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Finw is a fictional character in the fantasy universe of J.R.R. Tolkien. He was the first High King of the oldor (as such he is sometimes surnamed oldaran) who led his Elven people on the journey from Middle-earth to Valinor in the blessed realm of Aman. He was a great friend of Elu Thingol, the King of Doriath.

Finw had two wives. His first was Mriel, who passed away soon after bearing their only child, Fanor. His second wife was Indis, of the Vanyar, who bore him two sons: Fingolfin and Finarfin, and two daughters: Findis and Irim.

During Melkor's attempt to corrupt the oldor, Finw attempted to moderate his people and lead them back to the Valar. When Fanor was exiled from Tirion, Finw went with him to Formenos. There he was the first to be killed in Valinor when Melkor slew him at the doors of Formenos seeking the Silmarils. This act was the catalyst that led to the Revolt of the oldor.

Finw's name is not fully translated. The glossary in the Silmarillion translates Fin as "hair"; other sources say it means "skill".

The House of Finw

            (1)             (2)
  Mriel ========= Finw ========= Indis 
             |               |
             |               ------------------------------------------
          Fanor = Nerdanel  |            |                 |         |
                 |           Findis   Fingolfin = Anair  Irim   Finarfin = Erwen
               Maedhros                         |                          |
               Maglor                         Fingon                    Finrod      
               Celegorm                       Turgon                    Angrod**
               Caranthir                      Aredhel                   Aegnor
               Curufin*                       Argon                     Galadriel 
               Amrod     
               Amras
  (* Father of Celebrimbor)
  (** Father of Orodreth, who was the father of Gil-galad)

Earlier versions of the legendarium

In the first drafts of the genealogy, Finw had four sons: the youngest was named Finrun, but he was dropped after that, thus Finrod (later Finarfin) was Finw's youngest son from then on.

In a later version Finw had three daughters added by Indis, Findis (as their first child) Faniel (as their third), and Finvain (as their youngest). In yet later versions, Faniel was apparently dropped, while Findis and Finvain were kept. Finvain (renamed Irim) was moved to after Fingolfin, thus Finarfin was once again the youngest child of Finw.

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