Morwë and Nurwë

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Morwë and Nurwë
Biographical Information
PositionLeaders of two of the kindreds of the Avari
LocationHills around Cuiviénen
LanguagePresumably one of the Avarin dialects
BirthBefore Y.T. 1085[note 1]
Cuiviénen
RuleFrom Y.T. 1105[note 2] to unknown date
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Morwë and Nurwë

Morwë and Nurwë were the leaders of two of the kindreds of the Avari,[1] according to a version of the legendarium that Christopher Tolkien considered abandoned by his father.[2]

History

The Elves of the kindreds of Morwë and Nurwë dwelt furthest away from the waters of Cuiviénen. They wandered among the hills and never saw Oromë when he first came to them.

During the first sundering of the Elves, the kindreds of Morwë and Nurwë had refused the summons of Oromë, as they preferred the starlight over the rumor of the Two Trees in Aman. Moreover, they feared the Valar, especially Oromë and his steed Nahar, considering Oromë a demon "that would devour them" - possibly because of the lies of Melkor.[3]

They remained at Cuiviénen with half of the Tatyar (the second clan, whose other half later became known as the Noldor), and a third of the Nelyar (the third clan, whose other two thirds later became known as the Teleri or Lindar).[4][note 3]

Etymology

The names Morwë and Nurwë are in Quenya, but they are not glossed.

Morwë might have been composed of the root MOR- ("black, dark, darkness") + the suffix -wë, a common (if not always masculine) element in ancient Elvish names.[5]

Nurwë, likewise, contains the suffix -wë, but the first element of his name is unclear.[6]

Notes

  1. Oromë discovered the Elves in Y.T. 1085, while Morwë and Nurwë were still alive.
  2. This is the year in which the Avari split from the Eldar.
  3. In another text, found in The Nature of Middle-earth, all of the original 144 unbegotten Elves refused the summons of the Valar and stayed at Cuiviénen, including all 14 unbegotten Minyar.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman": Note on §57, p. 88
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Editorial Notes [to Quendi and Eldar]", Note 12, p. 418
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman": §57, pp. 81-2
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: C. The Clan-names, with notes on other names for divisions of the Eldar", pp. 380-1
  5. Paul Strack, "Q. Morwë m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 6 August 2023)
  6. Paul Strack, "Q. Nurwë m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 28 March 2024)


Morwë and Nurwë
Born: Between Y.T. 1050 and 1085
None
New position
Leaders of two of the kindreds of the Avari
Y.T. 1105 - unknown
Followed by:
unknown (if any)