Fingolfin, High King of the Noldor, slain by Morgoth
Event Type: Genealogical
Age: 1st Age
An event in the aftermath of the Dagor Bragollach; see that entry for an overview:
Fingolfin, son of Finwë, 1st High King of the Noldor in Beleriand, dies in a duel with Morgoth:
Thrice [Fingolfin] was crushed to his knees, and thrice arose again and bore up his broken shield and stricken helm. But the earth was all rent and pitted about him, and he stumbled and fell backward before the feet of Morgoth; and Morgoth set his left foot upon his neck, and the weight of it was like a fallen hill. Yet with his last and desperate stroke Fingolfin hewed the foot with Ringil, and the blood gushed forth black and smoking and filled the pits of Grond.
Thus died Fingolfin, High King of the Noldor, most proud and valiant of the Elven-kings of old. The Orcs made no boast of that duel at the gate; neither do the Elves sing of it, for their sorrow is too deep.
The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 18, Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin
Elena Tiriel 14Mar10