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c. I 432 - I 466 (lived approximately 34 years); returned and lived I 467 - I 503 (a further 36 years)1
be'ren airchah'mion ('ch' is pronounced as in 'Bach')
Beren means 'bold, daring'2


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The one-handed hero of the Quest of the Silmaril

The outlaws of Ladros

The great hero of the First Age who, with the aid of Lúthien Tinúviel and Finrod Felagund, succeeded in gaining a Silmaril from the Iron Crown of Morgoth.



Beren's dates were subject to several revisions, and the full details of his birth and death are unclear. The dates given here are taken from various sources in volume XI of The History of Middle-earth, especially The Grey Annals and The Tale of Years. Beren's date of birth is particularly uncertain; it is given as I 432 in a genealogy of the House of Bëor, but the other dates from that source were revised (in some cases several times), so it is far from certain whether this date was intended to stand.


At least, according to the The Etymologies. (The History of Middle-earth volume V, The Lost Road and Other Writings III The Etymologies).

See also...

Anfauglir, Angrist, Aranel, Barahir, Bëorians, Beren, Bow of Bregor, Camlost, Carcharoth, Celegorm, Dairuin, Dark Throne, Dior, Dírhavel, Doors of Angband, [See the full list...]


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  • Updated 14 November 1998
  • Updates planned: 17

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