11 June 2012

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 346: Húrin

Húrin, the elder son of Galdor and Hareth, was a Lord of the First House, considered the greatest warrior of all the Edain of the First Age. For his heroic efforts, he was called Húrin Thalion (‘the Steadfast’).

With his brother Huor, he spent a year in Gondolin before returning to Dor-lómin, where he wedded Morwen of the First House. She bore him three children: Túrin, Lalaith (who died early), and Nienor.

In 462 FA, Húrin broke the siege of Barad Eithel, in which his father was slain, and with his brother led the Edain in the Union of Maedhros and the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. Húrin, the only survivor of the rearguard covering the retreat to Gondolin, slew seventy trolls before being captured and brought to Angband. Morgoth knew that Húrin’s courage was so great that he would defy him to the end, and so he did not torture him. When he refused to reveal the location of the hidden city, Morgoth cursed him and his wife and children, and set him in a high place of Thangorodrim, where he remained for twenty-eight years.

A year after the death of his son Túrin, Húrin was freed by Morgoth. Embittered, he wandered through Beleriand; in Dimbar he called for Turgon, thus revealing to Morgoth the exact location of Gondolin. After thirty years apart, he found his wife in Cabed Naeramarth, and held her once more in his arms before she died of grief and weariness. He buried her with Túrin. Next he went to Nargothrond, slew Mîm, and reclaimed the Nauglamír, which he brought to Thingol in Menegroth. There, Melian released him from the deceptions of Morgoth, and soon he departed, never to be seen again by Man or Elf. (In slaying himself not long after, he became the last victim of the curse placed upon his line.)

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