Vagrancy, The Inheritance of Men
Master of Imladris, The Returned, The Golden Flower
“Glorfindel was tall and straight; his hair was of shining gold, his face fair and young and fearless and full of joy; his eyes were bright and keen, and his voice like music; on his brow sat wisdom, and in his hand was strength.” – The Fellowship of the Ring
Glorfindel of the House of Finarfin first came to the shores of Beleriand with the host of Turgon, a friend whom he loved dearly. After the city of Gondolin was founded, Glorfindel was made chief of the House of the Golden Flower. During the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, he commanded the rear-guard of Turgon’s Army in their retreat from the rout. In the Fall of Gondolin, he together with Tuor son of Huor, and Ecthelion of the Fountain made the armies of Morgoth pay dearly for their invasion of the city, slaying countless numbers of the enemy. In the escape through the secret path of the city, he confronted a fell balrog of Morgoth in single combat, saving the rest of the refugees. He smote the beast a mortal wound but was himself slain when the Balrog dragged him down to join his ruin. His broken body was buried in a mound of stones that ever after sprouted golden flowers until Beleriand was lost under the sea.
His valiant spirit returned west to the Halls of Mandos, where he was forgiven for all trespasses of the Noldor through his valour in securing the flight of Tuor and Idril, his absence from the Kinslaying of Alqualonde, and his pure-heartedness of character. Cleansed of all sins, he regained his physical form and was elevated by the Valar to a stature and power equal to that of a Maia. For a span, he was given freedom to enjoy the bliss and peace of the Blessed Realm.
In the Second Age, ere the fall of Numenor, he was sent back to Middle Earth by the Valar to strengthen the remaining Noldor and Edain against the advances of Sauron, gaining the distinction of being the only Elf to leave Valinor twice. To this purpose, he bolstered the host of Gil-Galad and Elrond during the Last Alliance of Men and Elves that defeated Sauron. In the Third Age, he led the combined armies of Rivendell, Lothlorien, and the Grey Havens against the forces of the Witch-King of Angmar, his presence causing the ringwraith to flee at the sight of him. During the War of the Ring, he repelled the forces of Sauron that attacked Rivendell and destroyed them utterly.
In the 4th age, with the passing of Elrond into the West, he has taken up lordship of Imladris, and by his power the refuge remains a haven for the weary, the battle-worn, and the gentle-folk. Some say that one day he will take ship with Cirdan into the West, taking away the last of the High Elves that yet remain. Others say he shall never leave, and will remain as a golden, undimmed vision of the Elder days, for one such as he dwells at once in both the Blessed Realm and Middle Earth.