26 Facts About Fingolfin


Fingolfin is a character in JR R Tolkien's legendarium, appearing in The Silmarillion.

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Fingolfin was threatened by his half-brother Feanor, who held him in contempt for not being a pure-bred Noldor.

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Fingolfin was victorious at the battle of Dagor Aglareb, and there was peace for some 400 years until Morgoth broke out and destroyed Beleriand in the Dagor Bragollach.

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Fingolfin, receiving false news, rode alone to Angband and challenged Morgoth to single combat.

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Fingolfin wounded Morgoth several times, but grew weary and was killed by the immortal Vala.

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Fingolfin has inspired artists, musicians and video game designers to create depictions of his deeds.

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Fingolfin was the second son of Finwe, High King of the Noldor, a division of the Elves lower than the Vanyar but higher than the Teleri.

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Fingolfin was full brother of Finarfin, and half-brother of Feanor, who was the eldest of Finwe's sons.

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Fingolfin founded the House of Fingolfin which ruled the Noldor in Middle-earth.

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Fingolfin's wife was Anaire and his children were Fingon, Turgon, Aredhel and Argon.

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Fingolfin was said to be the strongest, most steadfast, and most valiant of Finwe's sons.

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Fingolfin's mother was Finwe's second wife, Indis, after Miriel died, as was Finarfin.

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However, Fingolfin would seek to forge a better relationship with Feanor at every chance.

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Fingolfin led the largest host of the Noldor when they fled Aman for Middle-earth, even though he thought this unwise; he did not want to abandon his people to Feanor.

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Fingolfin's followers participated in the Kinslaying at the Havens, but only because they arrived after the battle was underway not knowing that Feanor was the aggressor.

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Fingolfin led them across the ice of the Helcaraxe, an epic and arduous journey lasting many months, on which many of the people perished.

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Fingolfin then ruled from Hithlum, by the northern shores of Lake Mithrim.

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When Fingolfin learned of this, and received false report that his allies had been routed on all fronts, he became filled with wrath and despair.

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Fingolfin immediately took his horse Rochallor and sword Ringil, and rode alone to Angband.

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Seven times Fingolfin wounded Morgoth and seven times Morgoth cried in pain, and seven times the host of Morgoth wailed in anguish, but he could not be slain for he was one of the Valar.

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Whenever Morgoth attacked, Fingolfin avoided Morgoth's weapon Grond, the hammer of the underworld, as it cracked the ground so violently smoke and fire darted from the craters.

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Fingolfin is among those major characters such as Gil-galad whom Tolkien, who illustrated his own writings, supplied with a distinct heraldic device.

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Family tree shows that Fingolfin is half Noldor, from his father Finwe, and half Vanyar, from his mother Indis.

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Fingolfin is absent from the earliest Feanor stories in The Book of Lost Tales, and that in Tolkien's many drafts, such as in The Lays of Beleriand, Fingolfin has several different fathers and siblings; further, his name is temporarily assigned to various other characters.

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Fingolfin has inspired musicians and artists to create materials about his actions.

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Dolfen has illustrated various other scenes from his life, including Feanor's threatening of Fingolfin, Fingolfin's ride to Angband, and his final fight with Morgoth.

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