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In J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, Amras (IPA: [ˈamras]) is a fictional character, the twin brother of Amrod being the youngest sons of Fëanor and Nerdanel. Through their maternal grandfather Mahtan they inherited red hair (probably a dark red), instead of Fëanor's black.
Amras' father name in Quenya is Pityafinwë, "Little Finwë". His mother name is Ambarussa, "Top-russet", and this refers to his hair. His younger twin Amrod was also called Ambarussa, and they both answered to the name. In Tolkien's late revisions, the name of the elder twin Ambarussa was "Amros" in Sindarin, instead of the older form "Amras". The name of the younger twin, Amrod, was the Sindarin version of "Ambarto".
Amras became a hunter, who held the southern lands of the March of Maedhros. Amras survived most of the War of the Jewels, but eventually fell in the Kinslaying of Sirion.
Other versions of the legendarium
In the published Silmarillion Amras only appears together with his twin brother Amrod, but in late writings which were left out of the edited Silmarillion by Christopher Tolkien the story of Amrod's death at Losgar appeared. For this reason wherever both Amrod and Amras appear in the published material it should be read as Amras alone.
House of Fëanor
The House of Fëanor
* The birth order of Fëanor's sons on this tree is based on The Shibboleth of Fëanor, a late note by Tolkien. In The Silmarillion the birth order is: Maedhros, Maglor, Celegorm, Caranthir, Curufin (father of Celebrimbor), Amrod, and Amras.
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- Sons of Fëanor
- Tolkien, J. R. R. (1996), Christopher Tolkien, ed., The Peoples of Middle-earth, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", ISBN 0-395-82760-4
- Tolkien, J. R. R. (1996), Christopher Tolkien, ed., The Peoples of Middle-earth, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor": "It may be mentioned, however, that Sindarin Maedros is explained as containing elements of Nelyafinwe's mother-name Maitimo (Common Eldarin magit-'shapely', Sindarin maed) and of his epesse Russandol (Common Eldarin russa, Sindarin ross); and also that the Sindarin form of Ambarussa (numbered 6, i.e. the elder twin) is here Amros, not Amras., ISBN 0-395-82760-4
- Vinyar Tengwar 41. From the Shibboleth of Fëanor: "Had Amros (2) Ambarto lived, it [i.e. the name Ambarto] would probably have been [Sindarized] as Amrod."
- Tolkien, J. R. R. (1977), Christopher Tolkien, ed., The Silmarillion, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 0-395-25730-1
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