Ælfwine and Dírhaval

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The War of the Jewels chapters
Part One: The Grey Annals
Part Two: The Later Quenta Silmarillion
  1. Of Men
  2. Of the Siege of Angband
  3. Of Beleriand and its Realms
  4. Of Turgon and the Building of Gondolin
  5. Concerning the Dwarves
  6. Of the Coming of Men into the West
  7. Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin
  8. The Last Chapters
Part Three: The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings
  1. The Wanderings of Húrin
  2. Ælfwine and Dírhaval
  3. Maeglin
  4. Of the Ents and the Eagles
  5. The Tale of Years
Part Four: Quendi and Eldar
Appendix: The legend of the Awaking of the Quendi

Ælfwine and Dírhaval is chapter two of Part Three of The War of the Jewels, the eleventh book in The History of Middle-earth. It contains two introductory notes to the Narn i Chîn Húrin that are labeled as "A" and "B".


Text A is entitled Túrin Turumsth and it was written in the Minlamed thent/estent verse mode.


In his introduction to the the text "A", Christopher Tolkien notes that it was "written with almost no hesitations or alterations". In his introduction to text "B", he makes note of it being "very much briefer".[1]


  1. 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", pp. 311-312