Emeldir

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Emeldir
Adan
"Barahir and Emeldir" by Juliana Pinho
Biographical Information
Other namesthe Manhearted
BirthF.A. 406
DeathAfter F.A. 456 (aged 50+)
Family
HouseHouse of Bëor
ParentageBeren (son of Belemir)
SiblingsTwo unnamed older siblings
SpouseBarahir
ChildrenBeren and Hiril
Physical Description
GenderFemale
GalleryImages of Emeldir

Emeldir the Manhearted (born F.A. 406) was a woman of the House of Bëor in Dorthonion, the wife of Barahir and the mother of Beren Erchamion and Hiril.[1]

History

Like her husband, Emeldir was also of the House of Bëor through the line of Belen who was the youngest son of Bëor himself.[2]

After the Dagor Bragollach, when Dorthonion was ruined and infested, Emeldir's husband Barahir and her son Beren became outlaws fighting the evil creatures. Emeldir would have preferred to stay with her family to fight, but as the women and children of the First House of the Edain had to flee from their homes, Emeldir finally led them, and after many hardships they reached Brethil. It was because of this bravery, she was known as Emeldir the Man-hearted.[3]

Etymology

Patrick H. Wynne has suggested that Emeldir possibly consists of Sindarin emel ("mother") + dir ("man"), yielding a hypothetical translation "manly-mother" or "mother with manly courage" (close in meaning to her epithet the Manhearted).[4]

Genealogy

Bëor
262 - 355
Baran
289 - 380
Belen
b. 292
Boron
315 - 408
Beldir
b. 316
Malach
307 - 398
Boromir
338 - 432
Belemir
b. 339
Adanel
b. 339
Bregor
359 - 448
Beren
b. 374
Thingol
Y.T. - 503
Melian
Barahir
400 - 460
EMELDIR
b. 406
two children
unknown
Lúthien
Y.T. 1200 - F.A. 503
Beren
432 - 503
Hiril
b. F.A.
Dior
470 - 506

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Two. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West (Chapter 14)", The new genealogies of the Edain, (i) The House of Bëor, p. 232
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Two. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West (Chapter 14)", (i) The House of Bëor, p. 231
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part Two" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 48, December 2005, pp. 17-8 (note 14)