Silmarillion Character Profile: Turgon

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: Turgon
  • Immediate Family:
    • Wife: Elenwë
    • Daughter: Idril Celebrindal
  • Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth
  • Claim to fame: founded Gondolin, the hidden city
  • Why I think he’s interesting: Turgon often displays wisdom, understanding, and sympathy while other times displaying the exactly opposite traits–often for no clear reason. Little is said about his motivations, leaving him largely a mystery.

Photo Credit: Alex Ristea

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