Silmarillion Character Profile: Aredhel

One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles.

  • Name: Aredhel Ar-Feiniel
  • Immediate Family:
    • Husband: Eöl
    • Son: Maeglin
    • Brother: Turgon
  • Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth
  • Claim to fame: She disobeyed her brother’s commands and ended up marrying Eöl the Dark Elf, giving birth to a son who would later be the greatest traitor of the Noldor.
  • Why I think she’s interesting: Aredhel is both restless and relatively easy to please. She really didn’t like being cooped up, she seemed unhappy with staying in one spot for too long, yet she willingly (more or less) married the reclusive and unpopular Eöl. It’s difficult to say if her motives are simplistic or complex.

Photo Credit: Alex Ristea

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