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Thingol

Meaning: grey cloak*

Other Names: Elwë Singollo, Elu*

Location(s): Cuiviénen, Beleriand, Doriath

Race/Species: Elf

Type/Kind: Sindar

Title(s): King of Doriath, the Hidden King

Dates: Cuiviénen - I, 502

Siblings: Olwë, Elmo

Spouse: Melian

Children: Lúthien, [Dairon]

Description:
Turgon of Gondolin is called "tallest of all the Children of the World, save Thingol" . Which would actually make Thingol the tallest.

Unfinished Tales, Part One: The First Age, I - Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin, Note 31

"...the Sindar they were named, the Grey-elves, the elves of the Twilight and King Greymantle was he, Elu Thingol in the tongue of that land.

"Great power Melian lent to Thingol, who was himself great among the Eldar; for he alone of all the Sindar had seen with his own eyes the Trees in the day of their flowering, and king though he was of Úmanyar, he was not accounted among the Moriquendi, but with the Elves of the Light, mighty upon Middle-earth."

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, IV - Of Thingol and Melian

"...for fair and noble as he had been, now he appeared as it were a lord of the Maiar, his hair as grey silver, tallest of all the Children of Ilúvatar; and a high doom was before him."

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, V - Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië

* Grey cloak, grey mantle - from Quenya Sindacollo, Singollo and Elu Sindarin, from Elwë (star-man)

When Thingol learned of the kinslaying, he forbade the usage of Quenya in his realm: "'All the Sindar shall hear my command that they shall neither speak with the tongue of the Noldor nor answer to it. And all such as use it shall be held slayers of kin and betrayers of kin unrepentant.'"

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, XV - Of the Noldor in Beleriand

Contributors:
Ying, 01.10.03, Finch, 01.01.03

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