Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Who Are You?

All class members have been given pseudonyms of characters from Tolkien's works, but not the more familiar characters. Look up your pseudonym and write a brief description of who that character is and perhaps how he/she relates to other more familiar characters. To do this, you might wish to browse some of the websites on our links page (some are out of date-- but I'm working on cleaning those up!), check Foster's "Guide to Middle-earth," consult family trees from the texts, etc.

13 comments:

Fingolfin said...

Fingolfin appears in The Silmarillion. He ruled Noldor of Middle Earth and held a siege for 400 years. However, he was killed by Morgoth, a being of darkness even more powerful than Sauron.

Elendil said...

Elendil appears in The Silmarillion and is mentioned briefly in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He is the father of Isildur and the bearer of the sword Narsil. In the Battle of the Last Alliance, he fought alongside the Elven king Gil-Galad against Sauron. Both he and Gil-Galad were killed in the battle and Narsil broken.

Elwing said...

Elwing is the wife of Earendil and mother of Elrond. She is also known as Elwing the White and is believed to be able to speak with birds. She appears in The Silmarillion.

Belladonna Took said...

As explained in the beginning (fourth and fifth paragraphs) of The Hobbit, Belladonna Took was famous as one of the three daughters of the Old Took. She became the wife of Bungo Baggins and the mother of Bilbo Baggins (her only son). Partially using Belladonna Took’s money, Bungo Baggins built a very nice hobbit-hole for her (the same hobbit-hole that both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins later reside in). Some hobbits believe that one of the Took’s ancestors married a fairy wife to account for their unhobbitlike sense of adventure. In The Hobbit, this contrast is linked to Bilbo’s internal conflict of making decisions conservatively (from Bungo Baggins) or boldly (from Belladonna Took).

Radagast said...

Radagast is one of the Istari. He is a wizard like Gandalf, and is known as Radagast the Brown. Specializing in herb and beast-lore, he is especially friendly with birds. He appears briefly in The Fellowship of the Ring. He is the one who unknowingly sends Gandalf to Saruman, and he also unknowingly helps him escape when he sends the eagles with messages for Gandalf.

Luthien said...
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Luthien said...

Lúthien was an Eldarin princess (basically a High Elf - an ancestor of sorts to Galadriel, Elrond, and Arwen) who was considered the most beautiful of the Children of Ilúvatar (who is called the One - basically the Creator of Middle Earth). She and Beren, a mortal, fell in love. After much adventure, which takes place in the Silmarillion, Beren was killed and Lúthien died of grief. However, because of their great love for each other, they were granted a second life together in Middle Earth, which they enjoyed for 40 years, also having a son during this time. Their love was considered the greatest ever known in Middle Earth. Their story was a precursor of sorts to that of Arwen and Aragorn.

Aredhel said...

Aredhel the White is the daughter of Fingolfin and sister to Turgon - lord of Gondolin - and Fingon - King of the Noldor (she is also a cousin of Galadriel). She was tall and strong and loved to ride and hunt. Aredhel was captured and married by Eol, the Dark Elf. They had a son, Maeglin, who betrayed the city of Gondolin to Morgoth.

Miriel said...

Miriel was daughter and heir of King Tar-Palantir. She would have become Numenor's fourth Ruling Queen, except she was taken to marriage by Ar-Pharazon, (the last king of Numenor) who thereby usurped the throne.

Theodred said...

Theodred was the only son and heir of King Theoden of Rohan. During the War of the Ring, Theodred was the Second Marshall of Rohan, and commanded western Rohan. He was slain in the First Battle of the Fords of Isen. His death made his cousin, Eomer, the heir to the throne of Rohan. His death is mentioned in The Two Towers.

Haleth said...

Haleth, called the Lady of Haleth; leader of the Haladin (who were named from her the People of Haleth) from Thargelion to the lands west of Sirion.
--Index of Names from The Silmarillion

After an Orc-raid against her people, the survivors gathered under Haldad, Haleth's father, and held out in a stockade. By the time they were rescued however, her father and twin brother had been killed.
Haleth was chosen a Cheiftan and ruled until her death.

Thengel said...

Thengel was the sixteenth King of Rohan, only son of Fengel and father of Theoden, who was King of Rohan during the War of the Ring. Thengel became King in TA 2953, following his father's death.

Thengel wed Morwen Steelsheen of Lossarnach, who bore him four daughters and one son. Theodwyn, his daughter, would become the mother of Eomer (eighteenth King of Rohan) and Eowyn.

It is said that Aragorn, under the alias Thorongil, served in Rohan during Thengel's reign.

Idril said...

Idril Celebrindal appears in The Silmarillion and is the elven daughter of Turgon and Elenwe. She is a member of the House of Fingolfin, and earned notoriety by marrying the mortal man, Tuor. This marriage is considered "the second union of Elves and Men." Idril's character plays key roles in the opposition of Maeglin during the "Fall of Gondolin."