An elf of the Noldor, daughter of Mahtan the smith; wife of Fëanor.

Nerdanel married Fëanor in Valinor, and was the only known female elf to have seven children. Nerdanel was called the Wise, in reference to her patient temper that some of her sons partly inherited. She eventually became estranged from her husband due to his deeds, and did not follow Fëanor and her sons into exile after the Darkening of Valinor.

History of Middle-earth based information:

- Nerdanel did not rank among the fairest in terms of appearance, and had rare red-brown hair colour that her sons Maedhros, Amrod and Amras inherited.

- Nerdanel worked with metal and stone, and her sculptures were known to be strikingly lifelike.

- Nerdanel met Fëanor on a journey. Later on, she did not follow him and her sons into exile at Formenos. After the Darkening of Valinor, she refused to accompany them to Middle-earth, and prophesied that one of her sons would not set foot in Middle-earth.
Encyclopedia entry originally written by ~nólemë~