Word of the Day: Finarfin – the youngest son of Finwë and was considered the fairest and the most wise of the Eldar. It came from Arafinwë, and is a Sindarin name.
It is the Sindarin version of Arafinwë, his father-name (the stem ara-, meaning ‘noble,’ added to his father-name), his Quenya name. His mother-name was Ingoldo.
It was rare for a High Elf such as he to have a name in Sindarin, which he did since his children had a special position among the Exiles, being related to King Thingol. He was originally called Finrod in earlier versions of the Legendarium.
He was born in Valinor, and is the youngest of Finwë (the High King of the Noldor)’s 5 children. His mother was Finwë’s second wife, Indis. His siblings are Findis, Fingolfin, and írime and he was a half-brother of Fëanor, who disapproved of Indis and thus, his father’s second marriage.
Finarfin married Eärwen, who was the daughter of Olwë (King of the Teleri). They had 4 children, Finrod, Angered, Aegnor, and Galadriel.
Since the Noldor followed Fëanor in groups, Fingolfin and Finarfin led the last host. However, they didn’t know much about the First Kinslaying, so they didn’t really participate, but after Finarfin was dismayed by the prophecy of the Doom of the Noldor, he returned to Valinor with his people. Eventually, he went to Middle-earth near the end of the First Age.