon with his last breath is worthy of some props.
  • The Dragonslayer: Almost. His battle with Glaurung left the latter's life hanging by a thread, but he sadly escaped and managed to recover. Still, his reputation of nearly dragon-slayer echoes as far as the time of The Hobbit.
  • Dramatic Irony: If he had kept the Dragon-Helm (which makes its user magically immune to all wounds), he'd have survived his bout with Glaurung. But sadly he gave it as a gift to the very people whose escapes from the battlefield he covers with his Last Stand. It's almost like Maedhros led him to his death.
  • Due to the Dead: After his death, his dwarves carried his body across the battlefield in a dirge so solemn that even Morgoth's forces didn't a lift a finger to attack the procession.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Glaurung fatally wounds him, but before succumbing, he buries a dagger so deep in Glaurung's chest that he nearly kills him and sends him running back with his tail between his legs alongside all of his brood.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: His death saves the sons of Féanor and probably the rest of the Noldor from being scorched by dragonfire.
  • Last Breath Bullet: His final act of stabbing Glaurung.
  • Last Stand: Azaghâl stands against Glaurung's dragon host and doesn't retreat until the bitter end.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Azaghâl likely derives from Azgara, which means "to wage war".
  • Out of the Inferno: The narration observes Azaghâl and his Dwarves faced a raging hellfire of dragon breath, but their armors were so divinely crafted they could withstand the fire.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Glaurung stands over him to gloat, as he tends to do. Azaghâl's answer is to rip through the dragon's chest with a dagger.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Pretty much only shows up in the Battle of Unnumbered Tears, but his sacrifice saves several crucial characters and it's hinted his wounding of Glaurung may have contributed to the latter's death. His helm, which he gave as a gift to Meadhros, also ends up being crucial during Children of Húrin.
  • Token Good Teammate: In broad terms, he's the only Dwarven character (and one of the few characters period) in the Silmarilion who's 100% heroic.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: The only thing standing between Glaurung and a barbecue of Elves is Azaghâl himself and his Dwarves. He does not pass.

An aged dwarf whose dwelling Túrin took over after one of his men killed Mîm's son. Though he bonded with Túrin, Mîm's resentment over his son's death and the appearance of the elf Beleg stoked his resentment, and eventually he betrayed Túrin to orcs. Mîm's second son was killed in the fight, but he escaped, and after the death of Glaurung he claimed the dragon's treasure for himself. Here Mîm was found and slain by Húrin, but the dwarf cursed the treasure, leading to the downfall of King Thingol.
  • All for Nothing: His actions are all to ensure the survival of his last son and himself, the last of the Petty Dwarves. He also plans on getting some Revenge by Proxy upon an Elf. In the end his last son dies in a harsh winter and he dies shortly thereafter, ending the Petty Dwarves, and the Elf he sought to avenge himself upon survives.
  • Anti-Villain: Type II.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the earlier versions of the Silmarillion, Mîm was a much more antagonistic, greedy and psychotic character, but as Tolkien developed the Dwarves more and made them more heroic, Mîm became much more tragic and well developed.
  • Curse: In some versions, Mîm's main threat value is laying curse upon things. He curses his son's killer to die if he ever uses a bow again (as he killed his son using a bow) and also the treasures of Nargothrond. Both curses end up fulfilled, the second directly leading to the Second Kinslaying.
  • Fantastic Racism: His hatred of elves (which seems to be a common thing among Petty-dwarves). It stemmed from the fact that, long before the dwarves of Nogrod and Belegost came to Beleriand, the exiles who would become the Petty-dwarves (from whom Mîm was descended) entered the land and were hunted by the Sindar. The Sindar did not know what they were, and when the rest of the dwarves settled in Ered Luin, they realized their mistake and left the Petty-dwarves alone. Mîm and his people hated the Noldor even more, however, as they claimed the Noldor drove them from their dwellings when they arrived. To the point that part of the reason he betrayed Túrin's group, was because the Elf Beleg was in it.
  • Freudian Excuse: Mím's a deeply bitter and vindictive Dwarf because his entire race was hunted to extinction (and had their lands claimed by) Elves, leaving him as the last (alongside his children) of the Petty Dwarves, living as starving travelers living in dim caves.
  • Last of His Kind: He was the last of the Petty-dwarves, the stunted outcasts of the great dwarven cities.
  • Morality Pet: His son Ibun whom he cares for. After his death he's well and gone beyond any reason.
  • Odd Friendship: Mîm seemed to legitimately enjoy Túrin's company.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Averted. He and his sons were actually different from the other dwarves of Middle-Earth and most stock fantasy dwarves. They were descendants of exiles from the dwarven cities east of Ered Luin who eventually wandered west into Beleriand. They dwindled in stature and in their knowledge of smithcraft, becoming a stealthy and secretive people. By the time The Silmarillion took place, only Mîm and his two sons remained.
  • Papa Wolf: Avenging the death of his son Khím and looking out for his remaining son Ibun is his key motivation.
  • Pet the Dog: He valued Túrin's companionship and legitimately tries to spare him from Morgoth's wrath.
  • Revenge Before Reason: The moment an Elf becomes involved in the situation he becomes consumed by vengeance.
  • Tragic Villain: Mím's bitterness that drives him to evil is ultimately brought by (justified to an extent) anger over the destruction of his race and the death of his children at the hands of the Elves and Túrin's companions, respectively.
  • Turn Coat: Against Túrin's band of outlaws, though Tolkien's writings are inconsistent (big surprise) about whether he willingly went to Morgoth or was captured. He did want Túrin to be spared, but that didn't work out well.

The Lord of the Dwarves of Nogrod, he leads the his Dwarves into a war against Doriath after a series of misunderstandings leads him astray. This incident is the primary cause of the everlasting rift between Elves and Dwarves that lasts up until the War of the Ring, several centuries after. It also leads to the destruction of both Nogrod and Doriath.
  • All There in the Manual: Most of the information about him is on The Book of Lost Tales.
  • Anti-Villain: Naugladûr just horribly misunderstood the situation and acted rashly, but he wasn't malicious. From his perspective, he's defending his Dwarves from Elven aggression.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's Lord of Nogrod and he manages to match Beren (probably the greatest warrior of Númenor) blow-for-blow in battle, almost killing him.
  • Curse: In some versions, Naugladûr uses his dying words to curse the treasure of Doriath and the Nauglimir (and the Silmarillion with it) itself. Beren, who listens to his curse, tries to stop it by dumping most of the treasure on the river, but since he keeps the Nauglimir, the curse still ends up fulfilled in the Second Kinslaying.
  • Defiant to the End: Despite being mortally wounded, he uses his final words to curse Beren and Doriath.
  • Drop the Hammer: Described as wielding a war-hammer.
  • Elves vs. Dwarves: Effectively the Trope Maker chronologically speaking. This entire incident of Nogrod versus Dorath is what causes the mutual mistrust between Elves and Dwarves for millenia to come.
  • Hero Killer: He slays Mablung, iron hand, one of the most legendary warriors of Doriath.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Two of his Dwarves come back to him, wounded, and tell him the Elves refused to pay their just rewards for services rendered and then decided to kill them all. Naugladûr believes them and goes to war over this. In reality, the Dwarves were lying and they had killed Thingol in an attempt to take the Silmaril for themselves.
  • Hot-Blooded: The rage over the death of his kinsmen is likely what blinded him to the truth.
  • No Name Given: "Naugladûr" just means "King of the Dwarves".
  • Poor Communication Kills: Really, the entire situation could have been sorted out if Naugladûr had just talked to the Elves to check the facts of the story his Dwarves told him before attacking them.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Naugladûr is barely a character in Silmarillion (most of his info coming from the Book of Lost Tales), but the Nogrod-Doriath war is one of the most important events of the entire history of Middle Earth, leading to the Second and Third Kinslaying and the eternal Dwarven-Elven distrust.
  • Revenge Before Reason: His decision to avenge the death of his kinsmen leads him astray.


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