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Dates
Born c.I 450;1 slain I 489
Race
Division
Culture
Originated among the Men of Dor-lómin; later joined the Gaurwaith
Settlements
One of the outlaws who settled in Bar-en-Danwedh with Túrin
Pronunciation
algund
Meaning
Uncertain2

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Algund

Eldest of the Gaurwaith

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Originally one of the people of Dor-lómin, Algund had lived for a time under the lordship of Húrin Thalion. At the time of the great battle of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, Algund fled from his homeland, and travelled down the Vales of Sirion. Eventually, he fell in with a band of outlaws, the Gaurwaith, who haunted the woodlands of Brethil on the western borders of Doriath.

Late in his life, Algund saw a new member join the band, and eventually come to lead it. This was Túrin, Húrin's son, who had exiled himself from the land of his foster-father Thingol. According to some versions of the tale, Algund was able to recognise the newcomer from his resemblance to his father. No record exists of Algund's fate: most likely, he was slain just a few years after the coming of Túrin, when the outlaws were ambushed by Orcs on the summit of Amon Rûdh.


Notes

1

We don't know exactly when Algund was born, but was old enough to fight in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad of I 472, and by the time Túrin joined the Gaurwaith he was the oldest of their number. These facts combine to make a birthdate of about I 450 likely.

2

We don't have a specific explanation of Algund's name, but it contains Elvish roots that can be interpreted as 'not noble'. This interpretation is entirely speculative, but given his life history of desertion and outlawry it would certainly fit his character.

See also...

Gaurwaith

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