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14 Facts About Gil-galad
Gil-galad is mentioned in The Lord of the Rings, where the hobbit Sam Gamgee recites a fragment of a poem about him, and The Silmarillion.
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Gil-galad briefly appears at the opening of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and features in several video games based on Tolkien's Middle-earth.
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Gil-galad was an Elf of a royal house of Beleriand; beyond that, accounts of his birth vary.
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Gil-galad became the High King of the Noldor-in-Exile in Beleriand after the fall of Gondolin and the death of the previous High King, Turgon.
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Gil-galad was the first of the Eldar to mistrust a stranger who called himself Annatar, and forbade him from entering Lindon.
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Gil-galad's mistrust was well founded, for Annatar was in fact Sauron.
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Gil-galad passed Narya to Cirdan the shipwright, who stated that this was only to keep it secret; Cirdan never used it.
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Gil-galad chose to give Vilya, and control of Eriador, to Elrond.
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War broke out between the Elves and Sauron; Gil-galad asked the Numenoreans for help, and their king Tar-Minastir brought a great force, enabling Gil-galad to defeat Sauron's army.
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Gil-galad formed the Last Alliance of Elves and Men with the High King of Men, Elendil.
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Gil-galad argues that Orodreth has a better claim to paternity, for several reasons: the crown of the Noldor in exile then comes to a descendant of Finarfin, king of the Noldor in Aman; a descendent of Finarfin would fight Sauron to avenge Finarfin's son Finrod; and as brother to Finduilas, he would fight with a spear, the weapon that killed his sister.
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Gil-galad is mentioned in the behind-the-scenes documentaries included with the Special Extended Edition DVD of The Fellowship of the Ring and is listed in the credits.
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Gil-galad has been included in multiple video games since Jackson's films were first shown.
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