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fingo'n
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'hair hero'1

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High Kings of the Noldor

Eldest of Fingolfin's children, who inherited the Kingship of the Noldor after his father was slain by Morgoth. He is famed for rescuing Maedhros from Thangorodrim, and thereby healing the rift between the Houses of the Noldor. As High King, he commanded the assault upon Morgoth that became known as the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the Unnumbered Tears, and in that assault he was himself slain by Gothmog, Lord of Balrogs.


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Fingon's name comes from an original form Findekáno. The first element findë refers to a plait of hair (Fingon was said to wear his long dark hair in gold-braided plaits) but is also intended as an 'echo' of the name of his grandfather Finwë. These details come from Tolkien's linguistic notes in The Shibboleth of Fëanor, in volume 12 of The History of Middle-earth.

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