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Dates
I 4431 - I 501 (lived 58 years)
Race
Division
Culture
Family
Descended from the House of Bëor; married into the House of Hador
Settlements
A homestead in the southern regions of Dor-lómin
Pronunciation
m'orwen
Meaning
'Dark (haired) maiden'2
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Morwen

The raven-haired mother of Túrin Turambar

The daughter of Baragund of the House of Bëor, she wedded Húrin Thalion and was the mother of Túrin Turambar.


Notes

1

The date of Morwen's birth appears on a genealogical chart in volume 11 of The History of Middle-earth. It is not therefore strictly canonical, but the date of I 443 fits well with other established events.

2

In The History of the Hobbit, John D. Rateliff suggests an interpretation of the name Morwen as 'daughter of night', and this entirely reasonable based purely on the elements of her name. However, in the essay Quendi and Eldar in volume 11 of The History of Middle-earth, Tolkien gives an explicit interpretation of the name: 'Túrin's mother was named Morwen, 'dark maiden', because of her dark hair...'.

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