MaeglinMaeglin - The son of Eöl and Aredhel.


"...Aredhel bore to Eöl a son in the shadows of Nan Elmoth, and in her heart she gave him a name in the forbidden tongue of the Noldor, Lómion, that signifies Child of the Twilight; but his father gave him no name until he was twelve years old.  Then he called him Maeglin, which is Sharp Glance, for he perceived that the eyes of his son were more piercing than his own, and his thought could read the secrets of hearts beyond the mists of words.


"As Maeglin grew to full stature he resembled in face and form rather his kindred of the Noldor, but in mood and mind he was the son of his father.  His words were few save in matters that touched him near, and then his voice had a power to move those that heard him and to overthrow those that withstood him.  He was tall and black-haired; his eyes were dark, yet bright and keen as the eyes of the Noldor, and his skin was white.  Often he went with Eöl to the cities of the Dwarves in the east of Ered Lindon, and therre he learned eagarly what they would teach, and above all the craft of finding the ores of metals in the mountains.


"Yet it is said that Maeglin loved his mother better, and if Eöl was abroad he woud sit long beside her and listen to all that she could tell him of her kin and their deeds in Eldamar, and of the might and valour of the princes of the House of Fingolfin.  All these things he laid to heart, but most of all that which he heard of Turgon, and that he had no heir..." ~The Silmarillion, chap. 16 (Of Maeglin)


These tales created in Maeglin a desire to see Gondolin, the great city of the Noldor.  And Aredhel herself began to miss her home.  But when Maeglin suggested such a visit, his father forbade it.


"'You are of the house of Eöl, Maeglin my son,' he said, 'and not of the Golodhrim.  All this land is the land of the Teleri, and I will not deal nor have my son deal with the slayers of our kin, the invaders and usurpers of our homes.  In this you will obey me or I will set you in bonds.'" ~The Silmarillion, chap. 16 (Of Maeglin)


Yet Maeglin and Aredhel had set their hearts of traveling to Gondolin.  And so while Eöl was away, they left their home in Nan Elmoth and headed for Nevrast.


"Now Eöl returned out of the east sooner than Maeglin had foreseen, and found his wife and his son but two days gone; and so great was his anger that he followed after them even by the light of day." ~The Silmarillion, chap. 16 (Of Maeglin)


When Aredhel and Maeglin reached Gondolin, they were welcomed wholeheartedly.  Turgon was exceedingly glad to see his sister once again and immediately liked his nephew, Maeglin.


Maeglin"'I rejoice indeed that Ar-Feiniel has returned to Gondolin,' he said, 'and now more fair again shall my city seem than in the days when I deemed her lost.  And Maeglin shall have the highest honour in my realm." ~The Silmarillion, chap. 16 (Of Maeglin)


And when Eöl arrived shortly thereafter, he was brought before the king.


"Turgon treated him with honour, and rose up and would take his hand; and he said: 'Welcome, kinsman, for so I hold you.  Here you shall dwell at your pleasure, save only that you must here abide and depart not from my kingdom; for it is my law that none who finds the way hither shall depart.'  But Eöl withdrew his hand. 'I acknowledge not your law,' he said.  'No right have you or any of your kin in this land to seize realms or to set bounds, either here or there. This is the land of the Teleri, to which you bring war and all unquiet, dealing ever proudly and unjustly.  I care nothing for your secrets and I came not to spy upon you, but to claim my own; my wife and my son.'


"The Turgon sat in his high seat holding his staff of doom, and in a stern voice spoke:  'I shall not debate with you, Dark Elf.  By the swords of the Noldor are your sunless woods defended.  Your freedom to wander there wild you owe to my kin; and but for them long since you would have laboured in thraldom in the pits of Angband.  And here I am King; and whether you will it or will it not, my doom is law.


"Then Eöl looked into the eyes of King Turgon, and he was not daunted, but stood long without word or movement while a still silence fell upon the hall; and Aredhel was afraid, knowing that he was perilous.  Suddenly, swift as serpent, he seized a javelin that he held hid beneath his cloak and cast it at Maeglin, crying: 'The second choice I take and for my son also!'


Maeglin"But Aredhel sprang before the dart, and it smote her in the shoulder; and Eöl was overborne by many and set in bonds, and led away, while others tended Aredhel...But in the evening Aredhel sickened, though the wound had seemed little, and she fell into darkness, and in the night she died; for the point of the javelin was poisoned, though none knew it until too late.


"Therefore when Eöl was brought before Turgon he found no mercy; and they led him forth to the Caragdȗr, a precipice of black rock upon the north side of the hill of Gondolin, there to cast him down from the sheer walls of the city.  And Maeglin stood by and said nothing; but at the last Eöl cried out: 'So you forsake your father and his kin, ill-gotten son!  Here shall you fail at all your hopes, and here may you yet die the same death as I.'


"Then they cast Eöl over the Caragdȗr, and so he ended, and to all in Gondolin it seemed just." ~The Silmarillion, chap. 16 (Of Maeglin)


And so Maeglin lived in Gondolin and prospered...until its fall (See Fall of Gondolin).