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"Morwen" by Kimberly
Biographical Information
Other namesEledhwen (S, "Elfsheen")
TitlesLady of Dor-lómin
LocationLadros; Dor-lómin; Doriath
BirthF.A. 443
DeathF.A. 501 (aged 58)
Cabed Naeramarth
HouseHouse of Bëor
SpouseHúrin Thalion
ChildrenTúrin Turambar, Lalaith, Nienor
Physical Description
Hair colorDark
GalleryImages of Morwen

Morwen was a daughter of Baragund of the House of Bëor, and she married Húrin of the House of Marach. She was the mother of Túrin Turambar, Lalaith, and Nienor. She is described as being tall, slender and fair, having a stern and cold disposition. Her son Túrin, but not her daughters, inherited her tendency to keep her emotions and thoughts to herself. [1]


[edit] History

Morwen was the daughter of Baragund, Lord of Ladros. She belonged to the House of Beor and married Húrin of the House of Hador and Lord of Dor-lómin. They had three children together, Túrin, Lalaith, and Nienor. Lalaith perished to the Evil Breath, a plague of Morgoth, when she was a young child.

After Húrin's departure to fight for Fingon at the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, Morwen, who was pregnant to their third child, remained in her husband's house as the Lady of Dor-Lómin. After Morgoth's victory at the Nirnaeth, hordes of Easterlings who had betrayed the Edain, invaded Hithlum. Even though they took control of the land, they left Morwen and her household alone for a while, believing her to be a witch with dealings with the Elves. She was indeed in contact with small groups of Elves living in the mountains close to her house, but from them she received only information, and that very scant.

Eventually she thought it best to send her only surviving child, Túrin, to Doriath with Gethron and Grithnir to seek refuge. Being pregnant, and out of fear of drawing the Easterlings' attention, Morwen herself remained in Dor-Lómin.

Túrin was adopted by King Thingol, who sent messengers back to Hithlum bringing her news about Túrin's well-being, invitations from Thingol and gifts from Melian. But she refused to leave her home, not the least because her daughter Nienor was still a baby.[1] In her stead she sent to Túrin the dragon-crested Helm of Hador, the heirloom of their house.[2]

Morwen's house was oppressed by Brodda's Easterlings. Meanwhile, Túrin had exiled himself out of Doriath and made himself a hero. The fame of the Black Sword reached to Hithlum, saying that he was cleansing Beleriand from perils, without Morwen knowing that he was her own son. Nienor now had grown up, and Morwen eventually fled the tyranny of Hithlum through Ered Wethrin and came to Doriath, only to find out that her son had left.[3] Túrin's travels also brought him to the north and liberated Dor-Lómin, but it was too late, as Morwen and Nienor had long gone.

Having learned that Túrin was under Orodreth's service in Nargothrond, she left Doriath to go there. Mablung was tasked to accompany her. Unknown to both, Nienor had joined them. The women were left back upon Amon Ethir and Mablung set out with a small company to scout Nargothrond as were his orders by Thingol. Yet Glaurung left Nargothrond and Mablung was unable to prevent them both from getting ensnared in the traps of the Dragon.

Morwen was then lost and Mablung heard no news from her.[4]

Ted Nasmith - Húrin Finds Morwen

Morwen, now in her fifties, came to the Forest of Brethil and found the graves of her children at Cabed Naeramarth. Húrin found her there. She felt already spent and she asked her husband how their son found his sister; but Húrin never replied. They spent the night together until she passed away with the sun. Húrin dug for her a grave above Cabed Naeramarth on the west side of the Stone of the Hapless cutting the words Here lies also Morwen Eledhwen.

According to the words of Glirhuin, the mound survived the War of Wrath and as Tol Morwen was the westernmost isle off the coast of Lindon in the Second and Third Ages.[5]

[edit] Etymology

Morwen means "Dark Maiden" in Sindarin (from môr = "darkness, dark, night" and gwenn = "maiden"). Her epithet, Eledhwen, means "Elf-maiden" (from edhel = "Elf" and gwenn = "maiden"); Tolkien also translates it as "Elfsheen", which is a rendering of Old English ælf-scīene "bright as fairy, of elfin beauty". Both definitions are in reference to her noble bearing.

[edit] Genealogy

359 - 448
b. 386
393 - 455
b. 397
400 - 460
b. 406
b. 417
420 - 460
422 - 460
432 - 503
Y.T. 1200 - F.A. 503
441 - 502
441 - 501
450 - 472
444 - 472
470 - 506
464 - 499
466 - 469
473 - 499
b. 472

[edit] See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Narn i Hîn Húrin (The Tale of the Children of Húrin)""
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Departure of Túrin"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "Túrin in Nargothrond"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Túrin Turambar"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Doriath"