17 February 2012

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 232: Thorondor

Thorondor (S. ‘King of Eagles’ from Q. Sorontar) was the Lord of Eagles in the First Age, said to be the mightiest of all the Eagles that ever lived. He was a Messenger of Manwë, sent by the King of the Valar to watch over the Noldor upon their arrival in Beleriand. The first of his many deeds was helping Fingon rescue Maedhros from Thangorodrim. Following this, Thorondor settled in the Crissaegrim and became the guardian of the newly built city of Gondolin. He later protected the body of Fingolfin from defilement by Morgoth, in the process leaving a scar on the Dark Lord’s face. With the help of two other eagles, he then rescued Beren and Lúthien from Angband during the Quest of the Silmaril. During the War of Wrath, he and Eärendil led the Eagles in battle against the Dragons; it is possible he may have fought Ancalagon the Black. His eventual fate is not recorded following the War of Wrath, and is therefore unknown. His descendants, however, remained behind.

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