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Glorfindel was tall and straight; his hair was shining gold, his face fair and young and fearless and full of joy; his eyes were bright and clean, and his voice was like music; on his brow set wisdom, and in his hand was strength. Lord of Rings, Fellowship of Ring, Many Meetings Glorfindel was one of the mighty firstborn, and was once Lord of House of Golden Flower in Gondolin. After his death, he was re - embody by Valar to act as an emissary. In this non - canon computer game, Battle for Middle - earth II, Glorfindel is the first hero the player commands in a good campaign. He is depicted with a silver armour and a sword. His powers include the ability to mount his horse asfaloth and the ability to heal and strengthen allied warriors. It should also be noted that Glorfindel has silver hair even though he is actually supposed to have golden hair. Glorfindel, with Dwarf leader Gloin, is sent to muster Dwarves to fight against Sauron. While Glorfindel and Gloin make their travels, however, they also make astounding and important victories against Goblins, driving them out and clearing roads to impede Sauron's control over the North. The mission begins when Glorfindel, along with a few Lorien Warriors, make their way to Rivendell to warn Arwen Undomiel of approaching Goblins. Along the way, they encounter and slay many Goblins, which is disturbing because Goblins have never been sighted this close to Rivendell before. Once making his way to Elrond, Glorfindel warns him of approaching Goblins. In response, more warriors are trained in Barracks to repel assault. After waves of Goblins, Cave Troll, and Mountain Giants attack and fail to break Elven defenses, Arwen arrives with Rivendell Lances and Lorien Archers. The Eagles also joined the fight. With these new forces, Elven leaders direct Elves to destroy Goblin camp. Under Glorfindel's mighty sword, no Goblins survive and the camp is destroy. Wyrm then appear, but Glorfindel repeatedly strikes at it, and the combined efforts of Elves bring Wyrm down, leaving victory with Elves. To prevent further invasions on Rivendell, Glorfindel and Gloin set out for High Pass to rally Dwarves and eliminate Goblins. After a sturdy base is create, Glorfindel sets out on High Pass with new Elven Warriors and Gloin. While journeying, they destroy any Goblin sentries and lairs that they find. Towards the end of High Pass, they find Haldir under ambush by Goblins, and Glorfindel defeats Goblins to rescue his friend. Together, they make their way to Goblin base on the other side of the Pass. Although Watcher in Water appears and attacks, Glorfindel defeats it with the help of his forces. The rest of the Goblins are then routed out, and complete victory goes to the Elves.

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Description

Elf - Lord Glorfindel is one of most powerful of all Eldars of Middle - earth, counted great among Wise. His name is Sindarin for golden - hair. He remembers well the elder days of the world, and bear great power and knowledge of ages past. His wrath can bring terror even to Nazgul of Sauron. In days following the fall of Fornost, Glorfindel comes to the aid of Earnur, prince of Gondor, as he pursues Witch - King of Angmar back to Carn Dum. Earnur's host would have been destroy, but the sudden appearance of Elf - Lord sent Witch - King retreating in fear. It was Glorfindel who prophesy that no man would defeat Witch - King, and who lent his steed Asfaloth to Frodo Baggins during the Ring - bearer's flight from Nazgul across the Ford of Bruinen. Glorfindel was one of the chief counselors of Elrond and a powerful member of the White Council.

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Lore

Suddenly into view below came a white horse, gleaming in the shadows, running swiftly. At dusk its headstall flicker and flash, as if it were stud with gems like living stars. Riders cloak streamed behind him, and his hood was thrown back; his golden hair flow shimmering in the wind of his speed. It appeared that white light was shining through the form and clothing of the rider, as if though through a thin veil. Fellowship of Ring in First Age Glorfindel dwelt in Gondolin, and is remembered in the tale of that city's fall in Battle of Unnumbered Tears. Retreating from the sack of the city through mountain passes, survivors, including Tuor and Idril, were ambush. Glorfindel engaged Balrog's leading ambushers in single combat, and both fell to their deaths. On account of this personal sacrifice, which subsequently allowed birth, through Tuor and Idril, of Earendil, and thus both Elrond and the line of all Kings of Numenor, Glorfindel was reincarnate, and returned to Middle - earth in the Second Age to strengthen Gil - galad and Elrond, once Sauron's evil purposes had been perceive. In year 1975 of Third Age, Glorfindel led the company from Rivendell to the Battle of Fornost, which was instrumental in bringing about Angmar's defeat. As Witch - king flee, Glorfindel counsel against his pursuit, prophesying that his doom was far off, and that not by hand of man would it be achieve. During the War of Ring,s Glorfindel discovers Frodo and his companions in the wilds on their journey to Rivendell, and gives Frodo use of his great white horse, Asfaloth. Steed bore Frodo safely over Ford of Bruinen, outpacing pursuing Nazgul, who was then defeated for time being by wrath of the river, Glorfindel and Aragorn.

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Character

Glorfindel was known for his golden hair, which, at some point, was described to be yellow. He was the Elf of Great bodily, nobility, heroism and spiritual structure, wisdom, and bravery. Gondolindrim loved him dearly and wept upon witnessing his passing at Cirith Thoronath. He was a capable leader, as seen when he led his House during the Fall, and loyal to his King and brothers - in - arms. He was very courageous and mindful of refugees as they escape. He chose to protect all escaping Gondolindrim, though he would have defended them even had they been fugitives of any rank. He displays more of his power and courage when he faces Nine Riders to save Frodo, and when he participates in the Council of Elrond.

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Powers

Glorfindel was a very capable fighter, with great endurance; he fought for hours during the Fall of Gondolin and managed to face against Balrog on his own. After his re - embodiment, Manwe gives Glorfindel powers nearly equal to Maiar's, to help him in his missions in Middle - earth. He was considered one of the most powerful Elves from Rivendell, given by his powerful and almost angelic presence, which had made the Black Riders flee many times. He also had medicine knowledge, as see when he tended to Frodo's wounds. In this non - canon computer game, Battle for Middle - earth II, Glorfindel is the first hero the player commands in a good campaign. He is depicted with a silver armour and a sword. His powers include the ability to mount his horse Asfaloth and the ability to heal and strengthen allied warriors. It should also be noted that Glorfindel has silver hair even though he is actually supposed to have golden hair. Glorfindel, with Dwarf leader Gloin, is sent to muster Dwarves to fight against Sauron. While Glorfindel and Gloin make their travels, however, they also make astounding and important victories against Goblins, driving them out and clearing roads to impede Sauron's control over the North. The mission begins when Glorfindel, along with a few Lorien Warriors, make their way to Rivendell to warn Arwen Undomiel of approaching Goblins. Along the way, they encounter and slay many goblins, which is disturbing because goblins have never been sighted this close to Rivendell before. Once making his way to Elrond, Glorfindel warns him of approaching Goblins. In response, more warriors are trained in Barracks to repel assault. After waves of Goblins, Cave Troll, and Mountain Giants attack and fail to break Elven defenses, Arwen arrives with Rivendell Lances and Lorien Archers. The Eagles also joined the fight. With these new forces, Elven leaders direct Elves to destroy Goblin camp. Under Glorfindel's mighty sword, no Goblins survive and the camp is destroy. Wyrm then appear, but Glorfindel repeatedly strikes at it, and the combined efforts of Elves bring Wyrm down, leaving victory with Elves. To prevent further invasions on Rivendell, Glorfindel and Gloin set out for High Pass to rally Dwarves and eliminate Goblins. After a sturdy base is create, Glorfindel sets out on High Pass with new Elven Warriors and Gloin. While journeying, they destroy any Goblin sentries and lairs that they find. Towards the end of High Pass, they find Haldir under ambush by Goblins, and Glorfindel defeats Goblins to rescue his friend. Together, they make their way to Goblin base on the other side of the Pass. Although Watcher in Water appears and attacks, Glorfindel defeats it with the help of his forces. The rest of the Goblins are then routed out, and complete victory goes to the Elves.

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Etymology

Glorfindel was left out of Ralph Bakshi's version of Lord of Rings, with Legolas in place of him when Aragorn was supposed to meet him before the attack on Ford of Bruinen. In Fellowship of Ring, Glorfindel's role in guiding Frodo Baggins to Rivendell is filled by Arwen, though he does appear during the prologue when Sauron is defeat. In Return of the King, Glorfindel is seen walking next to Arwen as she is having a vision of her son Eldarion during the journey to Grey Havens. In his last appearance, he is seen at the crowning of King Elessar, behind Legolas and in front of Arwen. In all his appearances in movies he has no speaking lines. He was included in the BBC's Lord of Rings radio series in 1981 and was voiced by John Webb.

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Parentage

In Tolkien's early drafts, there were two Glorfindels: Glorfindel of Gondolin and Glorfindel of Rivendell. These two were initially thought to be different individuals. While writing Lord of Rings, Tolkien borrowed name from one of earlier Elves. As legendarium grew more diverse, however, Tolkien decided that an elf who had fought in many wars might be a good companion for Gandalf. He explains in Last Writings that Glorfindel of Gondolin and Glorfindel of Rivendell are One and same: upon deciding on Glorfindel's return to Middle - earth, Tolkien came up with three options regarding Glorfindel's return to Middle - earth: SA 1200, SA 1600, or TA 1000. Although all were probable, Tolkien favoured the SA 1600 date. In the first draft of the Council of Elrond, Glorfindel was among what was to become the Fellowship of Ring, along with Durin, son of Balin, and Trotter.

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Other versions of the legendarium

Glorfindel first appeared in Tolkien's fantasy in Fall of Gondolin, about the conquest of Elven city Gondolin by the Dark Lord Morgoth. It was the first part of Book of lose Tales to be write, in 1916 - 17. As his ideas evolve, Tolkien wrote about this event various times, and it appeared in compressed form in Silmarillion, when much of Tolkien's original ideas had been superseded or abandon. From the beginning, Glorfindel appears as a noble Lord, known as one of King Turgon's chief lieutenants. In the original Fall of Gondolin, he is called chief of House of Golden Flower. After fighting in the city's defence, Glorfindel escapes together with Tuor, Idril, Earendil and many others. Survivors pass through the Encircling Mountains above Gondolin. However, they are ambushed by enemies, including the Balrog demon. Glorfindel duels and kills Balrog, but is himself kill. His body is buried under a mound of stones. Fall of Gondolin relates that Glorfindel and Balrog become Elven proverbs to describe great skill and courage in Battle. We are also told that he is patriarch of the House of Golden Flower in the Fall of Gondolin, Tolkien wrote that his name meaneth Goldtress because his hair was golden. Editor Christopher Tolkien comments that this was from the beginning meaning of his name, as the character is called yellow - haired Glorfindel in Silmarillion. In Silmarillion, Glorfindel appears as one of Turgon's captains who oversees his retreat during the Battle of Unnumbered Tears. The Elf of the same name appears in Lord of Rings, written many years after the Fall of Gondolin and usually published in three volumes. He figures in the main story of Lord of Rings, about hobbit Frodo Baggins and One Ring of Dark Lord Sauron. One of the appendices usually published with the third volume, Return of King, relates that during the Third Age, Glorfindel led the Elvish forces of Rivendell, Grey Havens, and Lothlorien against Angmar in the Battle of Fornost. There he fights alongside Earnur, future King of Gondor, along with remnants of Gondor's sister kingdom, Arnor. When Witch - King of Angmar, Lord of Ringwraiths and chief servant of Sauron, rid out to defend his ruling seat at captured Fornost, his presence spooks Earnur's horse and sends the prince backwards, and Witch - King mocks him for this. Glorfindel confronts Witch - King, who flees into the night. Earnur wishes to pursue him, but Glorfindel bids him not to and prophesies Witch - King will fall in the far future, but not by the hand of man. Many years later, Eowyn kills Witch - King during the Battle of Pelennor Fields, assisted by Meriadoc Brandybuck. Prior to this event, prophecy had been interpreted to mean mankind in general, not man in the sense of gender.

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Portrayal in adaptations

He was tall and straight; his hair was shining gold, his face fair and young and fearless and full of joy; his eyes were bright and clean, and his voice was like music; on his brow set wisdom, and in his hand was strength. Glorfindel was one of the mighty firstborn, and was once Lord of House of Golden Flower in Gondolin. After his death, he was re - embody by Valar to act as an emissary. Glorfindel was known for his golden hair, which, at some point, was described to be yellow. He was an elf of great bodily and spiritual structure, wisdom, and bravery. Gondolindrim loved him dearly and wept upon witnessing his passing at Cirith Thoronath. He was a capable leader, as seen when he led his House during the Fall, and loyal to his King and brothers - in - arms. He was very courageous and mindful of refugees as they escape. He chose to protect all escaping Gondolindrim, though he would have defended them even had they been fugitives of any rank. He displays more of his power and courage when he faces Nine Riders to save Frodo, and when he participates in the Council of Elrond. Glorfindel was a very capable fighter, with great endurance; he fought for hours during the Fall of Gondolin and managed to face against Balrog on his own. After his re - embodiment, Manwe gives Glorfindel powers nearly equal to Maiar's, to help him in his missions in Middle - earth. He was considered one of the most powerful Elves from Rivendell, given by his powerful and almost angelic presence, which had made the Black Riders flee many times. He also had medicine knowledge, as see when he tended to Frodo's wounds. Glorfindel was born in Tirion sometime during the Noontide of Valinor, and was descended from the House of Princes. He followed House of Fingolfin during Flight of Noldor, but he took no part in Kinslaying at Alqualonde. After exile, Glorfindel follows Turgon to Gondolin. He was appointed as Lord of the House of Golden Flower and one of the captains of the King. He was popular and well - loved by Gondolindrim. When Aredhel wishes to depart Gondolin in search for the Sons of Feanor, Turgon appoints Glorfindel, Ecthelion, and Egalmoth to be her escorts. They were denied entrance to Doriath, and instead turned north where the escort lost Aredhel near Nan Dungortheb. They later return to Gondolin without her. Along with King Turgon, Glorfindel fought in Nirnaeth Arnoediad, holding the King's flanks as they retreated towards the Pass of Sirion. In FA 510, forces of Melkor attack Gondolin, with the help of Maeglin's treachery. Glorfindel and the last of his followers hold the Great Market from Orcs, in pursuance of ambushing enemies. However, they themselves were ambushed and fought until fire - drake arrive. Glorfindel and his people cut their way out, but were pursed by Orcs.

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Trivia

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Home(s)Originally: Tirion upon Tuna ; later: Gondolin ; later: Imladris
Language(s)Quenya ( Noldorissa ); Sindarin ; Westron
PeopleElves ; High-Elves ; Noldor ; Vanyar
Time PeriodYears of the Trees - F.A. 510; S.A. 1600 (Return to Middle-Earth) - Unknown
GenderMale
ParentsAthyamo Valandur(N); Findis Alassinde(N)
SiblingsNeurinya
SpouseUnknown
ChildrenUnknown (N) = non-canon

Glorfindel was of House of Finwe and Lord of House of Golden flower. He departs Undying Lands with his brother, though somewhat reluctantly, fight valiantly against Morgoth. A valiant captain of guard in Gondolin, Glorfindel escapes the sack of that city and aids Tuor, Idril, and their child's flight. The party was attacked by evil force led by Balrog, however. Glorfindel engages demons in single combat while others escape. Both the Elf - Lord and Balrog fell to their deaths. Bring before Namo in Mandos, Glorfindel chose to be reembodied instead of reincarnation into new Hroa and was sent back to Middle - Earth to support Istari in their struggle against Sauron. Return to Endor Glorfindel eventually offers his service to Elrond and rises to chief of the Guardians of Rivendell. He led the force in the Last Alliance of Men and Elves, as well as commanding the Elven army which defeated Angmar in the Battle of Fornost. Not least among his accomplishments was, no doubt, the instruction of Aragorn in ways of combat. Few of his kind remain in Middle - Earth by the end of the Third Age. Not only strong, Glorfindel was account one of Wise, and attended the Council of Elrond. He sails into the West with Ringbearers at the end of Third Age.

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