Narn i Chîn Húrin (tale)

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The name Narn i Chîn Húrin refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Narn i Chîn Húrin (disambiguation).

Narn i Chîn Húrin, the sorrowful Tale of the Children of Húrin, tells of the tragic lives of Túrin Turambar and his sister Nienor.[1]


Known also as Narn e-'Rach Morgoth (Tale of the Curse of Morgoth), it formed part of the wider matter Narn e-mbar Hador ("Tale of the House of Hador") and the Atanatárion, preserved in Gondor.[2]

The Eldar also preserved a copy of the story and brought to Valinor; Narn i Chîn Húrin was shown by Pengolodh to Ælfwine.[3]


Narn i Chîn Húrin is Sindarin, directly meaning "Tale of the Children of Húrin".[4]

Other names

The Tale of Grief was a name for the Narn i Chîn Húrin.[1]

Other versions of the legendarium

The concept of the narrative referring to another longer tale of the life of Túrin is present since early stages of the legendarium. Appears for first time in Sketch of the Mythology as the "Children of Húrin".[5] The same name is given to it in the Quenta Noldorinwa, and it is also called the "Tale of Grief".[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Túrin Turambar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Five. Myths Transformed", "[Text] I"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Three. The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings not forming part of the Quenta Silmarillion: II. Ælfwine and Dírhaval"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The 'Túrin Wrapper'" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 50, March 2013, p. 8
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "II. The Earliest 'Silmarillion' (The 'Sketch of the Mythology')", [Section] 12, p. 28
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "III. The Quenta: [Section] 12", p. 124