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Spirit of Fire (Finwë)

An early view of two very influential Eldar.


The nights have cooled since we first awakened by the shores of Cuiviénen. Plants drowse in fruitless slumber. We have learned to kill for food. I strike sparks from fire-stone with my flint spearheads, so the slain deer will cook on the branches I gathered. Yet the wood does not light.

A shower of dry leaves and grasses falls atop the woodpile, dropped from a maiden’s deft hands. I bring forth sparks, then flame, and a warm smile from the maiden. She calls me Finwë, skilled one. I name her Míriel, for her jewel-bright eyes. New fire kindles between us.


As most Silmarillion readers know, Finwe and Míriel became the parents of Fëanor, the mercurial genius who created the palantír, the Silmarils, and the Kin-strife. Fëanor’s name means Spirit of Fire. Tolkien never stated whether Finwë and Míriel were among the original Elves awakened at Cuiviénen, but he never named their parents, at least not to my knowledge, and Finwe at least was contemporary with the first-created Eldar.

Special thanks to ElenaTiriel of HASA/Henneth-Annun, for researching the meaning of Finwë’s name!


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