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Used during Túrin's time in Nargothrond (I 490 - I 495)1
Túrin was one of the Men of Dor-lómin, but the name Mormegil was used by the Elves of Nargothrond
'Black Sword', a reference to Túrin's black-bladed sword Gurthang
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A title given to Túrin in Nargothrond

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'The Black Sword'; a name given to Túrin Turambar while he dwelt in the halls of Nargothrond.



The term Mormegil is only ever used in reference to Túrin's time in Nargothrond, where indeed he was commonly known by this name. However, we do have several recorded uses of the translated form 'Black Sword' during Túrin's later years in Brethil, and so it is possible that the Elvish name Mormegil continued in use during this time (that is, until Túrin's death in I 499).

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