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Dates
Extant III 3019
Location
Ruled the Morthond Vale (also called the Blackroot Vale) in Western Gondor
Race
Division
Culture
Settlements
Duinhir's seat was within the Blackroot Vale2
Pronunciation
dui'nheer (where ui is pronounced as in English 'ruin')
Meaning
Apparently 'river lord'3
Titles
Lord of the Blackroot Vale

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Duinhir

Lord of the Blackroot Vale

Duinhir
Duilin
Derufin

The tall lord of the Blackroot Vale, the valley of the River Morthond in western Gondor, under the shadows of the White Mountains. Like most of the Gondorian lords, he went to the support of Minas Tirith in the War of the Ring, taking with him five hundred archers, and also his sons Duilin and Derufin. Though we have an account of his sons' heroic loss in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, history records no mention of Duinhir's own fate. Given his absence from the lists of fallen warriors, he presumably survived the War and returned to his own land beyond Tarlang's Neck, though this cannot be stated with certainty.


Notes

1

Strictly speaking, it is not stated categorically that Duinhir was descended from the Dúnedain. However, his Elvish name and his notable height do seem to imply that this was the case.

2

All we're told about Duinhir's seat is that he came from the uplands at the head of the Morthond Vale (that is, the more mountainous lands at the northern end of the valley). This would place his home somewhere near Erech, but still at some distance from the Stone of Erech (we're specifically told that none of the valley's people dwelt close to the Stone).

3

'River lord' (duin hîr) is not a canonical explanation for Duinhir's name, but it does seem to fit the name's structure. It also makes considerable sense in context, given Duinhir's position as lord of the valley of the one of Gondor's more important rivers.

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