|Dírhaval (left) in "The Lay of the Children of Hurin" by Juliana Pinho|
|Death||F.A. 538 |
|Notable for||composing Narn i Chîn Húrin|
|House||House of Hador|
|Gallery||Images of Dírhaval|
Dírhaval was known as a poet, though he only produced a single poem. Drawing on the knowledge and memories of the people of Doriath, Dor-lómin, and other lands of Beleriand that were gathered at the Mouths of Sirion, he wrote Narn i Chîn Húrin ("Tale of the Children of Húrin"), telling the story of Morgoth's curse on Húrin's children Túrin and Nienor. It was written in Sindarin, in which he had great skill, and it was the longest of all the lays to come out of Beleriand.
Dírhaval did not write other poems or lays, as the Silmaril captured by Beren and Lúthien was in the keeping of Elwing: soon the Sons of Fëanor launched an attack on the exiles in the Havens of Sirion to claim it. Dírhaval was one of those who fell in the Third Kinslaying.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Narn i Hîn Húrin (The Tale of the Children of Húrin)", "Notes", p. 146
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Three. The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings not forming part of the Quenta Silmarillion: II. Ælfwine and Dírhaval", pp. 311, 313