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Dates
Born with the first Elves at Cuiviénen; apparently still extant
Race
Division
Pronunciation
i'ngweh
Meaning
'High One'1
Titles

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  • Updated 4 April 2011
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Ingwë
Unnamed
sister
Many children,
including Ingwiel
Indis

Reconstructed2 genealogy of Ingwë, showing his relationship to Indis.

The lord of the Vanyar, accounted the High King of all the Elves; he dwells on Taniquetil beneath the halls of Manwë.


Notes

1

Actually, Ingwë's name doesn't appear to have originally had a specific meaning, but it became associated with the Quenya word inga, meaning 'highest point'. So, Ingwë's people the Vanyar referred to themselves as the Ingwer ('high ones'), and Ingwë's own title as High King of all the Elves derives from Ingwë Ingweron, literally meaning 'chief of the chieftains'.

2

The published Silmarillion tells us almost nothing of Ingwë's family, except that he was closely related to Indis. Various sources within The History of Middle-earth tell us more: in The Later Quenta Silmarillion (in volume 10) we're told that he had many children, and in The Shibboleth of Fëanor (in volume 12) Indis is stated to be the daughter of his sister. Tolkien's ideas on this topic changed over time (at one point Indis was Ingwë's sister) but the genealogy shown here follows the latest formulation.

One important member of Ingwë's family was his son Ingwiel, who is prominent in early stories of the War of Wrath. According to those tales, it was Ingwiel who led the Vanyar to Middle-earth, sailing across the Great Sea and landing at Eglarest, where he defeated the Orcs who held the Haven. In the published Silmarillion, Ingwiel has disappeared, and only Finarfin is named as a leader of the armies of the Elves. In volume 4 of The History of Middle-earth, Christopher Tolkien suggests that this omission may have been an error, and Ingwiel should have remained in the text as joint commander of the Elves of Valinor.

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