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Dates
Written in the late First Age; describes events that occurred between I 464 and I 499
Origins
Created by the poet Dírhavel at the Havens of Sirion
Race
Division
Culture
Family
House of Hador, and specifically the family of Hador's grandson Húrin
Settlements
Locations directly relevant to the tale include (in the sequence they appear) Menegroth, Bar-en-Danwedh, Nargothrond and Ephel Brandir; while the events of the tale unfold Húrin himself is imprisoned in Angband
Pronunciation
Húrin is pronounced 'hoo'rin'
Meaning
Húrin means 'vigorous heart'
Other names

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"Behold! The shadow of my thought shall lie upon them wherever they go, and my hate shall pursue them to the ends of the world."
Morgoth's curse on Húrin and his kin
from Unfinished Tales Part One II
Narn i Hîn Húrin

A long tale from the histories of the First Age of the World, and indeed the longest to come from that time. It tells the story of Húrin, Morwen and their ill-fated children Lalaith, Túrin, and Niënor. In the Tale, Morgoth captured Húrin in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, and set a curse on him, his wife, and their children. Thereafter, the story traces the life of Húrin's son Túrin as he travels through Beleriand, followed by disaster and sorrow wherever he goes, until his life, and that of his sister Niënor, reach their inevitable and tragic ends.


Notes

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Húrin and his family originated among the Men of Dor-lómin (and at the beginning of the tale, Húrin is lord of that land) but as the tale develops, the members of the family are dispersed across Beleriand. They encounter various other cultures and peoples as they cross the land. Most notably, Húrin's son Túrin is raised among the Elves of Doriath, and later dwells among the Gaurwaith, the Elves of Nargothrond and the Men of Brethil.

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