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Tinúviel, a princess of Nargothrond, was the beloved of Bëor and mother of Adanedhel.

When the elves of Nargothrond could no longer bear the siege of Dagor Aglareb, Tinúviel, most fair of the daughters of the King, was chosen to bear an olive branch to Bëor.

Bëor, smitten by the beauty of Tinúviel, fell instantly in love with her and denied the olive branch in favor of her company for one day. Having been charged with making peace with Bëor and his men, Tinúviel had no choice but to accept.

Tinúviel, though, was also smitten by Bëor. He had an aura of valor and honor unlike any being she had ever seen, so that agreeing to accompany Bëor for one day was no large sacrifice.

In that day Tinúviel sang and danced before Bëor and he was utterly enchanted. He went to his knees before her and begged that she allow him to remain in her presence forever.

Tinúviel, her heart moved by Bëor’s romance, agreed. She wove a spell around him to disguise him as an elf and led him into Nargothrond where Bëor dwelt with Tinúviel undiscovered until his final day.

Tinúviel is credited with the Second Act of the Cillaquendi, known as the Sacrifice of Tinúviel, when she, having just given birth to Adanedhel, gave her life to save the life of Bëor.


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