You want the Symbol… but who is Celebrimbor?

So you have all coveted those rare (soon to be less so) symbols of Celebrimbor right? But have you ever wondered who he was?

Celembrimbor was an elf of the Noldor, whose heritage stretches back to the first age of the world. He was born in Valinor, the land of the Valar to the uttermost West of the world. He was born into great heritage, but also a great doom, as his father was Curufin. Curufin was the fifth son of Feanor, who later made the Simarils, and through the deceits of Morgoth lost them to Him, and led the Noldor through misery and turmoil back to Beleriand, and set them on an accursed quest to recover the lost Silmarils. His father, with others of his brothers behaved shamefully in many respects with regard to forcefully upholding their oath to Feanor, especially with regard to Beren, Luthien and Finrod Felagund, which meant that they were shunned by many of the other Eldar, and thus their oaths to Feanor, ensured the curse of Mandos was upheld:

“Tears unnumbered ye shall shed; and the Valar will fence Valinor against you, and shut you out, so that not even the echo of your lamentation shall pass over the mountains. On the House of Fëanor the wrath of the Valar lieth from the West unto the uttermost East, and upon all that will follow them it shall be laid also. Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue. To evil end shall all things turn that they begin well; and by treason of kin unto kin, and the fear of treason, shall this come to pass. The Dispossessed shall they be for ever”

Celebrimbor seems to have escaped this doom to a larger extent, perhaps due to his rejection of his fathers deeds, and his refusal to follow them when they were expelled from Nargothrond. However, when the first age was ended and Morgoth overthrown, he did not return to Valinor, though whether this was through choice, or the Curse is uncertain, and he passed over the mountains to dwell in Eriador.

He dwelt for a time in Eregion, and thus learnt much of Ring law from Sauron, is his guise as Annatar. Celebrimbor made the 19 rings as told in the famous rhyme by Gandalf to Frodo. The Seven Rings of the Dwarf lords, the Nine for Mortal men, and the Three of the Elves were all his works. These latter three he created secretly, and thus kept them free of the malign influences of Sauron.

When Sauron then forged the one ring and declared himself as lord of Middle Earth Celembrimbor and the Elves of Eregion refused to surrender the rings to him, and thus Sauron attacked Eregion laying waste to it, and leaving it in the state you now find it in LOTRO. In the destruction Celebrimbor was captured by Saurons forces. Under torture he was forced to reveal the whereabouts of the Seven and the Nine, but would not reveal the Three, before dying of his torment, the last descendant of the House of Feanor.

His Sindarin name: Celebrimbor apparently means ‘Silver-fist’ or ‘hand of silver’, from Celeb: Silver and presumably some for of drambor/paur: hand/clenched fist, which I am assuming relates in some way to his craftsmanship. So there he is, if you are ever lucky enough to see one of these drop, or are bartering your marks for one in a few months time, spare a thought for the last of the elf princes of the line of Feanor!

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Posted on August 12, 2010, in Crafting, Lore. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Richard Stanley

    Nice article! It’s funny how Celebrimbor is so common in the game because of the symbols but it really is an interesting part of ME history – this article redresses the lore balance a little. On a separate note, I enjoy stories about the kin of Finwe. Feanor and his sons are anti-heroes but I can’t help but admire them. Fingolfin and Finrod Felagund his half brothers are much more noble. The final defeat of Fingolfin by Morgoth and also the sacrifice of Felagund when captured by Sauron are two of my favourite first age ‘noble Noldor’ moments. Still, Feanor is a bit of an anti-hero who I can’t help but like.
    As a side note I recall vaguely that Celebrimbor admired Galadriel romantically in early versions of the writings.
    I wonder what the descendants of the first age dwellers of Nogrod and Belegost think of Thingol? 😀

    • Cheers Rich, Its a little simplified, but people would be asleep if I got my proper nerd hat on! 😀 I had been thinking of picking some of the names mentioned in game and writing a little about them, so glad you liked it.

      But one thing!… You be carefull not to mix up us Dwarves of Gabilgathol (or Belegost as you men seem to keep calling it!) with them Nogrod lot! Our Grandfolks warned ’em not to go messin’ but they wouldn’t listen!

      Feanor I couldn’t like, but I always had sympathy for Maedhros, and no not just ‘cos of the dwarven link, but at least he tried to DO something, not just manipulate like Curufin and Celegorm!

  2. Superb summary. Thanks. 🙂

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