Silmarillion Character Profile: Caranthir, Amrod, and Amras

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: Caranthir, Amrod, and Amras
  • Immediate Family:
    • Father & Mother: Fëanor and Nerdanel
    • Brother #1: Maedhros
    • Brother #2: Maglor
    • Brother #3: Celegorm
    • Brother #4: Curufin
  • Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth
  • Claim to fame: Amras and Amrod were twins; Caranthir is considered the worst of the sons of Fëanor
  • Why I think they’re interesting: Caranthir was hot-tempered, more so than any other Elf; although Tolkien isn’t clear, in Morgoth’s Ring, either Amrod or Amras is actually killed when his brothers set fire to the ships of the Teleri.

Photo Credit: Alex Ristea

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