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Slain I 472
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Nargothrond; held at Angband after his capture in the Dagor Bragollach
Pronunciation
ge'lmeer
Meaning
Uncertain1
Note
There were two known Elves named Gelmir active during the First Age. This Elf of Nargothrond is not to be confused with another Noldorin Elf, originally a follower of Angrod, who was also named Gelmir.

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Gelmir

Ill-fated nobleman of Nargothrond

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Guilin
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Gelmir

Son of Guilin, of a high house of Nargothrond; captured by Morgoth in the Dagor Bragollach. It was his maiming before the elven host at Barad Eithel that began the great battle of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad.


Notes

1

Gelmir's name is not explained, and there are various possible sources. The initial Gel- might be from gyel-, 'triumph, joy' or from gal- 'bright'. Another potential origin is from the root ʒel-, 'sky blue', which matches well with the fact that Gelmir's brother Gwindor seems to have had gwind, 'pale blue' in his name. The final -mir is almost certainly 'jewel'.

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