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'''Nienor''', also called ''Níniel'' ("Tear-Maiden"), was [[Húrin Thalion|Húrin]] and [[Morwen Eledhwen|Morwen's]] third child, the sister of [[Túrin Turambar]]. She was born in [[Hithlum]] in the year of [[Nirnaeth Arnoediad]] ("The Battle of Unnumbered Tears"). After this battle, the [[Easterlings]] settled in the land and oppressed the [[House of Hador|People of Hador]].
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'''Nienor''' ([[First Age]] 473 – 499, aged 26 years), also called ''Níniel'' ("Tear-Maiden"), was [[Húrin Thalion|Húrin]] and [[Morwen Eledhwen|Morwen's]] third child and the sister of [[Túrin Turambar]]. Her father was a great foe of [[Morgoth]] and was cursed by the Dark Lord. That curse would also ensnare his children, leading to the greatest tragedies of the First Age.
  
Nienor remained in Hithlum with her mother Morwen for twenty years, subsequently moving to [[Doriath]] in hopes of finding Túrin, who has been sent there earlier. After she and her mother heard a rumour that the mysterious [[Mormegil]] of [[Nargothrond]] was actually Túrin, they set out with a company of [[Elves]] for that place. Unfortunately, the dragon [[Glaurung]] had just sacked that elven city, and, sensing their approach, he caused a cloud of foul vapor to rise from the [[Narog]]. The party's horses panicked and Nienor was separated, at which point the worm Glaurung used his famous abilities to put her in a state of total amnesia.
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She was born in [[Hithlum]] in the year of the [[Nirnaeth Arnoediad]] ("The Battle of Unnumbered Tears"), during which her father was captured by the servants of Morgoth. After the battle, the [[Easterlings]] settled in the land and oppressed the [[House of Hador|People of Hador]]. Fearing for her son's life, Morwen sent Túrin to the kingdom of [[Doriath]] for safety. As a result, Túrin never saw his sister.
  
Eventually, the amnesiac woman was found by [[Mablung]], who intended to take her back to [[Doriath]] but they were attacked by [[Orcs]] while attempting to cross the river [[Taeglin]]. In confusion and terror, Nienor ran away, tore off her clothes and ran naked through the forest until she fainted.
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Nienor remained in Hithlum with her mother for twenty years before they went to Doriath in hopes of finding Túrin. He had left the kingdom, but Nienor and her mother heard a rumor that the mysterious [[Mormegil]], war chief of the Kingdom of [[Nargothrond]], was actually Túrin. The two then journeyed out with a company of [[Elves]]. Unfortunately, the [[Dragon]] [[Glaurung]] had just sacked the Elven city, and, sensing their approach, caused a cloud of foul vapor to rise from the river [[Narog]]. The party's horses panicked and Nienor was separated, at which point the worm Glaurung used his enchantments to put her in a state of total amnesia.
  
Her brother Túrin found her, naked and terrified, at the [[Haudh-en-Elleth|grave of Finduilas]], lying on the grave of his dead lover [[Finduilas]]. Because Nienor did not remember her identity and Túrin did not know he had a living sister, he named her ''Níniel'' ("Tear-Maiden") and brought her to safety in the [[Forest of Brethil]].
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Eventually, the amnesiac woman was found by [[Mablung]], who intended to take her back to Doriath but they were attacked by [[Orcs]] while attempting to cross the river [[Taeglin]]. In confusion and terror, Nienor tore off her clothes and ran naked through the forest until she fainted.
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Here her brother Túrin found her, naked and terrified, at the [[Haudh-en-Elleth|grave of Finduilas]], the elf-maid whom he had loved. Because Nienor did not remember her identity and Túrin did not know he had a living sister, he named her ''Níniel'' ("Tear-Maiden") and brought her to safety in the [[Forest of Brethil]].
  
 
The men of Brethil returned to the settlement of [[Ephel Brandir]] soon after. When "Níniel" fell sick, [[Brandir]] tended to her, secretly falling in love. However, "Níniel" loved Túrin more, and after three years, they were wed. By the next spring, she was halfway through her first pregnancy.
 
The men of Brethil returned to the settlement of [[Ephel Brandir]] soon after. When "Níniel" fell sick, [[Brandir]] tended to her, secretly falling in love. However, "Níniel" loved Túrin more, and after three years, they were wed. By the next spring, she was halfway through her first pregnancy.
  
It was then that rumours of Glaurung's approach reached Túrin, who went out to slay him. Unfortunately, the dragon envenomated him even as he dealt the worm a mortal blow, and Túrin fell into a swoon.
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It was then that rumors of Glaurung's approach reached Túrin, who went out to slay him. Unfortunately, the dragon envenomated him even as he dealt the worm a mortal blow, and Túrin fell into a swoon. At this moment, "Níniel", who feared for her husband's life, arrived and found him apparently dead. The dying Glaurung then removed Nienor's amnesia with his last words. Realising she had married her own brother and was carrying his unborn child, she committed suicide by throwing herself into the gorge of [[Cabed-en-Aras]]. When Túrin finally awoke, he was told of Nienor's fate by Brandir, but he refused to believe it, and slew him in anger. Then [[Mablung of the Heavy Hand|Mablung]] of Doriath arrived and corroborated Brandir's tale. In utter misery, Túrin killed himself on his sword [[Gurthang]].
  
At this unfortunate moment, "Níniel", who feared for her husband's life, went out and found him apparently dead. Glaurung then set off his hidden weapon against Túrin — he removed Nienor's amnesia with his last words. Realising she had married her own brother and was carrying his unborn child, she committed suicide by throwing herself into the gorge of [[Cabed-en-Aras]]. Her death sparked a series of events culminating in his suicide, thus fulfilling Glaurung's vengeance.
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The tragedy of Túrin and Nienor's love and suicide ap pear to have been carefully scripted by the curse of Morgoth, as meted out by his servant Glaurung — this was his most dangerous weapon and the coincidences are too great to be accidental. That Nienor would arrive naked and amnesiac on the grave of Túrin's love, who had been tragically murdered; the repercussions of this incident are too specific to not be the work of the curse.
  
The tragedy of Túrin and Nienor's love and suicide appear to have been carefully scripted by the dragon Glaurung — this was his most dangerous weapon and the coincidences are too great to be accidental. Nienor arrived, practically gift-wrapped, naked and amnesiac on the grave of Túrin's love, who was tragically murdered; the resonances of this incident are too specific to be accidental.
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== Genealogy ==
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  [[Baragund]]    [[Galdor of Dor-lómin|Galdor]] = [[Hareth]]
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      |              |                         
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      |        ______|______
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      |        |            |
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      |        |            |
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  [[Morwen Eledhwen|Morwen]] = [[Húrin Thalion|Húrin]]          [[Huor]]
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          |                   
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    ______|_______             
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  |      |      |             
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  |  [[Lalaith]]    |       
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  |              |           
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  [[Túrin Turambar|Túrin]]  =    '''NIENOR'''
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</code>
  
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==
 
* '''[[:Category:Images of Nienor|Images of Nienor Níniel]]'''
 
* '''[[:Category:Images of Nienor|Images of Nienor Níniel]]'''
 
* [[House of Húrin]]
 
* [[House of Húrin]]
* [[Narn i Chîn Húrin]]
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* ''[[Narn i Chîn Húrin]]'' ("Tale of the Children of Húrin")
  
 
[[Category:Edain]]
 
[[Category:Edain]]
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[[Category:Characters]]

Revision as of 01:49, 30 May 2006

Túrin Discovers Nienor at the Mound of Finduilas by Ted Nasmith

Nienor (First Age 473 – 499, aged 26 years), also called Níniel ("Tear-Maiden"), was Húrin and Morwen's third child and the sister of Túrin Turambar. Her father was a great foe of Morgoth and was cursed by the Dark Lord. That curse would also ensnare his children, leading to the greatest tragedies of the First Age.

She was born in Hithlum in the year of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad ("The Battle of Unnumbered Tears"), during which her father was captured by the servants of Morgoth. After the battle, the Easterlings settled in the land and oppressed the People of Hador. Fearing for her son's life, Morwen sent Túrin to the kingdom of Doriath for safety. As a result, Túrin never saw his sister.

Nienor remained in Hithlum with her mother for twenty years before they went to Doriath in hopes of finding Túrin. He had left the kingdom, but Nienor and her mother heard a rumor that the mysterious Mormegil, war chief of the Kingdom of Nargothrond, was actually Túrin. The two then journeyed out with a company of Elves. Unfortunately, the Dragon Glaurung had just sacked the Elven city, and, sensing their approach, caused a cloud of foul vapor to rise from the river Narog. The party's horses panicked and Nienor was separated, at which point the worm Glaurung used his enchantments to put her in a state of total amnesia.

Eventually, the amnesiac woman was found by Mablung, who intended to take her back to Doriath but they were attacked by Orcs while attempting to cross the river Taeglin. In confusion and terror, Nienor tore off her clothes and ran naked through the forest until she fainted.

Here her brother Túrin found her, naked and terrified, at the grave of Finduilas, the elf-maid whom he had loved. Because Nienor did not remember her identity and Túrin did not know he had a living sister, he named her Níniel ("Tear-Maiden") and brought her to safety in the Forest of Brethil.

The men of Brethil returned to the settlement of Ephel Brandir soon after. When "Níniel" fell sick, Brandir tended to her, secretly falling in love. However, "Níniel" loved Túrin more, and after three years, they were wed. By the next spring, she was halfway through her first pregnancy.

It was then that rumors of Glaurung's approach reached Túrin, who went out to slay him. Unfortunately, the dragon envenomated him even as he dealt the worm a mortal blow, and Túrin fell into a swoon. At this moment, "Níniel", who feared for her husband's life, arrived and found him apparently dead. The dying Glaurung then removed Nienor's amnesia with his last words. Realising she had married her own brother and was carrying his unborn child, she committed suicide by throwing herself into the gorge of Cabed-en-Aras. When Túrin finally awoke, he was told of Nienor's fate by Brandir, but he refused to believe it, and slew him in anger. Then Mablung of Doriath arrived and corroborated Brandir's tale. In utter misery, Túrin killed himself on his sword Gurthang.

The tragedy of Túrin and Nienor's love and suicide ap pear to have been carefully scripted by the curse of Morgoth, as meted out by his servant Glaurung — this was his most dangerous weapon and the coincidences are too great to be accidental. That Nienor would arrive naked and amnesiac on the grave of Túrin's love, who had been tragically murdered; the repercussions of this incident are too specific to not be the work of the curse.

Genealogy

 Baragund     Galdor = Hareth
     |               |                          
     |         ______|______
     |        |             |
     |        |             |
  Morwen = Húrin           Huor
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   ______|_______              
  |      |       |              
  |   Lalaith    |         
  |              |             
 Túrin   =    NIENOR

See Also