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Born in Valinor during the Years of the Trees; presumably still extant
Not given in the canonical works1
Finarfin was accounted King of that tenth part of the Noldor who remained in Valinor


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King over the Noldor in Aman

The youngest of Finwë's three sons; when his half-brother Fëanor led the host of the Noldor back to Middle-earth, Finarfin chose to remain in Valinor, and became King of those Noldor who remained also. His five children, Finrod, Orodreth, Angrod, Aegnor and Galadriel, all followed Fëanor into the east.



A possible derivation appears in The Peoples of Middle-earth (The History of Middle-earth Vol. 12): XI The Shibboleth of Fëanor. Here, Finarfin is a contraction of Finwë Arafinwë adapted to the sounds of Sindarin. The meaning would be 'Finwë, noble Finwë' (according to this source, Finwë originally named each of his three sons after himself).

It should be noted, though, that The Shibboleth of Fëanor dates from the late 1960's, suggesting that Tolkien invented this derivation 'after the event' - it appears (though this cannot be stated certainly) that the name came first, and its derivation followed years later.

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