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Born in Nevrast before I 126; known to be extant until at least I 4951
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voro'nweh
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'steadfast one'
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Voronwë

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A mariner of Gondolin, sent by Turgon to seek a passage to Aman and call on the Valar for aid against Morgoth. He failed, and was washed ashore in Nevrast, where he encountered Tuor and led him back as messenger of Ulmo to the city of Gondolin.


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Voronwë called Nevrast 'the land of my birth' (in Of Tuor and His Coming to Gondolin in Unfinished Tales), so he must have born there before the exodus to Gondolin in I 126. He is last seen guiding Tuor to Gondolin in I 495, after which he makes no further appearance in any canonical work.

According to older traditions, though, he escaped the ruin of Gondolin and eventually sailed into the West, either with his friend Tuor, or even (in the earliest versions of the story) with Eärendil himself. Nothing of this has survived into the published edition of The Silmarillion.

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