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Middle-earth Mothers – Silmarillion Style

May 13, 2012 at 8:42 am by newsfrombree  - 

Elwing by moon-blossom

Today is Mother’s Day in the US – and here at we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the importance mothers and motherhood play in our everyday lives. We honor those maternal bonds that are everlasting – bonds that time and distance can never truly break. To this end, we thought it might be a bit geeky to list out the names of the highlighted Mother’s from the Silmarillion, Index of Names. If you have not read the Silmarillion, or are not familiar with Middle-earth history, there will be some spoilers ahead!

Elwing – Daughter of Dior, who escaping from Doriath with the Silmaril wedded Earendil at the Mouths of Sirion and went with him to Vali-nor; mother of Elrond and Elros. The name means ‘Star-spray’ ; see Lanthir Lamath. [Elwing by Moon-blossom]

Emeldir – Called the Man-hearted; wife of Barahir and mother of Beren; led the women and children of the House of Beor from Dorthonion after the Dagor Bragollach. (She was herself also a descendant of Beor the Old, and her father’s name was Beren; this is not stated in the text.)

Hareth – Daughter of Halmir of Brethil; wedded Galdor of Dor;mother of Hurin and Huor.

Idril – Called Celebrindal ‘Silverfoot’ ; the daughter (and only child) of Turgon and Elenwe; wife of Tuor, mother of Earendil, with whom she escaped from Gondolin to the Mouths of Sirion; departed thence with Tuor into the West.

Indis – Vanyarin Elf, close kin of Ingwe; second wife of Finwe, mother of Fingolfin and Finarfin.

Lindorie – Mother of Inzilbeth.

Melian – A Maia, who left Valinor and came to Middle-earth; afterwards the Queen of King Thingol in Doriath, about which she set a girdle of enchantment, the Girdle of Melian; mother of Luthien, and fore-mother of Elrond and Elros.

Miriel – (I) The first wife of Finwe, mother of Feanor; died after Feanor’s birth. Called Serinde ‘the Broideress’.

Morwen – Daughter of Baragund (nephew of Barahir, the father of Beren); wife of Hurin and mother of Turin and Nienor; called Eledhwen (translated in the text as ‘Elfsheen’) and the Lady of Dor-lomin.

Nimloth – (2) Elf of Doriath who wedded Dior Thingol’s Heir; mother of Elwing; slain in Menegroth in the attack by the sons of Feanor.

Rian – Daughter of Belegund (nephew of Barahir, the father of Beren);wife of Huor and mother of Tuor; after Huor’s death died of grief on the Haudh-en-Ndengin.

Silmarien – Daughter of Tar-Elendil, the fourth King of Numenor ;mother of the first lord of Andunie and ancestress of Elendil and his sons Isildur and Anarion.

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14 responses to “Middle-earth Mothers – Silmarillion Style”

  1. Luthien Ivey says:

    I’m surprised that you included Melian, but not her daughter, Luthien. 

  2. Sirielle says:

    Indis – also mother of 
    Findis and Irimë, let’s not forget about daughters!

  3. Eastern Sea says:


  4. Luthien Ivey says:

    Gilraen, mother of Aragorn, who said, “”I gave Hope to the Dúnedain.  I have kept no hope for
    myself,” before dying.

  5. SonofLiberty7 says:

    I have often wondered if Gandalf was a close friend of Bilbo’s mother, because when Gandalf comments on Bilbo’s use of “good morning”, he does not refer to him as the son of Bungo Baggins, but as the son of Belladonna Took.
    “I am Gandalf, and Gandalf means me!  To think that I should have lived to be good-morninged by Belladonna Took’s son, as if I was selling buttons at the door!”  — Gandalf, The Hobbit, ch. 1
    This tells me that perhaps Bilbo’s mother was  more forthright in her speech, and, who knows, maybe adventurous in her own time.

  6. GK says:

    This is a cool article, and as I love The Silmarillion, I was totally jazzed to see this article. Some people might think it nerdy, but to heck with them.

    And now I am going to do something nerdy in a perhaps worse way, and it will probably make many people roll their eyes, but I am honestly doing it in the spirit of being helpful, not critical (as a good mom would do).

    When you want to make a word plural by adding the letter ‘s’, you don’t use an apostrophe.  The plural of mother is mothers; the plural of lamp is lamps, and so on. An apostrophe + s is used at the end of a word to designate ownership, like this: My mother’s voice is beautiful.

    I do understand why people sometimes get confused: it is because of the way that ownership by multiple persons is expressed, but this is with an apostrophe after the letter ‘s’: The cats’ litter box is clean. This tells us that the litter box is owned (or, in this case, used) by several cats. If we were to write “The cat’s litter box is clean” we would be talking about a litter box used by one cat. (With regards to this apostrophe situation, it would not matter if either the single cat or the multiple cats had multiple litter boxes.)

    A short version of all this can be memorized easily:

    Here is a list of mothers from The Silmarillion.
    My mother’s voice is beautiful.

    My cat’s litter box is clean.
    John’s cat’s litter boxes are spotless.

    Those cats’ litter box is also clean.
    Mary’s many cats’ litter boxes are, quite predictably, clean.

    Maybe I should have written about sons and daughters instead of cats. My apologies.

  7. Linda Turner says:

    Wait a minute.  Elwing was Elrond’s mother?  I thought Galadriel was Elrond’s mother.  

  8. Luthien Ivey says:

    No, Elwing was Elrond’s mother.  Galadriel’s daughter, Celebrian, married Elrond and was the mother of Arwen Evenstar.  Suffering from a wound inflicted by Orcs at the Redhorn Gate of Caradhas, she returned to the Undying Lands in the Third Age.

  9. Thenidiel says:

    O.o ?

  10. Luthien Ivey says:

    Gandalf was a close friend to Gerontius (The Old Took), whose eldest daughter was Belladonna.  So, it’s very likely that he was also her friend – at least, when she grew up.
    She supposedly inherited her father’s adventurousness and a large chunk of his wealth.  The latter was used by Bungo to partly pay for the construction of Bag End.

  11. Jan Jarrell says:

    No Hobbit Mothers?? No Rosie Cotton? Belle Gamgee? Primula Baggins?? they deserve a mention, surely.

  12. Aragornfan says:

    The painting of Elwing is beautiful.  Kudos to ‘moon-blossom’.  The text, however, omits the names of the most significant women in the LOTR background story.  These include Luthien, the daughter of the Maia, Melian, and the Elvish king, Thingol, wife of Beren for whose sake she accepted mortality, and the grandmother of Elwing; Galadriel,  a leader of the Noldor elves who left Valinor for Middle-Earth, sister of Finrod who first befriended the fathers of the Dunedain clans when they wandered westward across the Misty mountains, and the daughter of Finarfin who refused to leave.  She is called the lady of light in LOTR and is the grandmother of Arwen; Finally, there is Arwen Evenstar, who, like her great great great grandmother, Luthien, accepted mortality to become united with Aragorn.

  13. Linda Turner says:

     Well that clears that up! 🙂   Thank you!

  14. Morwen says:

    Morwen was also the name of the mother of Theoden, called “Steelsheen”

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