Silmarillion Character Profile: Maedhros

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:
  • Immediate Family:
    • Father & Mother: Fëanor and Nerdanel
    • Brother #1: Maglor
    • Brother #2: Celegorm
    • Brother #3: Caranthir
    • Brother #4: Curufin
    • Brother #5: Amrod
    • Brother #6: Amras
  • Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth
  • Claim to fame: eldest son of Fëanor and the sometime-leader of his brothers
  • Why I think he’s interesting: although Maglor has the reputation for being the “nice” brother, I actually think that Maedhros fits that description. Plus, even after he lost his right hand due to the torment he endured from Morgoth, he was just as much of a sword-weilding bad-ass with his left hand.

Photo Credit: Alex Ristea

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