Dates: First Age
Locations: Ossiriand, Doriath, presumably Sirion
He is mentioned by name only in The Book of Lost Tales 2. When the Feänorians attacked Dior for the Silmaril:
"Evranin the nurse of Elwing, and Gereth a gnome, took her unwilling in a flight swift and sudden from those lands…"
In The Lost Road, The Later Annals of Beleriand, Tolkien wrote "The maiden Elwing was saved by faithful Elves, and they fled with her to the mouths of Sirion, and they took with them the jewel and the necklace, and Maidros found it not."
Since Elwing was born in 500, we know that Gereth was an adult at that time, but beyond that his age is uncertain. The quote from The Lost Road suggests that he traveled with Elwing to Sirion. He could even have escaped the Sack of Sirion, in which case he would have been among the survivors who joined Gil-galad and went to live on the Isle of Balar.
With the date of Dior's death given as 506 in The Lost Road, Gereth would have had the difficult task of fleeing with an unwilling 6 year old elf who had just lost her father.
Note that Gnome in the early versions of the mythology was eventually replaced by Noldoli.
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