Fuinur

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Fuinur
Númenórean
Isabella Pavani - Fuinur.png
"Fuinur" by Isabella Pavani
Biographical Information
LocationAssociated with Harad
AffiliationSauron
RuleLate Second Age
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Fuinur

Fuinur was a Black Númenórean who lived in the late Second Age.[note 1] Fuinur was among those Númenóreans who sailed east from Númenor to establish fortresses and dwellings along the coasts during Sauron's stay in Númenor (from S.A. 3262 to S.A. 3319) and were already bent to Sauron's will. Fuinur rose to power among the Haradrim. It is possible that Fuinur was among those Númenórean servants from the south that Sauron gathered to him when he prepared to attack Gondor in S.A. 3429 after he had taken shape again after the Downfall of Númenor.[1]

Etymology[edit]

Christopher Tolkien suggests that the initial element of this name is S. fuin ("night"),[2][3] but the meaning of the suffix is unclear.

Portrayal in adaptations[edit]

In the defunct Middle-earth Role Playing game from the 1980s, Fuinur is given an extended history. Herumor is then his younger brother. Tolkien, however, had nothing to do with writing this history.

Notes[edit]

  1. Based on the ordering of events in the chapter Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, he appears to have been a lord among the Haradrim at some point after the Downfall of Númenor, dating him to S.A. 3319 or later. The order of events is not entirely clear, and an argument could be made that he lived slightly earlier, but he certainly belonged to the closing centuries of the Second Age.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entry fuin
  3. Paul Strack, "S. Fuinur m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 25 November 2021)