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In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Fingolfin was a High King of the oldor in Beleriand, eldest son of Finw and Indis, younger brother of Findis, older brother of Irim and Finarfin, and the younger half-brother of Fanor. His wife was Anair and his children were Fingon, Turgon, Aredhel, and ArgonTemplate:Ref.

The name Fingolfin is a Sindarin form of his name: in Valinor he was called by his Quenya name olofinw, or "wise Finw".

Fingolfin led the largest host of the oldor when they fled Aman for Middle-earth, even though he thought this unwise; he did not want to abandon his people to Fanor. He was the one who took them across the ice of the Helcarax, and soon after, at the rising of the Sun, he came to the gates of Angband and smote upon them, but Morgoth stayed hidden inside. Fingolfin and the Noldor then came to the northern shores of Lake Mithrim, from which the Fanorian part of the host had withdrawn.

His son Fingon rescued Maedhros, son of Fanor, who consequently waived his claim to kingship : thus, Fingolfin became High-King of the Noldor. He then ruled from Hithlum, by the northern shores of Lake Mithrim.

After defeating the Orcs in the Dagor Aglareb, Fingolfin maintained the Siege of Angband for nearly four hundred years. But the Siege was ended by the sudden assaults of Morgoth in the Dagor Bragollach, and many peoples of Beleriand fled. In the end Fingolfin rode to Angband alone to challenge Morgoth to single combat, and there died after a mighty duel, wounding Morgoth seven times with his sword Ringil. Thorondor the King of Eagles then brought Fingolfin's body to a mountaintop overlooking Gondolin, and Turgon built a cairn over the remains of his father.

Fingon then became High King of the oldor.



  1. Template:NoteArgon only appears in very late writings by Tolkien as published in The History of Middle-earth, and is left out of the published the



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