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Descended from the line of the Princes of Dol Amroth
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Originally Dol Amroth, but Finduilas would presumably have removed to Minas Tirith after her wedding to Denethor in III 2976
Pronunciation
findui'las ('ui' is pronounced as in English 'ruin')
Meaning
Uncertain1

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Finduilas

A noble lady of Dol Amroth

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Adrahil
Ivriniel2
Finduilas
Denethor II
Imrahil
Boromir
Faramir

A lady of Gondor, wedded to Denethor II of Minas Tirith, and the mother of Boromir and Faramir.


Notes

1

The initial element fin- certainly means 'hair', but the remainder of Finduilas' name is difficult to interpret. In many names the final element -las means 'leaf', and that may be the case here, but it is difficult to see how the concepts of 'hair' and 'leaf' could be meaningfully connected within a name. There may possibly be a connection to duil 'river' (so Finduilas would mean something like 'flowing hair').

It seems reasonable to presume that Finduilas' name was taken from that of Finduilas of Nargothrond, the daughter of Orodreth, who lived and died during the First Age.

2

Finduilas' elder sister Ivriniel is not mentioned in any canonical work, but she does appear in a genealogical chart in volume 12 of The History of Middle-earth

See also...

Angelimir, Denethor II

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