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Narn i Chîn Húrin (tale)

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The name Narn i Chîn Húrin refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Narn i Chîn Húrin (disambiguation).

Narn i Chîn Húrin, the sorrowful Tale of the Children of Húrin, tells of the tragic lives of Túrin Turambar and his sister Nienor.[1]



Known also as Narn e-'Rach Morgoth (Tale of the Curse of Morgoth), it formed part of the wider matter Narn e-mbar Hador ("Tale of the House of Hador") and the Atanatárion, preserved in Gondor.[2]

The Eldar also preserved a copy of the story and brought to Valinor; Narn i Chîn Húrin was shown by Pengolodh to Ælfwine.[3]


Narn i Chîn Húrin is Sindarin, directly meaning "Tale of the Children of Húrin".[4]

Other names

The Tale of Grief was a name for the Narn i Chîn Húrin.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Túrin Turambar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Five. Myths Transformed", "[Text] I"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Three. The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings not forming part of the Quenta Silmarillion: II. Ælfwine and Dírhaval"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The 'Túrin Wrapper'" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 50, March 2013, p. 8