Rían

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This article is about the daughter of Belegund. For the daughter of Steward Barahir of Gondor, see Rían (daughter of Steward Barahir).
Rían
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"Rian" by ForeverMedhok
Biographical Information
LocationLadros
BirthF.A. 450
DeathF.A. 472 (aged 22)
Haudh-en-Nirnaeth
Family
HouseHouse of Bëor
ParentageBelegund
SpouseHuor
ChildrenTuor
Physical Description
GenderFemale
GalleryImages of Rían

Ar·phent Rían Tuor·na: man agorech?

Rían was the daughter of Belegund of the House of Bëor,[1] the wife of Huor of the House of Hador, and the mother of Tuor.[2] Rían was said to be gentle of heart, a lover of trees and wild flowers, and was known as a singer and maker of songs.[3]

History

Rían was born in F.A. 450.[4] She was only a young girl when the Dagor Bragollach erupted and was lost by Elves and Men in 455. In the wake of the defeat, her father Belegund became a companion of Barahir, who contested Morgoth's dominion over Dorthonion. But by 456, as Morgoth tightened his grip upon the land, Rían was led to safety with the other women and children by Emeldir, the wife of Barahir.[5] The refugees eventually reached Dor-lómin by way of Brethil.[6]

In F.A. 472, Rían wedded Huor of the House of Marach,[7] whose brother Húrin was married to Rían's cousin Morwen.[1] They had been married for only two months when Huor joined Húrin and left to fight in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad.[8]

Rían searches the Hill of Slain by Alan Lee

In the Nirnaeth Arnoediad Huor was slain in the rearguard of King Turgon. His body, along with that of many Elves and Men, went into a great hill in the midst of Anfauglith which thereafter was called the Haudh-en-Nirnaeth.[9]

Rían, having heard no word of her husband's fate, went into the wild seeking tidings. She gave birth to a son, Tuor, and committed him to the care of Annael of the Elves of Mithrim. Rían made her way to Haudh-en-Nirnaeth and died of grief upon the mound.[8] She was only 22 years old when she died.

Etymology

Rían is Sindarin for "Crown-gift", from ("crown, garland") + ann ("gift").[10]

Genealogy

Bregor
359 - 448
Bregil
b. 386
Hirwen
389
Bregolas
393 - 455
Gilwen
b. 397
Barahir
400 - 460
Emeldir
b. 406
Beleth
b. 417
Baragund
420 - 460
Belegund
422 - 460
Beren
432 - 503
Lúthien
Y.T. 1200 - F.A. 503
Húrin
441 - 502
Morwen
441 - 501
RÍAN
450 - 472
Huor
444 - 472
Dior
470 - 506
Nimloth
d. 506
Túrin
464 - 499
Lalaith
466 - 469
Nienor
473 - 499
Tuor
b. 472
Idril
b. Y.T.
Eärendil
b. 503
Elwing
b. F.A. 503
Elros
F.A. 532 - S.A. 442
Elrond
born F.A. 532

Other versions of the legendarium

In an early version of the Grey Annals the wife of Belegund and Rían were in Hithlum when the Dagor Bragollach occurred and thus they did not have to escape from Dorthonion. This was superseded by the story of Emeldir and her escape with the women and children from the highlands.[11]

In the Grey Annals, the year of Rían's marriage to Huor was F.A. 471 in one paragraph,[12] yet in the year 472 it is said that they wedded in the first days of spring and that Huor was summoned to battle two months later.[7] In The Silmarillion the latter version was used.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 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)", (i) The House of Bëor, p. 231
  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)", (ii) The House of Hador, p. 234
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Childhood of Túrin", p. 34
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part One. The Grey Annals": §144
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part One. The Grey Annals": §159
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  7. 7.0 7.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part One. The Grey Annals": §218
  8. 8.0 8.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Túrin Turambar"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", entry "RIG"
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part One. The Grey Annals": Note on §159
  12. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part One. The Grey Annals": §216