Aerin

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Aerin
Adan
"Aerin" by Turner Mohan
Biographical Information
Other namesLady Aerin, Indor’s daughter
LocationDor-lómin
DeathF.A. 496 (suicide)
Dor-lómin
Family
HouseHouse of Hador
ParentageIndor
SpouseBrodda
Physical Description
GenderFemale
GalleryImages of Aerin

Aerin, the daughter of Indor,[1] was a kinswoman of Húrin in Dor-lómin, taken as wife by Brodda the Easterling.

History

After the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, Brodda the Easterling became the lord of Hithlum, and took her as his wife against her will, hoping thus to produce an heir. Aerin secretly helped Húrin's wife Morwen.[2]

When Túrin, son of Húrin, returned to Dor-lómin, he learned from Aerin that his mother had left Hithlum. In rage he killed Brodda, thereby also sealing Aerin's fate, who immolated herself alive in her hall to prevent further torment from other Easterlings. From then on, the remainder of the House of Hador were to be persecuted even more cruelly than before.[3][4]

Etymology

As Paul Strack points out, due the context in later legendarium, the name should be Mannish Hadorian, but because its development in J.R.R. Tolkien's works, it could be Sindarin.[5] If that was the case it would include the element aer ("ocean"). The ending perhaps is the same in the names of Húrin and Túrin; in that case the name would mean "She who desires the Sea".

Genealogy

Indor
b. F.A.
Brodda
d. F.A. 496
AERIN
d. F.A. 496

Other versions of the legendarium

The Book of Lost Tales

This character already appears in the early version of the legendarium in The Book of Lost Tales, with the Gnomish name Airin. She is described as "of the long hair", and she is also a kinswoman of Mavwin and wife of Brodda. Here he is not an Easterling, but it is said she had a horrible life by his side.[6]:91

When Mawvin decided to leave Hisilómë and go to Tinwelint's realm, she asked Airin to put her daughter and properties under the care of Brodda. Airin conviced her husband of this without effort, but Nienóri refused to stay.[6]:93

She was not present when Turambar arrived at Brodda's hall and killed him. After the murder of Brodda and Orlin, Airin appeared and stopped others from attacking Turambar. She was horrified by the crime, and Turambar did not dare to look upon her. Then she pronounced a public judgement, saying that Brodda was a bad lord and Turambar's wrath was just, but being a guess killing his host was a terrible crime, as well as killing Orlin of his same kind. Therefore, she condemned Turambar to be disinherited and exiled for ever. Everyone there agreed with her, save Turambar, who asked to be killed right away. But the people there loved Airin and respected her, and Airin's secret wish to keep Túrin alife was fulfilled.[6]:89-91

She is given the Gnomish name Faiglindra ("long-tressed"); in Qenya Firilanda.[6]:93

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