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Duilin (son of Duinhir)

The name Duilin refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Duilin (disambiguation).
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"Duilin" by The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game
Biographical Information
BirthLate Third Age
Death15 March, T.A. 3019
Battle of the Pelennor Fields
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Duilin

Duilin was one of the two sons of Duinhir, the lord of Blackroot Vale.


[edit] History

With his brother Derufin, Duilin followed his father to Minas Tirith in the War of the Ring,[1] and there they fought in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. The Men of the distant valley of Morthond had great skill as bowmen, and so Duilin and Derufin led their archers against the mûmakil, attempting to shoot out the beasts' eyes. Brave as they were, both the brothers were lost in that battle, trampled by their gigantic foes.[2]

[edit] Etymology

The meaning of Duilin is unclear. In Gnomish the name meant "nightingale"[3] and in the later Noldorin "swallow",[4] but in Sindarin it could be "Singer by the River", containing the same element duin "river" as in the name of his father.[5]

[edit] Genealogy

fl. T.A. 3019
d. T.A. 3019
d. T.A. 3019

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2001-2007: The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game:

A Decipher card identifies one of the Rangers of Ithilien in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers as Duilin.

2015: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Duilin and his brother were hunting enthusiasts. Bored waiting for battle, they sneaked across the river to Ithilien to hunt. They could be found in Bar Húrin. In Epic Volume IV: The Strength of Sauron the player accompanied them as they attempted to hunt mûmakil. They encountered more than one mûmak and, finding them larger than expected, were quickly forced to flee. However the brothers noted the beasts' eyes as vulnerable targets, and despite the failure they agreed to help the player search Osgiliath for Faramir in exchange for the assistance. The brothers accompanied the player into the city, and the group succeeded in damaging Grond before encountering Gothmog and being forced to retreat.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part II", entry "Duilin"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Alphabet of Rúmil & Early Noldorin Fragments", in Parma Eldalamberon XIII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), pp. 120, 142
  5. David Salo, A Gateway to Sindarin, p. 347