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This article is about the son of Beren and Lúthien. For the the Steward of Gondor, see Dior (Steward of Gondor).
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Dior Eluchíl
Half-elf
Biographical Information
Other namesAusir, Aranel, Dior the Fair
TitlesKing of Doriath
LanguageSindarin (Doriathrin)
BirthF.A. 470
Tol Galen
RuleF.A. 502 - 506
DeathF.A. 506 (aged 36)
Menegroth, during Sack of Doriath
Family
HouseHouse of Bëor, House of Thingol
HeritageMan father, Half-elven mother
ParentageBeren and Lúthien
SpouseNimloth
ChildrenElwing, Eluréd, Elurín
Physical Description
GenderMale
WeaponryPresumably Aranrúth[1]
Dior Eluchíl was the son of Beren and Lúthien, and the heir to the throne of Elu Thingol, King of Doriath. Dior was one of the Half-elven.

He was also called Eluchíl ("Heir of Elu"),[2] Ausir ("The Wealthy"), Aranel ("Noble Elf"),[2] and the Fair.

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History

Dior was born on the island of Tol Galen in East Beleriand.[3] When he was 27 he married Nimloth of Doriath,[note 1] and took her back to live by the Lanthir Lamath waterfall at the base of the Blue Mountains. There they had three children: Elwing, Eluréd, and Elurín. After Thingol was slain by the Dwarves who coveted the Nauglamír, Dior went to Menegroth and became King of Doriath.

Four years later Dior and Nimloth were themselves slain, during the Sack of Doriath by the Sons of Fëanor. The Elf lords and their servants had been consumed by the Oath of Fëanor and killed anyone preventing them from gaining the Silmaril. Dior managed to kill Celegorm (who, ironically, was also called the Fair), and Caranthir and Curufin were also slain, but the Kingdom of Doriath was destroyed.

After the attack, the servants of Celegorm left Eluréd and Elurín in the forest to die. Elwing, however, escaped with the remnant of the Elves of Doriath to the Havens of Sirion.[4] Years later she would wed Eärendil and together they would aid from Valinor.[5]

Genealogy

 
Elu Thingol
 
Melian
 
House of Bëor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lúthien
 
 
 
Beren
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DIOR ELUCHIL
 
Nimloth1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eärendil
 
Elwing
 
Eluréd
 
Elurín
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elrond
 
Elros
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Etymology

In the Etymologies, the name Dior is said to mean "successor" in Doriathrin. The name derives from Primitive Quendian ndeuro ("follower, successor"), from root NDEW.[6]

Preceded by:
Elu Thingol
King of Doriath
F.A. 502 - F.A. 506
none
Kingdom destroyed

Notes

  1. Nimloth's parentage is uncertain. She may have been the daughter of Galathil and a descendant of Elmo, the younger brother of Elu Thingol.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "A Description of the Island of Númenor", note 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Doriath"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 375