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Barahir
Adan
Biographical Information
Titles4th Lord of Ladros
Position7th Head of the House of Bëor
BirthF.A. 400
RuleF.A. 455-460
DeathF.A. 460 (aged 60)
Tarn Aeluin
Family
HouseHouse of Bëor
ParentageBregor
SiblingsBregil, Hirwen, Bregolas, Gilwen
SpouseEmeldir
ChildrenBeren
Physical Description
GenderMale

Barahir (F.A. 400460) was a Man of Middle-earth, heir to the House of Bëor in the First Age and most famous as the father of Beren Erchamion.[1]

"But still there lived in hiding cold
undaunted, Barahir the bold
of land bereaved, of lordship shorn
who once a prince of Men was born
and now an outlaw lurked and lay
in the hard heath and woodland gray
and with him clung his faithful men
but Beren his son and other ten.
Yet small as was their hunted band
still fell and fearless was each hand
and strong deed they wrought yet oft
and loved the woods, whose ways more soft
them seemed than thralls of that black throne
to live and languish in halls of stone.
"
Lay of Leithian, Canto II, lines 127-140

History

In F.A. 455, Barahir fought in the Dagor Bragollach ("Battle of Sudden Flame") and saved Finrod Felagund when he was cut off with a small company in the Fen of Serech. For this, Felagund gave him the Ring of Barahir, which was then handed down the family line.[2] (Thousands of years later this ring was an heirloom of the House of Isildur[3] and ultimately was given to Aragorn by Elrond.[4])

After Morgoth conquered Dorthonion Barahir contested his dominion. Gradually all of the people of that region fled until Barahir had but twelve companions left in the highlands; by name there were Beren (his son), Baragund and Belegund (his nephews), and Radhruin, Dairuin, Dagnir, Ragnor, Gildor, Gorlim, Arthad, Urthel, and Hathaldir. As Dorthonion fell under dark enchantment and was called Taur-nu-Fuin the desperate band retreated to the rocky moors above the forest. [2]

In F.A. 460 they were betrayed to Sauron by Gorlim the Unhappy, tricked by a devised phantom of his wife whom he loved, and slaughtered in the Massacre of Tarn Aeluin. Barahir's son Beren alone escaped since he was away on a mission when the outlaws' hideout was discovered. Returning to the camp Beren buried his father and pursued the Orcs who slew him. The captain of the Orcs had Barahir's hand with the ring of Felagund on it when Beren found them; Beren killed the captain and retrieved the hand.[5]

Genealogy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Boromir
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bregor
 
Andreth
 
Beril
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bregil
 
Hirwen
 
Bregolas
 
Gilwen
 
BARAHIR
 
Emeldir
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baragund
 
Belegund
 
 
 
 
 
Beren
Erchamion
 
Lúthien
Tinúviel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dior
Eluchil
 
 

Other Versions of the Legendarium

In such early manuscripts as The Tale of Tinúviel and The Lay of Leithian, the father of Beren was a Gnome named Egnor, and was called Rog the Fleet by the Orcs of Melko.[6][7][8]

In the Grey Annals (written in the 1930s[9]) Barahir was born in F.A. 402, two years after his brother Bregolas, and they were both the sons of Bëor the Old.[10] After The Lord of the Rings was written J.R.R. Tolkien overhauled the genealogy of the House of Bëor. [11] Four generations were inserted after Bëor with Bregor made the father of Bregolas and Barahir (whose birth was now set in F.A. 400).[1]

Etymology

Barahir is a Sindarin word and consists of bara ("fiery; eager") + hîr ("master, lord").[12]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Two. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West (Chapter 14)", (i) The House of Bëor, p. 231
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "Gilfanon's Tale: The Travail of the Noldoli and the Coming of Mankind", pp. 241-1
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "The Tale of Tinúviel" , passim (cf. Index)
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lays of Beleriand, passim (cf. Index)
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part One. The Grey Annals", p, 3
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §125
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Two. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West (Chapter 14)", The new genealogies of the Edain, p. 229
  12. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", pp. 351, 364
Barahir
House of Bëor
Born: F.A. 400 Died: F.A. 460
Preceded by:
Bregolas
7th Head of the House of BëorFollowed by:
Beren
4th Lord of Ladros
F.A. 455460
Followed by:
None (lands overrun)


Barahir's Outlaw Band
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