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Main article: Túrin

Gorthol, "The Dread Helm", was one of Túrin's many aliases, taken by him as the captain of Dor-Cúarthol[1] in reference to the Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin.[2]

[edit] History

The name was used by Túrin during the time he dwelt with Beleg Strongbow in the caverns of Amon Rûdh. It comes from the Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin that he wore when he hunted Orcs with Beleg, and the fame of his helm, and the bow of Beleg, gave that region for a time the name Dor-Cúarthol, the Land of Bow and Helm.

Because of its fame, the mighty Helm of Hador was to be Túrin's undoing. Through it, despite his alias, Morgoth was able to learn where Túrin could be found. Through the treachery of Mîm, Túrin was captured by Orcs, and carried off toward Angband.[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Land of Bow and Helm", p. 146
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Departure of Túrin", p. 79
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Túrin Turambar"