Elves - Minor Characters: 4. Angrod

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4. Angrod

This character biography by Finch 2.19.03

Name: Angrod (Telerin form: Angaráto)
Race/Species: Elf
Type: Noldo
Dates: Age of the Trees - First Age 455
Locations: Valinor, Dorthonion
Parents: Father: Finarfin; Mother: Eärwen of Alqualondë
Spouse: Edhellos (Q. Eldalóte)
Children: according to one version of the mythology: Orodreth

Angrod was either the second or the third son of Finarfin, depending which version of the canon the reader prefers. As the second son, he is Orodreth's father (HoMe 12, The Peoples of Middle-earth, The Shibboleth of Fëanor) Like all the children of Finarfin son of Indis, he had the golden hair of the Vanyar.

He joined the rebellion of the Noldor and did not return to Valinor when his father did, and so came under the Curse of Mandos. In the first Quenta Silmarillion, he and his brother Aegnor were close in friendship with the sons of Fëanor, and they sided with Fëanor in the shouting match in the great square of Tirion before the flight of the Noldor. Neither of them crossed the Helcaraxë in this version, for they were allowed to sail to Losgar in the ships the Fëanorians robbed from the Teleri. (HoMe 5, The Lost Road, Quenta Silmarillion)

In Beleriand, Angrod was admitted to Doriath together with his siblings, and later he acted as an ambassador to Thingol on behalf of the Noldor. When Thingol's message was not to the liking of Fëanor's sons, Caranthir saw fit to insult the messenger: "Let not the sons of Finarfin run hither and thither with their tales to this Dark Elf in his caves! Who made them our spokesmen to deal with him?... Let them not so swiftly forget that their father is a lord of the Noldor, though their mother be of other kin." After which Angrod "was wrathful and went forth from the council".

Angrod was the one who defended himself and his siblings against Thingol's allegation that they were Kinslayers when Finrod remained silent, saying: "Lord, I know not what lies you have heard, nor whence; but we came not red-handed. Guiltless we came forth, save maybe of folly, to listen to the words of fell Fëanor, and become as if besotted with wine, and as briefly. No evil did we do on our road, but suffered ourselves great wrong; and forgave it. For this we are named tale-bearers to you and treasonable to the Noldor: untruly as you know, for we have of our loyalty been silent before you, and thus earned your anger. But now these charges are no longer to be borne, and the truth you shall know." Apparently, Angrod was a hothead, and his reaction to the accusations could also be explained by the fact that he bore the brunt of Caranthir's insults after his embassy to Thingol. (Of course, this episode is at variance with the Silmarillion version where Angrod and Aegnor sailed to Beleriand with the Fëanorians, but that was obviously discarded.)

During the Long Peace, Angrod and Aegnor were the only lords of the Noldor who listened to Fingolfin when he wanted to assault Angband, mainly because they were lords of Dorthonion and lived within sight of Thangorodrim. Nothing came of this assault for lack of cooperation from the other Noldorin leaders. In the end it was Morgoth, who attacked the Noldor in the Battle of the Sudden Flame, and both Angrod and Aegnor were slain. (The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch. 13, 15 & 18)

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: Lyllyn

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Other

Genre: Research Article

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/06/03

Original Post: 02/13/03

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