Silmarillion Character Profile: Fingon

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.

Photo Credit: Alex Ristea

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