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| pronun=([[Sindarin|S]], {{IPA|[ˌkɛlɛˈbrɪmbɔr]}})
| othernames=''[[Telperinquar]]'' ([[Quenya|Q]], [[Father-name|fn]])
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| othernames=''Telperinquar'' ([[Quenya|Q]], [[Father-name|fn]])
| titles=Lord of Eregion
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| location=[[Tirion]], [[Nargothrond]], [[Gondolin]], [[Eregion]]
 
| affiliation=[[Gwaith-i-Mírdain]]
 
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| notablefor=Creating the [[Rings of Power]]
 
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{{Quote|In [[Eregion]] the craftsmen of the [[Gwaith-i-Mírdain]], the People of the Jewel-smiths, surpassed in cunning all that have ever wrought, save only [[Fëanor]] himself; and indeed greatest in skill among them was Celebrimbor, son of [[Curufin]] [...]|''[[The Silmarillion]]'', "[[Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age]]"}}
'''Celebrimbor''' ([[Sindarin|S]], pron. {{IPA|[ˌkɛlɛˈbrɪmbɔr]}}) was the son of [[Curufin]],<ref name=PMXnotes>{{PM|XNotes}}</ref>{{rp|318}} fifth son of [[Fëanor]]. Aside from his grandfather, Celebrimbor was the greatest craftsman in the history of [[Middle-earth]], and his forging of the [[Rings of Power]] led to the dominion and eventual downfall of [[Sauron]] in the [[War of the Ring]].
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'''Celebrimbor''' was the son of [[Curufin]],<ref name=PMXnotes>{{PM|XNotes}}</ref> fifth son of [[Fëanor]]. Aside from his grandfather, Celebrimbor was the greatest craftsman in the history of [[Middle-earth]], and his forging of the [[Rings of Power]] led to the dominion and eventual downfall of [[Sauron]] in the [[War of the Ring]].
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
=== Early life ===
 
=== Early life ===
[[Image:Marya Filatova - Celebrimbor.jpg|thumb|left|Marya Filatova - ''Celebrimbor'']]
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[[Image:Jenny Dolfen - Celebrimbor.jpg|thumb|left|''Celebrimbor'' by [[Jenny Dolfen]]]]
The early years of Celebrimbor are not known, nor whether he was born in [[Valinor]] (and followed his grandfather into [[Oath of Fëanor|exile]]) or in [[Middle-earth]].<ref>{{webcite|author=Mark Fisher|articleurl=http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/c/celebrimbor.html|articlename=Celebrimbor|dated=11 August 2002|website=[[Encyclopedia of Arda]]}}</ref>. His mother is unnamed.<ref name=PMXnotes/>{{rp|318}}
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The early years of Celebrimbor are not known, but he was born in [[Valinor]] and followed his father and grandfather into the [[Exile of the Noldor]] in [[Middle-earth]]. His mother stayed behind.<ref name=PMXnotes/>
  
 
He probably fled to [[Nargothrond]] after the [[Dagor Bragollach]]. However, he took no part in the deeds of Curufin and [[Celegorm]] regarding [[Lúthien]], [[Beren]], and [[Finrod]]. He even repudiated his father's deeds and did not follow him when the two brothers were cast out from Nargothrond by [[Orodreth]].  
 
He probably fled to [[Nargothrond]] after the [[Dagor Bragollach]]. However, he took no part in the deeds of Curufin and [[Celegorm]] regarding [[Lúthien]], [[Beren]], and [[Finrod]]. He even repudiated his father's deeds and did not follow him when the two brothers were cast out from Nargothrond by [[Orodreth]].  
  
After the [[sack of Nargothrond]], Celebrimbor lived for a time in [[Gondolin]], where he was a great jewel smith for King [[Turgon]]. He may have created the [[Elessar of Eärendil]], though other accounts name [[Enerdhil]] as the Master Jewelsmith and creator of the [[Elfstone]], who perhaps taught Celebrimbor this art.<ref name="CG">{{UT|6}}</ref>
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After the [[Sack of Nargothrond]], Celebrimbor lived for a time in [[Gondolin]], where he was a great jewel smith for King [[Turgon]]. He may have created the [[Elessar of Eärendil]], though other accounts name [[Enerdhil]] as the Master Jewelsmith and creator of the [[Elfstone]], who perhaps taught Celebrimbor this art.<ref name="CG">{{UT|6}}</ref> He survived the [[Fall of Gondolin]].
  
 
A legend says that during the Second Age Celebrimbor was in love with [[Galadriel]] who was pained at the state of [[Middle-earth]]. Celebrimbor remade another version of the Elessar at her behest, with less power than the original.<ref name="CG"/>
 
A legend says that during the Second Age Celebrimbor was in love with [[Galadriel]] who was pained at the state of [[Middle-earth]]. Celebrimbor remade another version of the Elessar at her behest, with less power than the original.<ref name="CG"/>
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During the Second Age, he was lord of the elves of [[Ost-in-Edhil]] in [[Eregion]]. He was also the head of the [[Gwaith-i-Mírdain]], a guild of elven craftsmen. Their skill was so renowned that they gained the admiration and friendship of the [[Dwarves]] of [[Moria|Khazad-dûm]]. Together with the dwarf [[Narvi]], Celebrimbor crafted the [[Doors of Durin]] that guarded the West-gate of the Dwarven kingdom.<ref>{{FR|Journey}}</ref>
 
During the Second Age, he was lord of the elves of [[Ost-in-Edhil]] in [[Eregion]]. He was also the head of the [[Gwaith-i-Mírdain]], a guild of elven craftsmen. Their skill was so renowned that they gained the admiration and friendship of the [[Dwarves]] of [[Moria|Khazad-dûm]]. Together with the dwarf [[Narvi]], Celebrimbor crafted the [[Doors of Durin]] that guarded the West-gate of the Dwarven kingdom.<ref>{{FR|Journey}}</ref>
  
=== The Rings of Power ===
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=== Rings of Power ===
Around {{SA|1200}}<ref name=AppB1/> a [[Maia]] craftsman called [[Annatar]] (the "Lord of Gifts") arrived at Ost-in-Edhil as an emissary of the [[Valar]], offering his knowledge to the Gwaith-i-Mírdain. This was [[Sauron]], who had come to subvert the elves.  
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[[File:Soni Alcorn-Hender - Annatar and Celebrimbor.jpg|thumb|''Annatar and Celebrimbor'' by Soni Alcorn-Hender]]
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At around {{SA|1200}}<ref name=AppB1/> [[Sauron]], calling himself [[Annatar]] (the "Lord of Gifts") and claiming to be an emissary of the [[Valar]], arrived in Ost-in-Edhil, and offered his knowledge to the Gwaith-i-Mírdain.
  
Under the guidance and instruction of Annatar, Celebrimbor and the Gwaith-i-Mírdain made several [[Lesser rings|lesser]] and 16 more powerful rings. A legend says that Celebrimbor gave [[Ring of Thrór|one of those rings]] to [[Kings of Durin's Folk|King]] [[Durin III]] who reigned in [[Moria|Khazad-dûm]]<ref>{{S|Rings}}</ref>
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Under the guidance and instruction of Annatar, Celebrimbor and the Gwaith-i-Mírdain made several [[Lesser rings|lesser rings]] of power. A legend says that Celebrimbor gave [[Ring of Thrór|one of those rings]] to [[Kings of Durin's Folk|King]] [[Durin III]] who reigned in [[Moria|Khazad-dûm]]<ref>{{S|Rings}}</ref>
  
Based on knowledge gained from Annatar, Celebrimbor also created by himself [[Three Rings]], the greatest and fairest of the Rings of Power. These rings were thus free of Sauron's corrupting influence, for only Celebrimbor himself touched them. Celebrimbor named the rings [[Vilya]], [[Narya]], and [[Nenya]] after the principal Middle-earth elements of air, fire, and water, respectively.
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Using the knowledge gained from Annatar, Celebrimbor also created [[Three Rings]] by himself, the greatest and fairest of the Rings of Power. These rings were thus free of Sauron's corrupting influence, for only Celebrimbor himself touched them. Celebrimbor named the rings [[Vilya]], [[Narya]], and [[Nenya]] after the principal elements of air, fire, and water, respectively. Vilya and Narya were sent by Celebrimbor to [[Gil-galad]] and [[Círdan]], respectively, in [[Lindon]], and Nenya to [[Galadriel]] in [[Lothlórien]].
  
Around {{SA|1600}}, Sauron secretly forged [[the One Ring]] in [[Orodruin]], which would enable him to rule Middle-earth by claiming dominance over all the Rings of Power and their bearers. Celebrimbor and the Elves felt betrayed when they wore the Rings and defied Sauron by withholding the other rings from him. Celebrimbor then sent the three rings away for safekeeping: Vilya and Narya to [[Gil-galad]] in [[Lindon]], and Nenya to [[Galadriel]] in [[Lothlórien]]. He then prepared for [[War of the Elves and Sauron|war]].
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Around {{SA|1600}}, Sauron secretly forged [[the One Ring]] in [[Orodruin]], which would enable him to rule Middle-earth by claiming dominance over all the Rings of Power and their bearers. However, when Sauron put on the One Ring with the intention of dominating the wills of those wearing the lesser rings, the elves who bore the Three instantly became aware of Sauron's deceit and his plan. He then prepared for [[War of the Elves and Sauron|war]].
  
 
===Fight against Sauron and death===
 
===Fight against Sauron and death===
 
Sauron retaliated by attacking Eregion in {{SA|1695}}, laying waste to the realm. Celebrimbor was captured in the [[Sack of Eregion]], and was forced under torture to disclose where the sixteen were held, but he would not reveal the whereabouts of the three elvish rings.  Sauron captured the other rings and used them as instruments of evil in later years, particularly against Men.  
 
Sauron retaliated by attacking Eregion in {{SA|1695}}, laying waste to the realm. Celebrimbor was captured in the [[Sack of Eregion]], and was forced under torture to disclose where the sixteen were held, but he would not reveal the whereabouts of the three elvish rings.  Sauron captured the other rings and used them as instruments of evil in later years, particularly against Men.  
[[File:Abe Papakhian - Death of Celebrimbor.jpg|thumb|Abe Papakhian - ''Death of Celebrimbor'']]
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[[File:Abe Papakhian - The Death of Celebrimbor.jpg|thumb|''Death of Celebrimbor'' by [[:Category:Images by Abe Papakhian|Abe Papakhian]]]]
Celebrimbor died from his torment in {{SA|1697}},<ref name=AppB1>{{App|B1}}</ref> the last direct descendant of the line of Fëanor. His body, shot with arrows, was hung upon a pole and carried by the forces of Sauron as a banner as they assaulted the Elves.<ref>{{UT|Concerning}}</ref>
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Celebrimbor died from his torment in {{SA|1697}},<ref name=AppB1>{{App|B1}}</ref> the last direct descendant of the line of Fëanor, with the possible exception of [[Maglor]]. His body, shot with arrows, was hung upon a pole and carried by the forces of Sauron as a banner as they assaulted the Elves.<ref>{{UT|Concerning}}</ref>
 
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== Etymology ==
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The name '''''Celebrimbor''''' is the [[Sindarin]] translation of his [[Quenya]] father-name '''[[Telperinquar]]''' (pron. {{IPA|[ˌtelpeˈriŋʷkʷar]}}). His [[Amilessë|mother-name]] is unknown. ''Celebrimbor'' consists of ''[[celeb|celebrin]]'' ("silver-like") + ''[[paur|baur]]'' ("fist").<ref name=PE17>{{PE|17}}, p. 42</ref>
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== Other versions of the legendarium ==
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In ''The Silmarillion'', Celebrimbor's origin is the son of Curufin who remained in Nargothrond when his father was expelled.<ref>{{S|Index}}</ref>
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In ''The Peoples of Middle-earth'', there are several notes on Celebrimbor for his oft revised background.  One includes that he was a Sinda and descendant of Daeron of Doriath who continued to use his runic script in Eregion.<ref>{{PM|X}}</ref>{{rp|297}} Later, he was described as a Noldo survivor of Gondolin, who had been one of Turgon's greatest artificers.  He was prideful and had an almost 'dwarvish' obsession with crafts.<ref name=PMXnotes/>{{rp|317}}  However, in a note Tolkien put next to a passage in the ''Unfinished Tales'' that described Celebrimbor as a jewel-smith of Gondolin, he wrote, "it would be better 'to make him a descendant of Fëanor'."<ref name=PMXnotes/>{{rp|317}} Another note regarding Celebrimbor, which includes information on the wives and children of Fëanor's sons states that, "Curufin, dearest to his father and chief inheritor of his father's skills, was wedded, and had a son who came with him into exile, though his wife (unnamed) did not."<ref name=PMXnotes/>{{rp|318}} 
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== Renowned works ==
 
== Renowned works ==
 
* The [[Elessar of Eärendil]]
 
* The [[Elessar of Eärendil]]
 
* [[Doors of Durin]] (with [[Narvi]])
 
* [[Doors of Durin]] (with [[Narvi]])
* The [[Rings of Power]]
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* The [[Rings of Power]]:
 
** The [[Nine Rings]] of Men (with [[Annatar]])
 
** The [[Nine Rings]] of Men (with [[Annatar]])
 
** The [[Seven Rings]] of the Dwarves (with [[Annatar]])
 
** The [[Seven Rings]] of the Dwarves (with [[Annatar]])
 
** The [[Three Rings]] of the Elves
 
** The [[Three Rings]] of the Elves
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== Etymology ==
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{{Pronounce|Celebrimbor.mp3|Ardamir}}
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''Celebrimbor'' is [[Sindarin]] for "Silver-fist", from ''[[celeb|celebrin]]'' ("silver-like") + ''[[paur]]'' ("fist"). The [[Quenya]] equivalent was '''''Telpinquar''''', or '''''Telperinquar'''''.<ref name=PE17>{{PE|17}}, p. 42</ref>
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In the versions (described [[#Other versions of the legendarium|below]]) in which he has a Telerin origin, is stated that ''Celebrimbor'' is the [[Sindarized]] form of '''''Telperimpar''''', with the Quenya form '''''Tyelpinquar'''''.<ref>{{PM|XNotes}}, p. 318</ref>
  
 
== Genealogy ==
 
== Genealogy ==
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== Portrayal in adaptations ==
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== Other versions of the legendarium ==
'''2014: ''[[Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor]]'''''
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Celebrimbor was invented for the back-story of the ''Lord of the Rings'' with no background in the [[Lord of the Rings (first edition)|first edition]] (before [[1966]]); afterwards Tolkien attempted to write a background to link him with the [[Elder Days]]: in [[The History of Galadriel and Celeborn|a passage concerning Galadriel and Celeborn]] he was described as a Noldo survivor of Gondolin, who had been one of Turgon's greatest artificers. He was prideful and had an almost "dwarvish" obsession with crafts, survived the Fall and later became a follower of Celeborn and Galadriel. However, in a note Tolkien put next to the text, he wrote, "it would be better 'to make him a descendant of Fëanor'."
:Celebrimbor plays a major role in the video game, serving as a [[wraith]] who is bound to an [[Undead|undead]] [[Gondorians|Gondorian]] [[Rangers of Ithilien|Ranger]], Talion, by the will of [[Sauron]]. He is voiced by [[Alister Duncan]]. He is also the main protagonist of the ''Bright Lord'' expansion, where he is revealed to have stolen the One Ring from Sauron at some point in the Second Age, and intended to use it to turn the Dark Lord's own weapons against him. However, he is corrupted by the power of the Ring and doomed to never see the Undying Lands. Though he defeats Sauron in battle, Sauron still managed to reclaim the Ring and banish Celebrimbor's spirit to an eternity as a wraith in the Unseen world.
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== See also ==
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Thus, an appropriate line is added in the [[Appendix B]] of the second edition. Tolkien then proceeded to decide which of Fëanor's sons would result to Celebrimbor; a note describes their wives and children, stating that, [[Maglor|Maglor]], [[Caranthir]] and Curufin were wedded, concluding that "Curufin, dearest to his father and chief inheritor of his father's skills, [...] had a son who came with him into exile, though his wife (unnamed) did not."<ref name=PMXnotes/> [[Christopher Tolkien]] used this note as a basis for ''The Silmarillion'', where Celebrimbor is the son of Curufin who remained in Nargothrond when his father was expelled.<ref>{{S|Index}}</ref>
* [[:Category:Images of Celebrimbor|Images of Celebrimbor]].
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However, apparently forgetting the published statement, Tolkien explored other ideas; in [[Vinyar Tengwar 47|an essay]] dated [[1968]] Celebrimbor is referred as a [[Falmari|Telerin]] silver-smith who followed Celeborn to Middle-earth, and ended up to Eregion being fascinated by the silver-like [[mithril]].<ref name=PMXnotes/> In "[[Of Dwarves and Men]]" ([[1969]] or later) he mentions that he was a [[Sinda]] and descendant of [[Daeron]] of [[Doriath]] who continued to use his [[Cirth|runic script]] in Eregion.<ref>{{PM|X}}</ref>{{rp|297}}<ref name=PMXnotes/>
  
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== Portrayal in adaptations ==
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'''2014: ''[[Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor]]'''''[[File:Shadow of Mordor - Celebrimbor.jpg|thumb|right|Celebrimbor as portrayed in ''[[Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor]]'']]
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:Celebrimbor plays a major role in the video game, serving as a [[wraith]] who is bound to an [[Undead|undead]] [[Gondorians|Gondorian]] [[Rangers of Ithilien|Ranger]], [[Talion]], by the will of [[Sauron]]. He is voiced by [[Alister Duncan]]. He is also the main protagonist of the ''Bright Lord'' expansion, where he is revealed to have stolen the One Ring from Sauron at some point in the Second Age, and intended to use it to turn the Dark Lord's own weapons against him. However, he is corrupted by the power of the Ring and doomed to never see the Undying Lands. Though he defeats Sauron in battle, Sauron still managed to reclaim the Ring and banish Celebrimbor's spirit to an eternity as a wraith in the Unseen world. Bound to Talion, Celebrimbor grants him Elven powers to help him seek revenge for the death of his wife and son.
  
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'''2017: ''[[Middle-earth: Shadow of War]]'''
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:Celebrimbor uses [[Talion]] to create a new ring of power so they can dominate the orc forces of [[Sauron]]'s army to create one in their own service. With their army amassed they travel Sauron's Road to destroy the Dark Lord. On their way, Talion comes up against the [[Nazgûl]] [[Isildur]] and decides to free Isildur from life as a servant to Sauron. Celebrimbor, angry that Talion vanquished Isildur rather than adding his power to their army, reveals that he intends to replace Sauron instead of destroying him. Talion refuses to help him in his quest for power, so Celebrimbor removes the new ring from him. With their bond lost, Talion begins to bleed profusely and die. Celebrimbor convinces Eltariel, an Elven assassin of [[Galadriel]], to wield the new ring and continue on to defeat Sauron. During their battle, Sauron is able to overpower them and cut Eltariel's fingers off along with the new ring. Sauron then absorbs Celebrimbor and together they become the flaming Eye of Sauron atop [[Barad-dûr]].
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Celebrimbor
Noldo
Angus McBride - Celebrimbor.gif
"Celebrimbor" by Angus McBride
Biographical Information
Pronunciation(S, [ˌkɛlɛˈbrɪmbɔr])
Other namesTelperinquar (Q, fn)
TitlesLord of Eregion
LocationTirion, Nargothrond, Gondolin, Eregion
AffiliationGwaith-i-Mírdain
LanguageQuenya and Sindarin
BirthBefore Y.T. 1495[1]
Tirion
RuleS.A. 750 - S.A. 1697 (ruled 947 years)
DeathS.A. 1697 (aged 2334+)
Ost-in-Edhil, War of the Elves and Sauron
Notable forCreating the Rings of Power
Family
HouseHouse of Fëanor
ParentageCurufin
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Celebrimbor
"In Eregion the craftsmen of the Gwaith-i-Mírdain, the People of the Jewel-smiths, surpassed in cunning all that have ever wrought, save only Fëanor himself; and indeed greatest in skill among them was Celebrimbor, son of Curufin [...]"
The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"

Celebrimbor was the son of Curufin,[1] fifth son of Fëanor. Aside from his grandfather, Celebrimbor was the greatest craftsman in the history of Middle-earth, and his forging of the Rings of Power led to the dominion and eventual downfall of Sauron in the War of the Ring.

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[edit] History

[edit] Early life

Celebrimbor by Jenny Dolfen

The early years of Celebrimbor are not known, but he was born in Valinor and followed his father and grandfather into the Exile of the Noldor in Middle-earth. His mother stayed behind.[1]

He probably fled to Nargothrond after the Dagor Bragollach. However, he took no part in the deeds of Curufin and Celegorm regarding Lúthien, Beren, and Finrod. He even repudiated his father's deeds and did not follow him when the two brothers were cast out from Nargothrond by Orodreth.

After the Sack of Nargothrond, Celebrimbor lived for a time in Gondolin, where he was a great jewel smith for King Turgon. He may have created the Elessar of Eärendil, though other accounts name Enerdhil as the Master Jewelsmith and creator of the Elfstone, who perhaps taught Celebrimbor this art.[2] He survived the Fall of Gondolin.

A legend says that during the Second Age Celebrimbor was in love with Galadriel who was pained at the state of Middle-earth. Celebrimbor remade another version of the Elessar at her behest, with less power than the original.[2]

During the Second Age, he was lord of the elves of Ost-in-Edhil in Eregion. He was also the head of the Gwaith-i-Mírdain, a guild of elven craftsmen. Their skill was so renowned that they gained the admiration and friendship of the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm. Together with the dwarf Narvi, Celebrimbor crafted the Doors of Durin that guarded the West-gate of the Dwarven kingdom.[3]

[edit] Rings of Power

Annatar and Celebrimbor by Soni Alcorn-Hender

At around S.A. 1200[4] Sauron, calling himself Annatar (the "Lord of Gifts") and claiming to be an emissary of the Valar, arrived in Ost-in-Edhil, and offered his knowledge to the Gwaith-i-Mírdain.

Under the guidance and instruction of Annatar, Celebrimbor and the Gwaith-i-Mírdain made several lesser rings of power. A legend says that Celebrimbor gave one of those rings to King Durin III who reigned in Khazad-dûm[5]

Using the knowledge gained from Annatar, Celebrimbor also created Three Rings by himself, the greatest and fairest of the Rings of Power. These rings were thus free of Sauron's corrupting influence, for only Celebrimbor himself touched them. Celebrimbor named the rings Vilya, Narya, and Nenya after the principal elements of air, fire, and water, respectively. Vilya and Narya were sent by Celebrimbor to Gil-galad and Círdan, respectively, in Lindon, and Nenya to Galadriel in Lothlórien.

Around S.A. 1600, Sauron secretly forged the One Ring in Orodruin, which would enable him to rule Middle-earth by claiming dominance over all the Rings of Power and their bearers. However, when Sauron put on the One Ring with the intention of dominating the wills of those wearing the lesser rings, the elves who bore the Three instantly became aware of Sauron's deceit and his plan. He then prepared for war.

[edit] Fight against Sauron and death

Sauron retaliated by attacking Eregion in S.A. 1695, laying waste to the realm. Celebrimbor was captured in the Sack of Eregion, and was forced under torture to disclose where the sixteen were held, but he would not reveal the whereabouts of the three elvish rings. Sauron captured the other rings and used them as instruments of evil in later years, particularly against Men.

Death of Celebrimbor by Abe Papakhian

Celebrimbor died from his torment in S.A. 1697,[4] the last direct descendant of the line of Fëanor, with the possible exception of Maglor. His body, shot with arrows, was hung upon a pole and carried by the forces of Sauron as a banner as they assaulted the Elves.[6]

[edit] Renowned works

[edit] Etymology

Celebrimbor is Sindarin for "Silver-fist", from celebrin ("silver-like") + paur ("fist"). The Quenya equivalent was Telpinquar, or Telperinquar.[7]

In the versions (described below) in which he has a Telerin origin, is stated that Celebrimbor is the Sindarized form of Telperimpar, with the Quenya form Tyelpinquar.[8]

[edit] Genealogy

Mahtan
b. Y.T.
 
Míriel
d. Y.T. 1170
 
Finwë
d. Y.T. 1495
 
Indis
b. Y.T.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nerdanel
b. Y.T.
 
 
 
Fëanor
Y.T. 1169 - 1497
 
Findis
b. Y.T.
 
Fingolfin
Y.T. 1190 - F.A. 456
 
Írimë
b. Y.T.
 
Finarfin
b. Y.T. 1230
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maedhros
d. F.A. 587
 
Maglor
b. Y.T.
 
Celegorm
d. F.A. 506
 
Caranthir
d. F.A. 506
 
Curufin
d. F.A. 506
 
Amrod
d. F.A. 538
 
Amras
d. F.A. 538
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CELEBRIMBOR
d. S.A. 1697
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

Celebrimbor was invented for the back-story of the Lord of the Rings with no background in the first edition (before 1966); afterwards Tolkien attempted to write a background to link him with the Elder Days: in a passage concerning Galadriel and Celeborn he was described as a Noldo survivor of Gondolin, who had been one of Turgon's greatest artificers. He was prideful and had an almost "dwarvish" obsession with crafts, survived the Fall and later became a follower of Celeborn and Galadriel. However, in a note Tolkien put next to the text, he wrote, "it would be better 'to make him a descendant of Fëanor'."

Thus, an appropriate line is added in the Appendix B of the second edition. Tolkien then proceeded to decide which of Fëanor's sons would result to Celebrimbor; a note describes their wives and children, stating that, Maglor, Caranthir and Curufin were wedded, concluding that "Curufin, dearest to his father and chief inheritor of his father's skills, [...] had a son who came with him into exile, though his wife (unnamed) did not."[1] Christopher Tolkien used this note as a basis for The Silmarillion, where Celebrimbor is the son of Curufin who remained in Nargothrond when his father was expelled.[9]

However, apparently forgetting the published statement, Tolkien explored other ideas; in an essay dated 1968 Celebrimbor is referred as a Telerin silver-smith who followed Celeborn to Middle-earth, and ended up to Eregion being fascinated by the silver-like mithril.[1] In "Of Dwarves and Men" (1969 or later) he mentions that he was a Sinda and descendant of Daeron of Doriath who continued to use his runic script in Eregion.[10]:297[1]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2014: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Celebrimbor as portrayed in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Celebrimbor plays a major role in the video game, serving as a wraith who is bound to an undead Gondorian Ranger, Talion, by the will of Sauron. He is voiced by Alister Duncan. He is also the main protagonist of the Bright Lord expansion, where he is revealed to have stolen the One Ring from Sauron at some point in the Second Age, and intended to use it to turn the Dark Lord's own weapons against him. However, he is corrupted by the power of the Ring and doomed to never see the Undying Lands. Though he defeats Sauron in battle, Sauron still managed to reclaim the Ring and banish Celebrimbor's spirit to an eternity as a wraith in the Unseen world. Bound to Talion, Celebrimbor grants him Elven powers to help him seek revenge for the death of his wife and son.

2017: Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Celebrimbor uses Talion to create a new ring of power so they can dominate the orc forces of Sauron's army to create one in their own service. With their army amassed they travel Sauron's Road to destroy the Dark Lord. On their way, Talion comes up against the Nazgûl Isildur and decides to free Isildur from life as a servant to Sauron. Celebrimbor, angry that Talion vanquished Isildur rather than adding his power to their army, reveals that he intends to replace Sauron instead of destroying him. Talion refuses to help him in his quest for power, so Celebrimbor removes the new ring from him. With their bond lost, Talion begins to bleed profusely and die. Celebrimbor convinces Eltariel, an Elven assassin of Galadriel, to wield the new ring and continue on to defeat Sauron. During their battle, Sauron is able to overpower them and cut Eltariel's fingers off along with the new ring. Sauron then absorbs Celebrimbor and together they become the flaming Eye of Sauron atop Barad-dûr.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "X. Of Dwarves and Men", "Notes"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark"
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Concerning Galadriel and Celeborn"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 42
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "X. Of Dwarves and Men", "Notes", p. 318
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men"