Title(s): Lord of the Golden Flower
Date of Birth: Around 1562 of the Years of the Trees
Arrived in Middle-earth: Year 1 of the First Age
Left Middle-earth: 3001 TA
Returned to Middle-earth: 3002 TA
Residences: Gondolin, Rivendell
Height: 6 feet, 4 inches
Hair color: silver
Glorfindel of the 1st Age's bio
Glorfindel was among the Elves who left the Undying Lands in defiance of the Valar on a quest to retrieve the Silmarils from Morgoth. It is said that Glorfindel took part in the rebellion because of his kinship and allegiance with Turgon and that Glorfindel did not participate in the killing of other Elves known as the Kinslaying.
In Middle-earth, Glorfindel settled in Gondolin, the hidden realm founded by Turgon. Glorfindel was the lord of the House of the Golden Flower. He fought in the Battle of Unnumbered Tears in the year 472. When the battle was lost, Glorfindel helped guard the flanks as Turgon and his remaining forces retreated to safety.
Gondolin was attacked by the forces of Morgoth in the year 510. Turgon's daughter Idril escaped along with her husband Tuor and her son Earendil and other survivors. They fled over the high pass called the Eagles' Cleft, but they were waylaid by Orcs and a Balrog. Glorfindel allowed the others to escape by engaging the Balrog in battle. They fell together into the abyss and died. Glorfindel's body was retrieved by the Great Eagle Thorondor and he was buried near the pass under a green mound covered with yellow flowers.
Glorfindel's Return in the Second Age
Elves were immortal and thus did not die of natural causes, but they could be killed by violence as Glorfindel was. When this happened, their spirits went to the Halls of Mandos to be judged, and after a time their spirits could be restored to their bodily forms to live again. Like all those who participated in the rebellion, Glorfindel was banned from returning to the Undying Lands, but it is thought that this restriction was waived in Glorfindel's case because of his noble sacrifice in defense of the people of Gondolin. He was reincarnated and dwelled for a time in the Undying Lands. He may have become a friend and follower of the Maia Olorin, who was later known as Gandalf.
When Glorfindel returned to Middle-earth is uncertain. He may have accompanied Gandalf around the year 1000 of the Third Age. But it is more likely that Glorfindel came earlier, possibly around the year 1600 of the Second Age at the time when Sauronforged the One Ring. Glorfindel may have gone to Middle-earth to help Gil-galad and Elrond defend against Sauron's growing power.
Glorfindel in the Third Age:
Glorfindel lived at Rivendell, the realm of Elrond. In 1974, the Witch-king of Angmar invaded the North-kingdom of Arnor. Glorfindel led an army from Rivendell to the Battle of Fornost in 1975 and helped defeat the Witch-king's forces. Then the Witch-king himself came onto the battlefield and challenged Earnur, Captain of Gondor. Earnur's horse bolted and the Witch-king mocked him, but Glorfindel approached and the Witch-king fled from him. Glorfindel counselled Earnur not to follow, saying: "Far off yet is his doom, and not by the hand of man will he fall." (LotR, App. A, p. 332)
In the year of 3001 of the 3rd Age: a prophecy about the daughter of twilight and Kham�l and a war that was fought called The War of the Prophecy. It was during this year that Glorfindel fell in love with Elvina Herewood, daughter of Captain Aenurin Herewood of the Rivendell Guards.
Sometime during this, a council was called between all elves and men about the this Kham�l and also the prophecy concerning Ronat, the daughter of twilight. It was this point in time that Elrond decided to Captain Herewood and his three eldest sons go to Mirkwood and also Lothlorien to bring those of both places to Rivendell. But along the way, both Captain Herewood and his three eldest sons were ambushed and died by the hand of the Orcs high in the Misty Mountains.
Glorfindel, Legolas, Aragorn and Haldir went off to find them and low and behold they found the bodies of Captain Herewood, and his sons, dead. They buried them until it was time to bring them back to Elvina and her mother. Glorfindel was the first one to tell his beloved about her father's as well as her elder brothers passing to the Hall of Mandos. This brought both much closer as both future husband and wife. It was from this time that they were betrothed.
The War of the Prophecy came into being in the fall of that fateful year of 3001, the Elves both Rivendell, Lorien, Mirkwood, Aragorn and wizard named Gandalf journeyed towards the east and waged war against Kham�l and his men, mostly Orcs of the forces of Sauron. A war came and was over in three days and Glorfindel gave his life for Lord Elrond when an Orc's arrow flew towards Lord Elrond and seeing this, Glorfindel pushed his lord out of the way and got hit by the arrow and serious injured. By the time the group arrived back to Rivendell, Glorfindel was seriously ill by the blackbreath from orcish arrow that hit him.
Glorfindel passed away and his spirit was in the Hall of Waiting, where he waited untilt he time was right for him to return. His return to Middle Earth came in beginning of 3002 of the 3rd Age and he was visiting with King Thranduil of the Woodland Realm and his family without Elvina knowing.
In the ~ The One Ring ~ Novel:
Glorfindel, former beloved of Elvina Herewood, Captain of the Rivendel Guards returns to Middle Earth when the ONE ring is sighted.
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