Described as a "traveler from
far countries" (HOMEI.13), Eriol is also described
as a son of Eärendel.
'Sons of Eärendel' were children who as newborns,
had been touched by the light of the star Eärendel.
Not much seems to be known about his background
or origins, not even his real name. Eriol acts as the
link between the lands of Men and the earlier ways
of life when faries and such were able to interact
with Men. An example of this is at the end of the Cottage
of Lost Play, when he describes a tradition within
his family remembering the same tale told by Lindo
and Vaire, only from a different perspective.
The name 'Eriol' is not his real name,
but instead one which was given to him by the inhabitants
of Tol Eressëa. It translates into English as One
who dreams alone (HOMEI.14). His real name is
not recorded anywhere.
Book of Lost Tales One (HoME.I) The
Book of Lost Tales Two (HoME.II) The
Lays of Beleriand (HoME.III) The
Shaping of Middle-Earth (HoME.IV) The
Lost Road and Other Writings (HoME.V) The
Return of the Shadow (HoME.VI) The
Treason of Isengard (HoME.VII) The
War of the Ring (HoME.VIII) Sauron
Defeated (HoME.IX) Morgoth's
Ring (HoME.X) The
War of the Jewels (HoME.XI) The
Peoples of Middle-Earth (HoME.XII)