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Dates
Born III 2922; lived until at least III 29631
Race
Culture
Originally a Gondorian of Lossarnach, but later settled in Rohan
Settlements
Morwen would have dwelt in Edoras after III 2953
Pronunciation
mo'rwen
Meaning
'Black (haired) maiden'2
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Morwen Steelsheen

The mother of Théoden

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Thengel
Morwen
Steelsheen

Unnamed
daughter
Théoden
Unnamed
daughter
Unnamed
daughter
Théodwyn

Also called Morwen of Lossarnach, the queen to King Thengel of Rohan, and mother to his heir Théoden. She was much younger than her husband, who wedded her late in his life, and they lived for a time in her homeland of Lossarnach, to the south and west of Minas Tirith. When his father Fengel died, Thengel inherited Kingship of Rohan, and travelled with Morwen back to his own land. Morwen bore five children in all, including Thengel's heir Théoden, and Théodwyn, who would be the mother of Éomer and Éowyn.


Notes

1

The date of Morwen's death is not recorded, but her youngest child (Théodwyn) was born in III 2963, so Morwen must have lived until at least this date.

2

It seems likely that the choice of Morwen's name was at least influenced by Morwen Elfsheen, the mother of Túrin in the First Age. Nonetheless the name would make little sense if the later Morwen didn't also have dark hair.

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Steelsheen

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