After Túrin was captured at Bar-en-Danwedh, Beleg set out to rescue him, and tracked his captors into the woods of Taur-nu-Fuin. There, he met Gwindor, an Elf of Nargothrond who had escaped the dungeons of Morgoth. Together they released Túrin from the Orcs who held him, but waking suddenly, he mistook Beleg for an enemy, and slew him.
For a long time, Túrin was filled with a madness of grief over his act, but after he was healed, Gwindor led him to his old home at Nargothrond. There, Túrin concealed his identity, hoping to hide from the dark fate Morgoth had set for him. In memory of his slaying of Beleg, he took a new name, Agarwaen, meaning 'Bloodstained'.
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