Name: Canafinwë Makalaurë, Maglor, Cano to his family

Gender: Male

Age: Exact age unknown, but amounts to around 12,000 years, possibly more. Who knows for certain with these immortals?

Fandom: The Silmarillion



Quick Biography

The second son of Fëanor and Nerdanel, and second-greatest singer among the Eldar, outdone only by Daeron. After the Darkening of Valinor, the murder of Finwë and the theft of the Silmarils he swore a Really Stupid Oath(tm) with his father and brothers. The nature of said Oath constrained him to participate in what was later called the War of the Jewels, and a lot of awful, bloody events.
Still shell-shocked by the kinslaying of Alqualondë, Maglor witnessed the loss of his youngest brother and father, and was forced to abandon his older brother Maedhros to captivity in Angband. He ruled as High King of the Noldor in Middle-earth and until Maedhros' return and subsequent abdication to Fingon, then removed to North East Beleriand where he held the lands called Maglor's Gap between the arms of Gelion and lost them when Morgoth's armies forced their way through in the Battle of Sudden Flame.
In the Battle of Unnumbered Tears he slew the mortal traitor Ulfang whose schemes led to the devastating losses of the Union of Maedhros. Later he and his brothers fought the Elves of Doriath for the Silmaril that Beren and Lúthien had regained (which resulted in the deaths of Celegorm, Caranthir and Curufin), and later still attacked the Havens of Sirion. This attack caused the death of the remaining Ambarussa and lost them the Silmaril that Elwing cast herself into the sea with, but led to the kidnadoption of Elwing's twin sons Elrond and Elros, whose unlikely fosterfathers Maglor and Maedhros became. After nearly half a century of wandering to avoid the then-occuring War of Wrath that led to Morgoth's overthrow, Maglor reluctantly consented to another attempt at regaining the two remaining Silmarils, which were in Eönwe's keeping by that point. After the unlooked-for success, Maedhros and Maglor found that their right to the Silmarils had become void and their hands were burned by the jewels. They fled together, but Maedhros's suicide left Maglor on his own. Before he vanished, he made a song chronicling the Fall of the Noldor, the eponymous Noldolantë. He cast his Silmaril into the sea and took up wandering the shores of the world, 'singing in pain and regret beside the waves.'

A more comprehensive account of his canon life can be found here.


Of Finwean stock, which makes him tall, dark-haired and grey-eyed. However, Maglor's defining characteristic is his voice, which earned him the name Kanafinwë (strong-voiced/commanding Finwë) and epithets like the Mighty Singer and Maglor, whose voice is like the sea. After the theft of the remaining Silmarils, Maglor's right hand was scarred by the jewel.


Maglor began as a self-aware and awkward child who was unsure what to do with himself and consequently retreated from the world before he discovered his talent at music. He felt pressured to achieve something by the display of talents in his family, and took his mother-name (Makalaurë, Cleaving Gold) to mean he was destined to become a goldsmith, but could never find any joy in the practical application of skills in the forge, nor was very talented, and further daunted by this development. This also is the reason that he prefers his father-name (Canafinwë, strong-voiced, and the abbreviation, Cano, used by his family), because he could make it his own much easier than his mother-name. During his childhood Maedhros served as a constant and confidante, and the resulting closeness was life-long. He also was closer to his mother than to his father, due to similarities in temperament and artistic approach, and always sought to keep his father at a distance and elicit no closer scrutiny from him, which he feared he would not be able to withstand.

Maglor discovered music in his early teens (or the elven equivalent) and quite literally blossomed into a different person within a few years. He studied music; with this means to channel his feelings and emotions he became confident and well-adjusted, and a famed poet and bard of the Noldor, though sometimes felt frustrated by the lack of competition, which he put down not to allegedly superior skills, but to him being royalty and receiving according treatment. His resentment of high offices possibly stems from that time and was reinforced later when he had to take over his brother's office as High King.

He swore the Oath in greater part out of loyalty to his family, though the behaviour of Valar and the Darkening disappointed and scared him into action as well, and at least his hatred for Morgoth was genuine. The belief in the quest, however, was as short-lived as it took until Alqualonde and the first kinslaying, and his latter actions were all done against his own convictions to a degree (abandoning Maedhros to Angband in order to keep his family in line, the kinslayings of Doriath and the Havens, the eventual theft of the two remaining Silmarils), and it took several hundred years until he had gathered enough strength to disobey the constraints of the Oath, notably by saving Elrond and Elros. He loves them deeply and considers them his sons as much as if they were by blood, but also saw them as a means to some redemption. It hit all the harder to lose them again when he and Maedhros took the last chance at fulfilling the Oath.

His wandering years after the massive BSOD and anger caused by Maedhros's suicide were spent doing penance in form of singing the Noldolante until he knew he had passed out of Arda and into the world of Men after several Ages. From then on he became something of a vagabond and abandoned strenuous emotional responses in favour of living day to day and keeping going through the next 9,000 - 10,000 years. As a result he finds it difficult to deal with such emotions now that he has found the Mansion and his family (who are giving him many reasons for life instead of existence only), and is quickly moved to joy, grief, or anger, which may make him appear shallow, unstable and inconstant. If you want to provoke him, this is most quickly done by insulting or threatening his family. The buried-but-extant Finwean temper won't tolerate that, though his loyalty may sometimes hold him back. Other notable traits that deserve mention are the tendency to feel overwhelmed by problems he can't see an immediate solution for - and of course perseverance (see wandering for that), which some people would call pig-stubbornness. It isn't too far off the mark.

RP Canon

Any previous appearances in DF or Carpe have been retconned from Maglor's mind. It is possible that he showed up before and you are free to decide what effects he had on other puppets, but please expect convenient amnesia rather than remembrance of said occurrences on his part.

Maglor arrived on March 3rd, 2010, met all of his close family members with exception of Curufin and Feanor, as well as Aredhel (and his nieces), Galadriel (whom he seems to be nursing a long-ago crush on, as the teenage spring dance crackplot revealed — what is it with Finweans and their cousins?), Maeglin, Daeron (with whom he crossed paths a few times while wandering before), Richard DiNardo and Paulinka Erdnuss. He apparently is not very fond of mortals, if these encounters were any indication.

He is currently caring for his newly-arrived brother Maedhros (and not intending to let him go ever again) and making plans with Galadriel to fight Morgoth, reunite the Finweans and is also trying to find a way to help Maeglin due to Aredhel's request to save him from losing the will to live. Elrond's arrival made him considerably happy, and a clash with Fingon (which was originally meant to find a way to help Maedhros) that went badly awry left him with a broken nose. On top of all of that, there is some considerable fascination with the newly-arrived Amber Sweet which left him unsettled in more ways than one, and which he seems intent on pursuing even against better judgment.

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