Lalaith

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This article is about Urwen, sister of Turin. For the Ainu from The Book of Lost Tales, see Arien.
Urwen Lalaith
Adan
Ted Nasmith - Lalaith.jpg
"Lalaith" by Ted Nasmith
Biographical Information
Other namesLalaith
LocationDor-lómin
BirthF.A. 466
Dor-lómin
DeathF.A. 469, Evil Breath (aged 3)
Dor-lómin
Family
HouseHouse of Hador
ParentageHúrin & Morwen
SiblingsTúrin & Nienor
Physical Description
GenderFemale
Hair colorBlonde
GalleryImages of Urwen Lalaith

Urwen, also called Lalaith, was the second child of Húrin and Morwen, sister of Túrin and Nienor.[1]

History[edit]

Life[edit]

Urwen was a happy child and her parents gave her the nickname "Laughter" (Lalaith), from the nearby river, Nen Lalaith. Her presence in the house of Húrin brought much joy to Dor-lómin that she was often compared to Elven children by most people. Túrin, her older brother, loved his sister, but preferred watching her unseen rather than playing with her as she ran and sang. She was three years old when she died of the Evil Breath sent out from Angband.[2]

Legacy[edit]

Urwen’s death was especially hard on Túrin, who always looked for her likeness in women ever after, which is shown by how he considers Finduilas to be similar to how he imagined an older Urwen.[3] When Túrin explains to Mablung how he know Nienor, he inaccurately describes Nienor as being similar in appearance to Urwen and Morwen.[4]

Etymology[edit]

Urwen is a Sindarin name meaning "Fire Maiden" (from ûr = “fire, hot” and gwenn = "maiden").==

Her nickname, Lalaith, is a Sindarin noun meaning “laughter".[5]

Genealogy[edit]

==
 
 
Bregolas
 
 
 
Halmir
 
Hador Lórindol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Belegund
 
Baragund
 
Hareth
 
Galdor of Dor-lómin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morwen Eledhwen
 
Húrin Thalion
 
Huor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Túrin Turambar
 
URWEN LALAITH
 
Nienor Níniel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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