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Dragonhead of the North

The Helm of Hador

An immense Dwarf-helm crowned with the image of Glaurung the Golden, and made originally by Telchar the Smith for Azaghâl of Belegost. Azaghâl sent it as a reward to Maedhros, and Maedhros in turn passed it as a gift to Fingon. It was said that none in Fingon's kingdom could bear the Dragonhead except Hador Lórindol and his son Galdor, and so it became an heirloom of the House of Hador. It was kept in Hithlum even in the years after the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, when Hador's great-grandson Túrin was sent away to be fostered in Doriath. His mother Morwen sent the Helm after him, and so he received it from King Thingol in his youth.

When he had grown in stature enough to bear arms and wear the Helm, Túrin bore the Dragonhead to battle on the borders of Doriath. It later became famous as the 'Helm' of Dor-Cúarthol, the Land of Bow and Helm. In later years, after the fall of Dor-Cúarthol, Túrin was present at the Sack of Nargothrond by Glaurung the Dragon. Thus Túrin finally met the monster whose form had been sculpted on his famous Helm, and whom he was destined to slay.

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