The Noldor were descended from the Eldar. They were wise and beautiful, and they originated in Valinor. They then migrated over the Grinding Ice into Middle-Earth. They established fine kingdoms there and hide outs from Morgoth: Gondolin and Nargothrond. Many of the Noldor were wiped out by Morgoth, but the Elves of Lothlorien and Rivendell were descended from the Noldor.