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Barahir's Outlaw Band

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| founder=[[Barahir]]
 
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| members=Barahir, [[Beren]], eleven others
 
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{{quote|But still there lived in hiding cold<br>undaunted, Barahir the bold<br>of [[Ladros|land bereaved]], of lordship shorn<br>who once a prince of Men was born<br>and now an outlaw lurked and lay<br>in the [[Taur-nu-Fuin (Dorthonion)|hard heath and woodland gray]]<br>and with him clung his faithful men<br>but [[Beren]] his son and other ten.|''[[Lay of Leithian]]'', [[Lay of Leithian Canto II|Canto II]]<ref name="CII">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] (ed.), ''[[The Lays of Beleriand]]'', "[[The Lay of Leithian]]", [[Lay of Leithian Canto II|Canto II]], lines 127-140, pages 161-162</ref>}}
 
{{quote|But still there lived in hiding cold<br>undaunted, Barahir the bold<br>of [[Ladros|land bereaved]], of lordship shorn<br>who once a prince of Men was born<br>and now an outlaw lurked and lay<br>in the [[Taur-nu-Fuin (Dorthonion)|hard heath and woodland gray]]<br>and with him clung his faithful men<br>but [[Beren]] his son and other ten.|''[[Lay of Leithian]]'', [[Lay of Leithian Canto II|Canto II]]<ref name="CII">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] (ed.), ''[[The Lays of Beleriand]]'', "[[The Lay of Leithian]]", [[Lay of Leithian Canto II|Canto II]], lines 127-140, pages 161-162</ref>}}
'''Barahir's Outlaw Band''' was a group of survivors of the sack of [[Dorthonion]] who remained loyal to the exiled [[Barahir]], [[Lord of Ladros]]. They numbered ten, plus Barahir and his son [[Beren]]. They were betrayed by one of their number in the year [[First Age 460|460]] of the [[First Age]].
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'''Barahir's Outlaw Band''' was a group of survivors of the sack of [[Dorthonion]] who remained loyal to the exiled [[Barahir]], [[Lord of Ladros]]. They numbered ten, plus Barahir and his son [[Beren]]. They were betrayed by one of their number in the year {{FA|460}}.
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
During the [[Dagor Bragollach]], in the year [[First Age 455|455]], [[Bregolas]], the [[Lord of Ladros]], was killed and [[Dorthonion]] overrun.  His son [[Barahir]] "the Bold" escaped the destruction of their lands with his son [[Beren]] and a number of companions.  He refused to desert the land owned by his fathers, and lived as an outlaw, during which time the servants of [[Morgoth]] whittled his band down to only thirteen counting himself.<ref name="OBaL">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] (ed.), ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', "[[Of Beren and Lúthien]]"</ref>
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During the [[Dagor Bragollach]], in the year {{FA|455}}, [[Bregolas]], the [[Lord of Ladros]], was killed and [[Dorthonion]] overrun.  His son [[Barahir]] "the Bold" escaped the destruction of their lands with his son [[Beren]] and a number of companions.  He refused to desert the land owned by his fathers, and lived as an outlaw, during which time the servants of [[Morgoth]] whittled his band down to only thirteen counting himself.<ref name="OBaL">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] (ed.), ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', "[[Of Beren and Lúthien]]"</ref>
  
 
The surviving companions are named in the ''[[Lay of Leithian]]'' thus:
 
The surviving companions are named in the ''[[Lay of Leithian]]'' thus:
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Sauron's [[orcs]] entered into Tarn Aeluin and [[Massacre of Tarn Aeluin|slew all they found]], including Barahir.  Only Beren escaped the slaughter, for he was out hunting at the time, and, warned by the ghost of Gorlim, returned to find his father and companions all dead.  Soon after he fled Dorthonion forever, and it came utterly into darkness.<ref name="OBaL"/>
 
Sauron's [[orcs]] entered into Tarn Aeluin and [[Massacre of Tarn Aeluin|slew all they found]], including Barahir.  Only Beren escaped the slaughter, for he was out hunting at the time, and, warned by the ghost of Gorlim, returned to find his father and companions all dead.  Soon after he fled Dorthonion forever, and it came utterly into darkness.<ref name="OBaL"/>
  
==References==
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== Other versions of the legendarium ==
 
The account found in ''[[The Silmarillion]]'' closely parallels that told in full by the ''[[Lay of Leithian]]''.
 
The account found in ''[[The Silmarillion]]'' closely parallels that told in full by the ''[[Lay of Leithian]]''.
 
{{references}}
 
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Latest revision as of 20:30, 14 October 2012

"Tell me, who are you, alone, yourself and nameless?" - Tom Bombadil
This article describes a concept which is mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien's works, but was never given a definite name.
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Barahir's Outlaw Band
FounderBarahir
Date foundedc. F.A. 455
Race of membersMen
Famous membersBarahir, Beren, eleven others
LocationDorthonion
DestroyedF.A. 460
"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.
"
Lay of Leithian, Canto II[1]

Barahir's Outlaw Band was a group of survivors of the sack of Dorthonion who remained loyal to the exiled Barahir, Lord of Ladros. They numbered ten, plus Barahir and his son Beren. They were betrayed by one of their number in the year F.A. 460.

[edit] History

During the Dagor Bragollach, in the year F.A. 455, Bregolas, the Lord of Ladros, was killed and Dorthonion overrun. His son Barahir "the Bold" escaped the destruction of their lands with his son Beren and a number of companions. He refused to desert the land owned by his fathers, and lived as an outlaw, during which time the servants of Morgoth whittled his band down to only thirteen counting himself.[2]

The surviving companions are named in the Lay of Leithian thus:

"Twelve men beside him still there went,
still faithful when all hope was spent.
Their names are yet in elven-song
remembered, though the years are long
since doughty Dagnir and Ragnor,
Radhruin, Dairuin, and Gildor,
Gorlim Unhappy, and Urthel,
and Arthad and Hathaldir fell;
since the black shaft with enomed wound
took Belegund and Baragund,
the mighty sons of Bregolas;
since he whose doom and deeds surpass
all tales of Men was laid on bier,
fair Beren son of Barahir.
"
The Lay of Leithian Recommenced, Canto I[3]

They made camp in the hidden lake, Tarn Aeluin, and lived in hiding until 460, when Gorlim "the Unhappy" was tricked by Sauron into thinking that his wife Eilinel was still alive. In a vain attempt to save her life he went to the dark servant of Morgoth and betrayed the location of Barahir's camp in return for a promise that he and she would be united and set free. Sauron accepted this information gratefully, and then slew Gorlim, revealing that he had tricked him and Eilinel was dead in truth.[2]

Sauron's orcs entered into Tarn Aeluin and slew all they found, including Barahir. Only Beren escaped the slaughter, for he was out hunting at the time, and, warned by the ghost of Gorlim, returned to find his father and companions all dead. Soon after he fled Dorthonion forever, and it came utterly into darkness.[2]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

The account found in The Silmarillion closely parallels that told in full by the Lay of Leithian.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lays of Beleriand, "The Lay of Leithian", Canto II, lines 127-140, pages 161-162
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of Beren and Lúthien"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lays of Beleriand, "The Lay of Leithian Recommenced", lines 145-152, page 335


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