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Dates
Fled from Lórien in III 1981; disappeared sometime after III 20041
Race
Division
Culture
Family
Gave rise to the line of the Princes of Dol Amroth
Settlements
Lived most of her life in Lórien, but later dwelt for a time in Belfalas
Pronunciation
mithre'llas
Meaning
Uncertain2

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Mithrellas

A companion of Nimrodel

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A Silvan Elf who, at least according to legend, accompanied Nimrodel on her journey to the southern havens. Mithrellas, it is said, became lost in the woods of Belfalas, where she was found by Imrazôr the Númenórean. So Elvish blood entered the line of the Princes of Dol Amroth, it was claimed, since her son Galador was the first of the long line of Princes.

Tradition said that after the birth of her two children, Mithrellas disappeared one night, and was never seen again. Her ultimate fate remains unknown, though it is possible she attempted to follow her mistress Nimrodel on the long journey into the West.


Notes

1

III 2004 was the date of the birth of Mithrellas' eldest child, her son Galador. She also had a daughter, Gilmith, so she presumably remained in Belfalas for at least another year and quite possibly longer. At some point after Gilmith's birth, however, Mithrellas disappeared one night and was never seen again. She possibly found her way to a haven and thus into the West, but her fate remains unknown.

2

As a Silvan Elf, Mithrellas' name presumably comes from the little-known Silvan dialect, so a translation is difficult. Its elements mith, rel, las can perhaps be translated in sequence as 'grey' (or 'mist'), 'daughter' and 'leaf', but these interpretations, and indeed the meaning of the name as a whole, remain in the realms of speculation.

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