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Dates
The earliest known example, the Narn i Chîn Húrin, dates from the late First Age
Race
Originated with the Elves, but narns were also created by Men
Pronunciation
n'arn
Meaning
Narn is the Sindarin word for 'tale' or 'saga'

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Narns

Tales told in verse

The name used by the Elves for tales composed in verse, intended to be spoken aloud rather than sung. They were properly made using a poetic mode known as Minlamed thent / estent. The most famous narn known to exist was also the longest ever created: the Narn i Chîn Húrin ('Tale of the Children of Húrin') written in Sindarin by the Mannish poet Dírhavel.


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