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'''Saeros''' was an Elf of the [[Nandor]] who went to dwell in [[Doriath]] at the court of King [[Thingol]] after the [[First Battle]]. When [[Túrin Turambar|Túrin]] came to that land, he and Saeros became enemies: it was the accidental death of Saeros at Túrin's hands that drove the son of [[Húrin Thalion|Húrin]] to become an outlaw.
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[[Image:Ted Nasmith - Saeros' Fatal Leap 2.jpg|thumb|''Saeros' Fatal Leap'' by [[Ted Nasmith]]]]
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'''Saeros''' ([[Years of the Trees]] – [[First Age]] 484) was an Elf of the [[Nandor]] who went to dwell in [[Doriath]] at the court of King [[Thingol]] after the [[First Battle]]. When [[Túrin Turambar|Túrin]] came to Doriath as a fosterchild five centuries later, Saeros had become a councilor to the King, and was jealous that such honor should be given to a [[Man]].  
  
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When Túrin was seventeen, Saeros insulted him at a royal dinner, comparing the [[House of Hador|Men of Hithlum]] to animals. In his anger Túrin struck him with a goblet, injurying him. The next day Saeros again confronted Túrin, this time in the woods, but was overcome. Túrin stripped him naked and told him to run back to [[Menegroth]] like an animal. While running in terror Saeros fell into a ravine and died. Túrin, fearing King Thingol's wrath, fled Doriath, calling himself ''[[Neithan]]'' ("The Wronged").
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== Etymology ==
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Saeros' name is difficult to translate, but might mean "Bitter Rain" in [[Sindarin]] (from ''[[saer]]'' = "bitter" and ''[[ross]]'' = "rain"). If "bitter" is the root word of his name, than ''Saeros'' is probably a epithet.
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== Other Versions of the Legendarium ==
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In early drafts of the [[legendarium]], Saeros was named '''Orgof'''. In the ''[[Grey Annals]]'' section of ''[[The War of the Jewels]]'', Orguf never confronts Túrin in the woods, but is killed at the dinner party by the goblet Túrin threw at him.
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== See Also ==
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* [[:Category:Images of Saeros|Images of Saeros]]
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[[Category:Silvan Elves]]

Revision as of 02:27, 22 July 2006

Saeros' Fatal Leap by Ted Nasmith

Saeros (Years of the TreesFirst Age 484) was an Elf of the Nandor who went to dwell in Doriath at the court of King Thingol after the First Battle. When Túrin came to Doriath as a fosterchild five centuries later, Saeros had become a councilor to the King, and was jealous that such honor should be given to a Man.

When Túrin was seventeen, Saeros insulted him at a royal dinner, comparing the Men of Hithlum to animals. In his anger Túrin struck him with a goblet, injurying him. The next day Saeros again confronted Túrin, this time in the woods, but was overcome. Túrin stripped him naked and told him to run back to Menegroth like an animal. While running in terror Saeros fell into a ravine and died. Túrin, fearing King Thingol's wrath, fled Doriath, calling himself Neithan ("The Wronged").

Etymology

Saeros' name is difficult to translate, but might mean "Bitter Rain" in Sindarin (from saer = "bitter" and ross = "rain"). If "bitter" is the root word of his name, than Saeros is probably a epithet.

Other Versions of the Legendarium

In early drafts of the legendarium, Saeros was named Orgof. In the Grey Annals section of The War of the Jewels, Orguf never confronts Túrin in the woods, but is killed at the dinner party by the goblet Túrin threw at him.

See Also