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Valladar Findilsa of Lorien

Valladar “Silver Locks”

Son of Fingil and Emerwen, Valladar received his surname “Findilsa” from his kinswoman Galadriel, Lady of Lorien because “his hair resembles the radiance of Earwen, my mother, who dwells in Tirion upon the green hill of Tuna”. Earwen, the wife of Finarfin was of the Teleri and she was renowned for the color of her hair which matched the light of Teleperion the Silver, eldest of all trees in Arda. Galadriel did not speak unwisely, for she knew that Valladar shared her own lineage, of the House of Finarfin, for Fingil was of the lineage of Finwe through Angrod son of Finarfin. His grandmother was Eamone, younger sister to Orodreth who was the father of Gil-galad. This made Fingil a Noldor prince and close kinsmen of the last High King of the Noldor in exile. 

Emerwen, the wife of Fingil and mother of Valladar was of the Nandor, Elves of Telerin descent, who left the Great Journey from Cuivienen to Valinor as the Elves reached the Hithaeglir (Misty Mountains). Her ancestors were those elves who under Denethor, son of Lenwë, crossed the Ered Luin into Ossiriand, which was after named Lindon, or Land of the singers, after these elves. They became known as the Laiquendi or Green Elves. The Silvan Elves of Mirkwood and Lothlórien were descended from the Nandor as were the Elves which dwelt at Edhellond near Dol Amroth during the early days of Gondor.

Valladar was born on the northwestern coast of Forlindon along the shores of Belegaer the great western sea, the primary refuge of the Eldar following the War of Wrath and the changing of Arda, at the end of the first age of Middle Earth. It was here that Fingil and Earwen dwelt, in sight of the Isle of Himling, a small island that lay off the northwestern coast of Lindon. During the First Age, this had not been an island but a hill - Himring, where the eldest son of Feanor, Maedhros One-handed’s fortress had stood. When the western lands were flooded at the end of the First Age, the plains about the hill were drowned, and it was left standing as an island. Fingil loved to go there and sit among the ancient Noldorian ruins. He would sit and gaze into the west and dream of swan boats and white sands, and comrades long gone.

Fingil was a companion and kinsmen of Gil-galad, the last High King of the Noldor-in-Exile. Fingil followed his liege when he fled Beleriand after the fall of Gondolin and the death of the last High King, Turgon. Fingil was a renowned bowman who campaigned with the High King throughout the second age. The Second Age began after the banishment of Morgoth into the Void by the Lords of the West led by Eönwë the Herald of Manwë. It lasted for 3441 years, and ended with the downfall of Sauron, when he was defeated by the Last Alliance of Elves and Men following the downfall of Númenor. The age was characterized by the rise of Númenor", most notably chronicled in the Ákallabeth”, or 'the falling of a star,' which recounts the fall of Númenor and its kings, and also the rise of Gondor and Arnor., the rise of Sauron in Middle-earth (which saw the creation of the Ringwraiths), and the early wars of the Rings between Sauron and Elves. Fingil shared Gil-galad’s and Cirdan’s mistrust of the stranger Annatar, learned discovered to be Sauron in disguise.

Fingil like many great and noble elves of his day found an end to their sojourn in Middle Earth during the Last Alliance of Elves and Men against Sauron. This alliance between Gil-galad of the Elves and Elendil High King of the exiles of Númenor at the end of the Second Age, marched on Mordor, besieged Barad-dûr, and defeated Sauron. Leaving wife and newborn son behind, he followed his lord into the south against Sauron. He is noted in song as a brave captain who commanded a company of Noldorian and Nandorian bowmen during the seven year siege of Barad-dur. Ballads have been sung and tales have been written of Captain Fingil and the Rosagurtha “Rain of Death”. As was true for many families who’s loved ones followed Gil-Galad and Elendil into the lands of Mordor, the lady Emerwen never saw her husband thereafter. Fingil died on the slopes of Orodruin (Mount Doom) in the shadow of the great battle where the High Kings and the Dark Lord fell.  Cirdan the Shipwright brought back Fingil’s possessions for the son who would never know his father. Among them was the Earelen “Sea Star”, a stone of deep blue that Fingil wore on his brow. It was said to be a gift from Osse, a Maia (guardian of waters) who presented it to Fingil as a symbol of friendship when they met on the Isle of Himling.

Emerwen, distraught by the death of her beloved husband and the fall of the High King, began to yearn for the white ships and Aman as all elves do when their spirit tires of the travails of Middle Earth. In the undying lands, her grief could be assuaged and she could be comforted by those she lost afore. Knowing that there was no return from such a plan, she decided to bring Valladar to her kinsmen in Lothlorien where he could be raised by the last of the great Eldar in Middle Earth. She left Lindon and travelled the long road to Lothlorien, stopping only briefly in Imladris to speak with Elrond. Valladar was a child of three years when Emerwen made her journey and he remembers their travels through only brief and fleeting memories of ancient trees, mystic songs and pleasant voices. Arriving in Lorien, Emerwen rested for a time under the care of her three brothers Haldir, Rumil and Orophin, borderguards of Lorien. When Valladar reached the age of twenty, Emerwen tearfully took leave of her son, and took the paths back to Lindon and Mithlond “the Grey Haven”, forever forsaking Middle Earth and its troubles.  Valladar she left in the care of Orophin, her younger brother, who continued the young elf’s instruction in lore, song, and arms. He was to be prepared to serve the Lord and Lady of Lorien and all of Lothlorien as a borderguard.

In Lorien Valladar remained through the long years of the third age. His wisdom and lore increased under the careful eyes of his uncles, and unknown to him, the keen watch of the Lady of Lorien.  For one so long in years, Valladar still was viewed as youthful to those who had born the hardships of war and grief for ages. For the duration of the third age, the son of Fingil was protected and hidden from the real dangers that surrounded him. Valladar was of a gentle nature, more like his Nandorian mother, than as a fiery son of Finwe. This pleased the elves, for much pain had resulted from the passion of the sons of Feanor and their Noldor kin. Valladar spent the long years mostly in pursuit of song and stories of old. Although his uncles drove him hard in his training as a borderguard, he languished most in wandering, singing and exploring under the eaves of the golden mallorn trees that grew tall and strong under the influence of Galadriel. It was during his wanderings that Valladar first met and befriended the children of Elrond Half-elven. Elrond’s sons Elrohir and Elladan were in Lorien having escorted their sister Arwen Undomiel to the hallowed wood to live for a time with her grandmother Galadriel. Elrond had married Celebrian, the daughter of Celeborn and Galadriel. The children of Elrond spent many years in Lorien, especially Arwen who learned wisdom and grace under the mentoring of her infamous grandmother.  Valladar befriended these three, but his greatest joy was in the company of Arwen who many, including Valladar, said was the reappearance in likeness of her ancestress Lúthien, fairest of all the Elves, who was called Nightingale (Tinúviel). Valladar did not doubt this, and love of his cousin was always in his mind and heart. For they were cousins, both descended from the line of Finwe, High King of the Noldor in Valinor.

Through this acquaintance, Valladar also came to know the most famous of elves of the third age, Elrond Half-elven, son of Eärendil and Elwing, daughter of Dior the son of Beren and Lúthien. Earendil, the father of Elrond, was the son of the great Tuor and Idril daughter of Turgon who was High King of the Noldor in exile and Lord of Gondolin before it fell. Valladar’s fate became tied to the children of Earendil through these friendships. As the third age passed, the evil of Sauron grew until even the powerful daughter of Finwe struggled to protect or shield the elves of Lorien. Valladar’s life changed in 2416 TA when he received a command from his lord and lady to travel with his uncle Orophin and others of the borderguards to assist Elrond and his kinsmen in the protection Edhelion in Lindon. At that time, strange events were occurring in the west that brought concern to the Eldar. Goblins and other fell creatures had infiltrated Ered Luin and were bringing death and destruction to any in their path. Valladar was called, but he went reluctantly, for he did not desire to leave Lorien or the fair Arwen. But alas, he had no choice, so he followed his uncle into the west - back to the land of his father Fingil, back to the land of his birth. The elves found Edhelion besieged and the fighting was hot and deadly. Shock and dismay was also there when they discovered that dwarves led the attack on Edhelion and commanded the foul folk. The forces of Elrond successfully defended the besieged city and turned back the servants of the Dark Lord. As for fair Edhelion, in the end, it was abandoned and faded away as other elven places have since the coming of Melkor. Valladar served faithfully, distinguishing himself before Elrond and the other Eldar. Elrond took note of the silver-haired Noldor seeing in him a hint of Fingil his valiant father.  Valladar returned to Lorien with Orophin and the Lorien borderguards. For Valladar, his adventures in the west lingered in his mind and he felt some remorse for leaving Lindon and the Ered Luin. Valladar had experienced for the first time the call of the sea and the song of the gulls, and his heart was stirred. On his return, Haldir, Rumil and Orophin noticed the change in their nephew, understanding that for Valladar the world would be forever different.

For the next six hundred years, Valladar lived among the Green Elves of Lorien, but though he walked again under the towering mallorns, his mind wandered the coasts of fair Lindon and his heart yearned for the call of gull and the crash of the foaming sea.  Many times he would journey back to Forlindon to walk the rocky beaches, and sit facing westward reflecting on the unknown that lay beyond his far-seeing eyes. There even came a time when he braved the waters and sailed alone to the Isle of Himling where his father visited long ago. He walked the ancient paths and dreamed of his family, and many were the times his hands would stray to the Earelen on his brow as he contemplated the future.

In 3018 TA another call came to Lorien from Elrond. The west was once more in need of succor from any who would take up sword or bow. A great shadow had descended upon the north and west under which came foul creatures of darkness and hate. Elf and all good folk, were at risk.  Unlike before, Valladar did not hesitate or regret his going. The west was now firmly in his heart, and he accepted the call willingly. Taking leave of his uncles, and the Lord and Lady of Lorien, he swiftly travelled the old paths through Eriador back to the country he had come to love most. His step was firm and his hands steady as he contemplated what lay ahead. The Earelen on his brow shone brightly as if to herald the approach of one of the great Eldar of old. Valladar was determined to match the courage and deeds of his sire, a Fingil reborn to challenge the shadow and drive back the coming onslaught. A new adventure had begun!

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