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Mound of the Elf-maid

The grave of Finduilas

After the Sack of Nargothrond, the victorious Orcs led off their prisoners into the North, and among those prisoners was Finduilas the daughter of Orodreth. The Orcs had travelled as far as the Crossings of Teiglin on the borders of Brethil when a band of the Haladin intercepted them. Rather than permit their captives to be rescued, the Orcs cruelly slaughtered their own prisoners before they were defeated.

The Men of Brethil made a grave mound for Finduilas near the Crossings, and they named it Haudh-en-Elleth, or the Mound of the Elf-maid. When Túrin came to Brethil, he defended the grave and made the Orcs terrified to approach it. It was on this mound that he later found the woman he came to know as Níniel, who would become his wife.

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