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Lady of Dor-lómin

A title of Morwen Eledhwen

"Farewell, Lady of Dor-lómin; we ride now with greater hope than ever we have known before."
Words of Húrin to Morwen, on his departure for the Nirnaeth Arnoediad
from Narn i Chîn Húrin
in Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth

A title given to Morwen Eledhwen1, daughter of Baragund, who was wedded to Lord Húrin of Dor-lómin. She was the mother of three children: Lalaith (who died while still very young), Túrin and Niënor. Her husband rode away to the Nirnaeth Arnoediad before Niënor was born, and when he did not return, Morwen sent Túrin away to Doriath to be fostered by King Thingol.

After Morgoth's victory in the great battle, Dor-lómin became overrun by Easterlings, and its former Lady's life was a desperate one. At last, after years of hardship, she fled across the mountains. With her daughter Niënor she followed Túrin to Doriath, only to find that he was no longer there. Pursuing a rumour that he was in Nargothrond, Morwen travelled there, only to find it sacked and deserted - apart from the dragon Glaurung. Niënor became separated from her mother and her escort, and was enchanted by the dragon. Under his spell, she fled into the wild. So, Morwen lost not only her homeland and husband, but all three of her children.

For all the tragedy of her life, the Lady of Dor-lómin did not die alone. In her last hours, she was reunited with her husband Húrin, who had been Morgoth's captive for many long years. They met by the grave marker of Túrin and Niënor, and after Morwen's death, Húrin buried his wife in the same place, carving her name on the stone. Legend said that even after the drowning of Beleriand, the grave of the Lady of Dor-lómin survived the deluge, and an island named Tol Morwen was said to stand among the seas west of Middle-earth.


Notes

1

Actually, there were several Lords of Dor-lómin, and so presumably there were also several Ladies. However, Morwen is the only one that we know was specifically addressed by this title.

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