Ingwë was the King of the Vanyar, and High King of all the Quendi - whether in Aman or Middle-earth. He was held first among all the Eldar.

He was born by the waters of Cuiviénen, at the Awakening of the Elves, and he later led the First Kindred of the Eldar on the Great Journey to the West. He was the first of all the Quendi to set foot on the shores of Aman.

There he dwelt in Tirion, and later in the halls of Manwë and Varda. He returned only once to Middle-earth - when he led the Host of the Vanyar to the Great Battle which overthrew Morgoth.
Encyclopedia entry originally written by atalante_star