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: Fingon
- Immediate Family:
- Father: Fingolfin
- Mother: Anairë
- Brother: Turgon
- Sister: Aredhel
- Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth
- Claim to fame: Rescued Maedhros from the torture of being hung over a cliff by his wrist.
- Why I think he’s interesting: Tolkien had a really hard time deciding whether Fingon ever had a family of his own. In the published Silmarillion, Gil-galad is his son. Evidence points to Tolkien changing his mind later, but that’s outside the scope of this post.
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