The Return of Túrin to Dor-lómin

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The Children of Húrin chapters
  1. The Childhood of Túrin
  2. The Battle of Unnumbered Tears
  3. The Words of Húrin and Morgoth
  4. The Departure of Túrin
  5. Túrin in Doriath
  6. Túrin among the Outlaws
  7. Of Mîm the Dwarf
  8. The Land of Bow and Helm
  9. The Death of Beleg
  10. Túrin in Nargothrond
  11. The Fall of Nargothrond
  12. The Return of Túrin to Dor-lómin
  13. The Coming of Túrin into Brethil
  14. The Journey of Morwen and Niënor
  15. Niënor in Brethil
  16. The Coming of Glaurung
  17. The Death of Glaurung
  18. The Death of Túrin

The Return of Túrin to Dor-lómin is the twelfth chapter of The Children of Húrin.


In the depths of winter, Túrin came hooded and silent to the land of Dor-lómin to find his childhood stead empty and dark. Spent and weary, Túrin begged for shelter at the servant halls in the house of Brodda, who was now the Easterling Lord of Dor-lómin. Here Túrin met with Sador, who was his childhood friend and mentor - he told of how Morwen and Nienor had left secretly over the passes of Ered Wethrin and so to Beleriand. To the Lady Aerin, kinswoman of Húrin, Sador directed Túrin – she was against her will the wife of Brodda; and Túrin came to both Brodda and Aerin in the great hall of the house.

Hall of Brodda burning by Alan Lee

There Túrin challenged Brodda and drew forth Anglachel putting its bitter edge it to the throat of the Easterling; he asked Aerin to tell all she knew of Morwen. She told of Brodda's dark oppression of Morwen and her house, so much so that she had fled five seasons ago, as the lands to the south were held open and free by the prowess of the Blacksword. And Túrin laughed as he held that very sword to Brodda's throat.

Then Brodda was killed as Túrin threw him and his neck was broken, and the thralls of the house arose and all the Easterlings were killed. After the rage, Aerin begged Túrin to leave in haste, for more of the Incomers, that were Brodda's kin, would soon come; but Aerin herself would not go forth with the rebels, for she remained in the hall and burned it as Túrin had departed.

The rebels made camp through the winter in a mountain refuge, and there Túrin left them for he would search for his mother and sister.