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So you defy me to the last, ill-begotten son? Here yet you may die the same death as I!
~ Eol to Maeglin before his death

Maeglin is one of the antagonists of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. He was an Elf in the First Age of Middle-Earth, the son of Eol, who betrayed his family to the Dark Lord Morgoth.



Maeglin lived in the city of Gondolin, one of the last surviving Elvish cities of Middle-earth, in the country of Beleriand to the North. Maeglin and his mother had fled to Gondolin to escape Eol, his abusive father. When Eol entered the city and demanded his son back, his wife sought aid from her brother, King Turgon, but Eol broke through the king's defenses and killed her before being defeated and taken prisoner. The Elves of Gondolin executed Eol by throwing him off a precipice. Eol cursed Maeglin before he died, foretelling that he would die on the same rock.

Being Turgon's nephew, Maeglin became a prince of the realm and one of Turgon's chief counsellors. Nevertheless, Turgon saw that Maeglin was arrogant and power-hungry, much like his father, and so denied him access to his greatest secrets. What Turgon did not know, however, was that Maeglin desired his daughter Idril, despite the fact that they were first cousins; Idril did not return his affections, and in fact disliked him. Idril later married the human warrior Tuor, with whom she had a son, Eärendil. Maeglin was consumed with jealousy, and dreamed of killing Tuor and making Idril his bride, by force if necessary.

Orchestrating the Downfall of Gondolin

One day, Maeglin went into the mountains against his uncle's orders, and was captured by Orcs, who took him to Morgoth. The Dark Lord interrogated him for Gondolin's location and how to attack. Maeglin resisted at first, but eventually decided to betray Gondolin when Morgoth promised him riches, the crown of Gondolin, and Idril's hand in marriage. Maeglin spent the next seven years as Morgoth's spy, secretly providing him with information about the city's weaknesses.

Finally, Morgoth attacked Gondoin with an army of Orcs, Balrogs, dragons and other monsters, and Maeglin openly joined them. In the resulting battle, Gondolin was destroyed. Maeglin kidnapped Idril and tried to murder Earendil, but Tuor dueled him on the rock where Eol died and threw him from the wall. Maeglin struck the slope thrice before falling into the fire and dying on the slopes - thus fulfilling his father's curse.


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Leaders: Morgoth | Sauron (Conquest, Shadow of Mordor) | Saruman (Peter Jackson)
Nazgûl: Witch-King of Angmar | Khamûl | Helm Hammerhand | Suladan | Isildur | Nazgûl Sisters
Balrogs: Durin's Bane | Gothmog | Tar-Goroth
Dragons: Smaug | Ancalagon | Scatha | Drogoth the Dragon Lord | Glaurung
Great Spiders: Shelob | Ungoliant
Werewolves: Carcharoth
Goblins/Orcs: Gorkil the Goblin King | Great Goblin | Azog | Bolg | Brogg the Twin | Mogg the Other Twin | Yazneg | Grishnákh | Gothmog | Gorbag | Zog the Eternal | Gazmog
Uruk-hai: Ugluk | Lurtz | Shagrat | Hodhvarz
Black Númenóreans: Mouth of Sauron (Battle for Middle-Earth) | Agandaur | Black Hand of Sauron | Hammer of Sauron | Tower of Sauron
Olog-Hai: Brûz the Chopper
Men of Darkness: Ar-Pharazôn | Gríma Wormtongue | Bill Ferny | Lheu Brenin | Easterlings | Corsairs of Umbar | Dunlendings | Haradrim
Various Creatures: Barrow Wights | Trolls | Wargs | Fellbeasts | Gûlavhar | Watcher in the Water

Corrupted Elves
Fëanor | Celegorm | Caranthir | Curufin | Maeglin | Celebrimbor

Corrupted Hobbits
Gollum | Lotho Sackville-Baggins | Ted Sandyman

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