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Extant in IV 172
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fi'ndegil
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Uncertain1
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Findegil

A scribe of Gondor

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A King's Writer of Gondor, who lived in the early Fourth Age. He completed the oldest and most important copy of the Red Book of Westmarch. Findegil's work was in fact based on the Thain's Book, which was itself a copy of the original Red Book. Unlike many other versions, it included Bilbo's Translations from the Elvish concerning the history of the First Age.

Findegil's main claim to historical notice was due to a note he added to the Thain's Book, marking its completion in the year IV 172. This gives Findegil the distinction of being the last character in any of Tolkien's tales whom we can date with confidence.


Notes

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The element fin- in Findegil's name probably translates as 'skill'. The -degil element is less certain, but given Findegil's profession it probably derives from tegil, the Sindarin word for 'pen'.

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