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: Thingol
- Immediate Family:
- Sibling: Olwë
- Wife: Melian
- Daughter: Lúthien Tinúviel
- Home: Middle-earth, primarily Doriath in Beleriand
- Claim to fame: He was the only Elf to have married a Maia, one of the angelic race.
- Why I think he’s interesting: Thingol is a fascinating mix of wisdom and pride, love and wrath. Yeah, he wanted to kill Beren even though Lúthien loved him–but when Lúthien died, Thingol literally aged because of his grief at her death. That level of complexity can’t be ignored.
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