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Tuor (First Age 471 – c. 560, aged 89 years when he sailed into the West) was a great hero of the Third House of Men, the only son of Huor and Rían. He was the cousin of Túrin Turambar. In some writings he is named Tûr. Tuor's father Huor died shortly before his birth in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, and his mother Rían died two years later. Tuor was first fostered by Elves, specifically Annael, then captured by Easterlings, who had been sent there by Morgoth and who cruelly oppressed the remnant of the House of Hador.

Tuor later escaped, and lived the life of an outlaw. He was ordered in a dream by the Vala Ulmo to go to Gondolin, to warn the King Turgon of Gondolin. Tuor passed through the old Gate of the Noldor (Annon-in-Gelydh in Sindarin) into Nevrast, where he is said to have been the first man to come across the great sea, Belegaer the shoreless. Tuor found arms and armour in the ancient halls of Vinyamar which had been left there centuries ago by Turgon at the command of Ulmo, and met Ulmo himself at the coast of Belegaer. Ulmo appointed him to be his messenger and told him to seek King Turgon in Gondolin, and sent him an Elf, Voronwë of Gondolin, to guide him.

Voronwe led Tuor through Núath, where he caught a brief glimpse of his cousin Túrin near the Pools of Ivrin, the only time the paths of the two ever crossed. Journeying through the Fell Winter, they eventually reached the hidden city of Gondolin.

Tuor remained in Gondolin, and eventually married Turgon's daughter, Idril Celebrindal. This was the second union between the Eldar and Edain, after Beren and Lúthien. Their only child was Eärendil the Mariner. Tuor was the leader of the House of the Wing, one of the twelve houses of Gondolin at the time of the sack of the city. During the sack of the city Tuor and his family, along with a remnant of the people of Gondolin escaped to the Mouths of Sirion, along Idril's Secret Way. Tuor eventually built the ship Eärramë ("Sea-wing") and sailed to the West with Idril. It was a tradition under the Eldar and Edain that they arrived in Valinor, successfully bypassing the Ban of the Valar, and that Tuor alone of Men was counted among Elven kindred, immortal as other Elves.


                                     Turgon = Elenwë
                Galdor = Hareth             |
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    Morwen = Húrin            Huor = Rían   |
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Túrin   Lalaith   Nienor          TUOR = Idril


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