Gilfanon a Tavrobel

(from the earliest Tales)

Now there happened that night to be present a guest both at their board and at their tale telling, and his name was Gilfanon“. The Book of Lost Tales Part One.

Gilfanon was one of the oldest Elves on Tol Eressëa. It was he who told Eriol the tale of the Sun and the Moon in the Cottage of Lost Play.
Gilfanon was named Gilfanon a Davrobel in the tongue of the elves of Eressea, for he came from the region of the isle where stands the Tower of Tavrobel, beside the rivers, and about it lived the Noldor still as one people, naming the places in their own tongue. Gilfanon wanted to name it the fairest of all the isle, and the Noldor kin its best folk, even if for long had he dwelt away from the Noldoli, faring with the Moriquendi in Hisilómë and Artanor, and he also become as few Elves did a great friend and companion of the Children of Men of those days. To their legends and their memories he added his own knowledge, for he had been deep-versed in many lores and tongues once in the time he stayed in Valinor, and he had experience in many ancient deeds, being indeed one of the oldest of the fair folk and the most aged that now dwelt in the isle, albeit Meril whom held the title of Lady of the Isle by reason of her blood.


Gilfanon’s story is written in the earliest tales books (The Book of Lost Tales) which means that it is considered to be from J.R.R. Tolkien’s earlier, unrevised writings, so this information can’t necessarily be considered a canon.

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