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Húrin of Emyn Arnen

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Húrin of Emyn Arnen
Biographical Information
PositionSteward of Gondor
LanguageWestron, Sindarin
Rulec. 1630s[1]
DeathMid-Third Age
HouseHouse of Húrin
Physical Description

Húrin of Emyn Arnen was the first recorded Steward of Gondor.


[edit] History

Being a noble of high trust and wisdom (as well as a kinsman of King Minardil[2]), he was chosen to serve under the King as Steward of Gondor.[3]

However, unlike any previous stewards, whose chief task was the supervision of the King's estates and properties, Húrin acted as the chief counsellor to the King, as well as being granted the right to assume the duties of the King in his absence, and having a say in choosing a successor to the throne, in the case the King died without an apparent heir.[2]

During his service, Húrin laboured greatly on the ordering of Gondor in the days of the Great Plague.[4]

Afterwards, Minardil's heirs opted to select their own Stewards not from any noble Gondorians, but from Húrin's sons and descendants; thus Stewardship was connected to the House of Húrin, and after some generations it became hereditary.[3]

[edit] Etymology

Húrin is a Sindarin name. Its meaning is not glossed, but the Association Tollkiendil suggests it means "Strong Heart".[5] It is probably a combination of hûr ("vigour", "fiery spirit", readiness for action) and ind ("heart").[6][5] It is possible that he was named after the hero of the First Age Húrin Thalion.

[edit] Genealogy

House of Anárion
1454 - 1634
fl. 1634
1787 - 1944
1879 - 1998


  1. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 208
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part Two. Body, Mind and Spirit: V. Beards", p. 188
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion", "The Stewards"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Association Tolkiendil, "Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth", Tolkiendil (accessed 5 February 2022)
  6. Paul Strack, "S. Húrin m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 5 February 2022)
Húrin of Emyn Arnen
Founder of House of Húrin
Born: Mid-Third Age Died: Mid-Third Age
Steward to the King of Gondor
Mid-Third Age
Next known: Pelendur