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Grave of the Children of Húrin

The forest land of Brethil

The kin of Húrin were cursed by Melkor, and his son Túrin, especially, was followed by disaster wherever he travelled in Middle-earth. It was through Túrin's pride that Nargothrond was sacked by Melkor's forces, and after wandering to his homeland in the cold north for a time, Túrin came at last to Brethil, whose people accepted him.

Soon after Túrin's arrival in Brethil, another strange figure came there: a mute and feral young woman that Túrin gave the name Níniel. After a time the two became betrothed and wed. When the Dragon Glaurung approached Brethil, Túrin set out to defeat him. Though he succeeded in that quest, the monster revealed the truth before his death: that Níniel was Túrin's sister Niënor, born after he had left his home in Dor-lómin.

Recovering her lost memories and realizing that she had married her own brother, Niënor was filled with horror, and cast herself in the River Teiglin. When Túrin later discovered the truth himself, he also took his own life, casting himself on his black sword Gurthang. So Brethil came to be remembered by a name that Brandir the Lord of Brethil had given his land, Sarch nia Hîn Húrin, the Grave of the Children of Húrin.


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Sarch nia Hîn Húrin

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