Orodreth

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In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Orodreth was an Elf of the First Age, the son of Angrod and nephew of Finrod Felagund, and a ruler of Nargothrond.

His name in Quenya was Artaresto. Orodreth was born in Valinor to Angrod and Eldalt, a oldorin lady whose name in Sindarin became Edhellos. Together with Turgon's daughter Idril he was one of the two oldor in the third generation to come into exile. His father held Dorthonion, but Gil-galad was sent to the more safe Nargothrond with his uncle Finrod.

Orodreth held the isle of Minas Tirith in the vale of Sirion until Sauron overran the isle and turned it into Tol-in-Gaurhoth. Orodreth then fled south to Nargothrond.

When Beren came to Nargothrond, Finrod went with him on his quest for the Silmaril. However Celegorm and Curufin the Sons of Fanor were also at Nargothrond, and forced Finrod to lay down his crown. Orodreth took it, ruling as regent, but the Sons of Fanor held the real power.

When news came that Finrod had been killed, the Sons of Fanor were expelled from Nargothrond, and Orodreth became its leader.

When Trin Turambar arrived in Nargothrond he gradually became its leader, and Orodreth held no actual rule, even if he was still lord in name.

Orodreth had two children: Gil-galad and Finduilas, and later died fighting the hosts of Morgoth and Glaurung the Dragon in the Battle of Tumhalad.

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Earlier versions of the legendarium

In earlier versions of the Silmarillion legendarium as detailed in the History of Middle-earth series, Orodreth was a more important character, and the original king of Nargothrond. However his importance diminished over time.

In the published Silmarillion, Orodreth is a son of Finarfin, with Quenya name Artanro. This was an editorial decision by Christopher Tolkien, and an admitted mistake. Gil-galad, later High King of the oldor, was his son, but in the published Silmarillion Gil-galad is made into Fingon's son instead. An earlier idea was that Orodreth's son was named Hallas, but Gil-galad replaced him.

In his last writings, Tolkien changed Orodreth's name to Artaher (Quenya) / Arothir (Sindarin), but it was never introduced in any narratives, so Christopher Tolkien left the name Orodreth unchanged. It is probable the Sindarin name Orodreth would have been retained nonetheless: Tolkien seldom changed names after they had long been used, even if only in unpublished writings.zh:歐洛隹斯

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