Boromir: "Is it not a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt for so small a thing? So small a thing!"
- J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring II:10

Andreth Saelind (S. "Patience Wise-heart") was a wise-woman of the house of Beor. She was the beloved of Aegnor son of Finarfin, who refused to marry her, for it was against the customs of the Eldar to marry in times of war and peril. This rendered her distraught, and disgruntled towards the Eldar, whom she perceived as arrogant and xenophobic towards men. Her mood was cooled, however, when in debate with Finrod Felagund, King of Nargothrond, his vision of the Old Hope was revealed to her, and with it hope for her people and their descendants. Tragically, Aegnor was slain in the Dagor Bragollach, and Saelind died the same year.

Herein is recorded the opening passage from her conversion with Finrod Felagund, regarding the Old Hope, for which she was renowned:

[Andreth:] "Truely you say, we Men are the Children of Iluvatar, yet how do the Noldor look upon children and upon our people? To be loved a little, and only maybe, yet creatures of less worth."
[Finrod:] "That is not how the Noldor look upon children, nor upon your people. At least, certainly for me. Truely, I say to you, we are all Children of Iluvatar."

Appearance

  • dark hair
  • grey eyes

Items

  • Andreth's Journal
  • Horn of Brethil - a large aurochs horn gifted to the House of Bëor by the Haladin
  • letter to Haleth
  • Narsil - rescued by Andreth during the flight from Dorthonion (Beleriand)
  • Noldo Shawl/wrap - a gift by Aegnor
  • red cloak
  • Staff of the Bëor - handed over to her by Aegnor
  • Stole of the Wise - a simple woollen Stole decorated with scenes from the History of the Edain, symbol of spiritual leadership and heredetary item of the House of Bëor
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