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This article is about the the Elf of Doriath. For the Ranger of Ithilien, see Mablung (Ranger of Ithilien).
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Mablung
Sinda
Biographical Information
Other names"Mablung of the Heavy Hand"
PositionChief captain of Thingol
AffiliationHunting of the Wolf
LanguageDoriathrin (Sindarin dialect)
DeathF.A. 503
Battle of the Thousand Caves
Physical Description
GenderMale
WeaponrySpear and knife[1]
Mablung was a captain and marchwarden to King Elu Thingol of Doriath.

History

Together with Beleg Cúthalion he was one of the great captains of the Sindar, and he was part of the Hunting of the Wolf together with Beren.

In opposite to his companion Beleg, who was on duty in the marches of Doriath, Mablung seems to have been in a position of command in Menegroth. While Beleg usually seems to be away on duty at the borders, Mablung is present at important events[2].

When leaving Doriath, Mablung is often accompanied by Beleg, this is the case when they go to the Mereth Aderthad as Thingol's messengers [3], and also in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad in which Beleg and Mablung were the only two Elves from Doriath who took part[4].

Mablung was in charge to guard Morwen Eledhwen, who had dwelt in Doriath at the time, when she set out to Nargothrond in search of her son Túrin Turambar. Unknown to both Mablung and Morwen, Nienor daughter of Morwen, had joined them.

The women were left back upon Amon Ethir and Mablung set out with a small company to scout Nargothrond as were his orders by Thingol. Yet Glaurung left Nargothrond and Mablung was unable to prevent them both from getting ensnared in the traps of Glaurung the Dragon. He hid from Glaurung and then searched the sacked Nargothrond, finding no sign of Túrin. Glaurung when returning mocked Mablung, sparing his life, and informing him that he had now lost also Morwen and Nienor.

Nienor was found again by Mablung, but he later lost her again when she, her mind wiped by Glaurung, fled from Mablung during an Orc attack. Defeated, Mablung returned to Doriath and due to his failure at Nargothrond he asked Thingol to dismiss him. Thingol though did not agree, for the failure hardly was Mablung's fault, being opposed by an enemy that mighty, he maintained his position. Nevertheless he spent years afterwards searching for Morwen and Nienor[5].

Mablung went to Brethil when he learned Glaurung was there, and there met Túrin. By admitting Nienor was lost he caused Túrin to realize that Níniel his wife had actually been his sister Nienor, and Túrin killed himself[6].

Mablung was slain in the Battle of the Thousand Caves by the Dwarves of Nogrod in front of the treasure chamber in which the Nauglamír had been stored[7].

Etymology

Mablung is probably an epessë rather than a name. It translates as "Heavy Hand".

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "Túrin in Doriath"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Return of the Noldor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Journey of Morwen and Niënor to Nargothrond"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Death of Túrin"