Other Names: Urundil (Copper-lover); Rusco (fox); alternative name: Sarmo
Dates: N/A, but alive during Age of the Trees
Locations: Tirion, Valinor
Mahtan - the name Nerdanel's father bears in the published Silmarillion - was an Aulendil or Aulendur, belonging to a group of Noldorin families and individuals who were devoted to the Vala Aulë. He was a great smith who loved copper above gold and usually wore a band of copper around his head. His hair was dark brown with a glint of coppery-red in it; his daughter Nerdanel and three of his seven grandsons inherited this colour. Mahtan taught his daughter much about crafts that women of the Noldor seldom used, such as the making of things of metal and stone.
Mahtan was not only Fëanor's father-in-law but also his teacher. When the Noldor became restless and Fëanor used these skills to forge weapons, Mathan rued the day when he had taught his son-in-law the lore of metal-work he had learned from Aulë. He did not join the rebellion of the Noldor but remained behind in Tirion.
(HoMe 10, Morgoth's Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion, and HoMe 12, The Peoples of Middle-earth, The Shibboleth of Fëanor)
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