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Morwen Steelsheen

The name Morwen refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Morwen (disambiguation).
Morwen
Gondorian
Elawen Altariel - Morwen of Lossarnach.jpg
"Morwen of Lossarnach" by Elawen Altariel
Biographical Information
LocationGondor, Rohan
BirthT.A. 2922[1]
Family
HouseDescended from the House of Dol Amroth[2]
SpouseThengel
ChildrenThéoden, Théodwyn, three unnamed daughters
Physical Description
GenderFemale
HeightTall
Hair colorDark
GalleryImages of Morwen

Morwen Steelsheen, also known as Morwen of Lossarnach, was the queen to King Thengel of Rohan, and mother of his heir Théoden. The epithet "Steelsheen" was given to her by the Rohirrim due to the grace and pride that she brought from Gondor.[1]

Being one of the Dúnedain of the South due to her high-Númenórean heritage, her descendants were said to be considerably taller than most of the Rohirrim, especially Éomer, and some also inherited her dark hair.[2] Éowyn was slender and tall, and she too inherited the graceful and proud bearing of Gondor from Morwen.[1]

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[edit] History

Although Morwen dwelt in Lossarnach, she did not belong to the people of that land. In fact, her father had removed there for its flowering vales, from Belfalas; he was a descendant of a former Prince of Dol Amroth and thus a kinsman of Prince Imrahil.[2]

In T.A. 2943, she was married to Thengel of Rohan in Gondor, though she was seventeen years younger than him. She bore three children in Gondor, of whom Théoden, the second, was her only son. When his father Fengel died, Thengel inherited the Kingship of Rohan, and travelled with Morwen back to his own land. Morwen bore him two more daughters in Rohan; and the last, Théodwyn, was the fairest; she would become the mother of Éomer and Éowyn.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Morwen is the name of a famous member of the House of Bëor in the first age. It translates from Sindarin as "black(haired) woman".

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
 
 
Folcwine
2830 - 2903
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fengel
2870 - 2953
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MORWEN STEELSHEEN
b. 2922
 
Thengel
2905 - 2980
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Théoden
2948 - 3019
 
three daughters
unknown
 
Théodwyn
2963 - 3002
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Théodred
2978 - 3019
 
Éomer
2991 - Fo.A. 63
 
Éowyn
b. 2995


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", "Appendix: Númenórean Linear Measures"