21 January 2012

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 205: Aredhel

Aredhel (S. ‘Noble Elf’) was the only daughter of Fingolfin. With dark hair and a pale complexion, she only dressed in white and silver (she was called Aredhel the White and Ar-Feiniel, the White Lady of the Noldor or of Gondolin). She went to Middle-earth with the Exiles, and lived with her brother Turgon in Nevrast and Gondolin. By about FA 300, she went to visit the sons of Fëanor; she was separated from her friends and left for dead in Nan Dungortheb, but survived and was later wed to Eöl of Nan Elmoth. She bore him a son, Maeglin, who later persuaded her to return to Gondolin so he could become the rightful heir of Turgon. Eöl followed them, and a quarrel broke out among them before the throne of Turgon; Aredhel was slain by a poisoned arrow as she protected her son from the wrath of Eöl. Maeglin survived, and Eöl was executed for his crime. 

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