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   Erelindė was born on the shores of Valinor by the lakeshore in the forest.  One of the Firstborn, he was not known by name until a name was given to him of the gift Eru gave to him - a voice of beauty and power.  His name is not often told, though many of his works were integrated into teachings of children.

   It is known he crossed the Ice with the Noldor.  He was a warrior of the House of the Golden Flower in ancient Gondolin, dark of hair and known in all the lands around Gondolin for his clarity of voice. An accomplished hunter of honeycomb also, Erelindė perished in a last desperate battle to free the peoples of Gondolin as they exited in the Secret Way, fighting the Balrog slain by Glorfindel after Erelindė's own death upon the high rocks in the cavern. It is not spoken often of by those who dwelt there; a secret death to be known only of by Glorfindel, to whom he was beloved. Of the honey, he was told to have sought it in the high mountains around Gondolin during springtime, and for his honey, ‘tis said, many would barter to own for it made the best mķruvor. After his death, those who dared did return to those mountains to seek their treasure for similar purpose.

   Songs credited to him include the short songs of creatures such as "Busy Little Bee" or of events and places such as in "The Seedlings", or the longer collections of historical verse, the most famous being the epic "Creation", in which there were eight parts, and only five remembered in writing.

   A much less known by Men, but more beloved tale of the Awakening of the Firstborn than that of Maigon or Ecthelion is told among young and old circles as far inland as the woods of Eriador, and some of this has passed into distant lands, such as those of the Silvan people. Erelindė’s music remained, though kept only in the learning of younglings and is not sung among public circles or by rule.