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Morwen Steelsheen

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The name Morwen refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Morwen (disambiguation).
Biographical Information
Other namesMorwen Steelsheen
Morwen of Lossarnach
ChildrenThéoden, Théodwyn, three unnamed daughters
Physical Description
Hair colorDark

Morwen Steelsheen, also called Morwen of Lossarnach, was the queen to King Thengel of Rohan, and mother of his heir Théoden.


Morwen was a woman of Belfalas, of the Prince of Dol Amroth's kin, though her family later moved to the flowery vales of Lossarnach.[1] She was seventeen years younger than her husband; Thengel wedded her late in his life (T.A. 2943), and they lived for a time in her homeland of Lossarnach. When his father Fengel died, Thengel inherited the Kingship of Rohan, and travelled with Morwen back to his own land. Morwen bore five children in all, including Thengel's heir Théoden, and his sister Théodwyn, who would be the mother of Éomer and Éowyn. She was called Steelsheen because of her grace.[2]

Morwen was dark-haired and considerably taller than most of the Rohirrim, owing to her High-Númenórean heritage. The descendants of Thengel, including their grandson Éomer, were said to have inherited many of her characteristics, including his size.[1][3]


Morwen is the name of a famous member of the House of Bëor in the first age. It translates from Sindarin as "black(haired) woman".


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Battles of the Fords of Isen"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", "Appendix: Númenórean Linear Measures"