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Húrin I

The fifth Ruling Steward of Gondor

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Túrin I

Stewards of Gondor

Húrin I was the son of Belegorn, and descended in right line from Húrin of Emyn Arnen, the founder of the House of Húrin to which all the Ruling Stewards belonged. Húrin's name was even more ancient than that of his illustrious ancestor - it is taken from Húrin Thalion, a hero of the Edain in the First Age.

Húrin I ruled during the time of the Watchful Peace, during which Sauron had retreated into the East, and the Nazgûl remained, threatening but silent, in Minas Morgul. The Peace would last long after Húrin's time; it broke with the return of Sauron to Dol Guldur during the rule of Húrin's descendant Denethor I, more than two hundred years after Húrin's death.

Húrin ruled as Steward for forty years, and was succeeded by his son, who became Túrin I.



The date of Húrin's birth appears only in The History of Middle-earth volume 12, The Peoples of Middle-earth. It cannot therefore be considered completely reliable.


Literally interpreted, the name Húrin combines Elvish words for 'vigour' and 'heart'. However, it seems likely that Húrin I was named in memory of his illustrious ancestor Húrin of Emyn Arnen, founder of the line of the Stewards, or for the great hero Húrin Thalion of the First Age.

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