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This article is about the Elf of the First Age. For the the King of Arthedain, see Beleg (King of Arthedain).
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Biographical Information
Other namesCúthalion (S, "Strongbow")
"Beleg the Archer"[1]
PositionChief of the marchwardens
AffiliationHunting of the Wolf
LanguageDoriathrin (Sindarin dialect)
DeathF.A. 490
Physical Description
Hair colorSilver[source?]
Eye colorGreen[source?]
ClothingLarge cloak[2]
WeaponryAnglachel and Belthronding
GalleryImages of Beleg

Beleg Cúthalion was one of the Sindar who served in the army of King Elu Thingol of Doriath. He followed no man and could not be restrained in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, when he and Mablung joined the western army of Fingon and went forth to fight.



Together with Mablung, he was one of the great captains of the Sindar, and took part in the Hunting of the Wolf. Beleg carried a black bow named Belthronding, to which his surname referred, and an arrow called Dailir.

Later he became a good friend and brother-in-arms of Túrin Turambar, and thus became ensnared in Túrin's accursed fate. When Túrin left Doriath, Beleg received permission from Thingol to follow him into exile, wielding the black sword Anglachel that Eöl had forged and given to Thingol in tribute. Beleg found Túrin at Amon Rûdh and was tortured by the outlaws until Túrin found and released him. Together with Túrin, Beleg became for a while a captain against Morgoth, and the place where they dwelt became known as Dor-Cúarthol, the "Land of Bow and Helm". When Túrin was captured by Morgoth, Beleg was grievously wounded, yet with the knowledge and strength of an elite Elven warrior he recovered and followed the Orcs. He met the escaped thrall Gwindor in Taur-nu-Fuin, and together they rescued Túrin, but Beleg accidentally cut Túrin with his sword. Túrin awoke and did not recognize Beleg in the darkness, and assumed the shape bent over him with a blade was an Orc who was about to torture him again. In a sudden rage of self defense, Túrin wrested Anglachel from Beleg and killed him.


Beleg means "mighty" in Sindarin. His epessë Cúthalion means "Strongbow".

See Also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Land of Bow and Helm", p. 141
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "Of Mîm the Dwarf", p. 139