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A title of Finrod, the discoverer of Men

A title given to Finrod Felagund of Nargothrond. It was while hunting in the Blue Mountains on Beleriand's eastern border that Finrod became the first of the Elves of that land to encounter the race of Men, who had lately crossed the Mountains from the East. Finrod taught the newly arrived Men, and became their champion among the Eldar, helping to lay the foundations of the Edain as allies of the Elves against the power of Morgoth.

Finrod's friendship with Men would ultimately bring about his own doom more than a century later. Upholding an oath that he had sworn to Barahir of the First House of the Edain, Finrod accompanied Barahir's son Beren on a quest to recover a Silmaril. That quest was successful, but Finrod did not survive to see it achieved; he was captured by Sauron and slain in the dungeons of Tol-in-Gaurhoth.

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