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King of the Eldar

A ruler of the High Elves

A title granted to any of the rulers of the Eldar, but most especially to those in Middle-earth. There were several independent Kings of the Eldar in Beleriand during the First Age, such as King Finrod of Nargothrond, or King Turgon of Gondolin. Set over all of these was a High King, a title granted to Fingolfin after Fëanor's death, and held by him until the Ruin of Beleriand. During the Second Age, the High King was Fingolfin's grandson Gil-galad, who ruled the remaining Elf-lands from Lindon, and was also accounted 'King of the Eldar'.

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