S. Curufin m. “*Skilled-Finwë”

S. Curufin, m. “*Skilled-Finwë”

5th son of Fëanor, called “the crafty” (S/60). His Sindarin name is adapted from his Quenya father-name Q. Curufinwë “*Skilled-Finwë” (MR/217, PM/343). This name is a combination of S. curu “skill” and the Sindarized form S. fin of his grandfather’s name Q. Finwë (VT41/10), also seen in the name S. Finarfin.

Conceptual Development: This character was named G. Curufin when he first appeared earliest Lost Tales, already with the sobriquet “Crafty” (LT2/241). The name N. Curufin appeared in The Etymologies from the 1930s as a combination of N. curu “cunning” and a suffixal form of ON. phinya “skillful” (Ety/KUR, PHIN). The derivation from his Quenya name did not emerge until after Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s (MR/217).

References ✧ MRI; PM/352; PMI; SI; UTI; VT41/10; WJI



curu “skill (of the hand), craft; power, ability” ✧ VT41/10
fin “Finwë” ✧ VT41/10


N. Curufin m. “Crafty”

See S. Curufin for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/KUR, PHIN; LRI; SMI



curu “cunning” ✧ Ety/KUR
ON. phinya “skillful” suffix ✧ Ety/PHIN (-phini)
ᴹ√PHIN “nimbleness, skill” ✧ Ety/KUR
ᴹ√KUR “craft” ✧ Ety/PHIN

ᴱN. Curufin m.

Reference ✧ LBI/Curufin

G. Curufin m. “Crafty”

References ✧ LT2A/Curufin; LT2I



curu “magic” ✧ LT1A/Tolli Kuruvar