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The name Morwen refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Morwen (disambiguation).
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Morwen Eledhwen
Adan
Biographical Information
Other namesEledhwen (S, "Elfsheen")
TitlesLady of Dor-lómin
LocationLadros; Dor-lómin; Doriath
BirthF.A. 443
Ladros
DeathF.A. 500 (aged 57)
Cabed Naeramarth
Family
HouseHouse of Bëor
ParentageBaragund
SpouseHúrin Thalion
ChildrenTúrin Turambar, Lalaith, Nienor
Physical Description
GenderFemale
Hair colorDark

Morwen was a daughter of Baragund of the House of Bëor, and she married Húrin of the House of Marach. She was the mother of Túrin Turambar, Nienor and Lalaith. She is described as being tall, slender and fair, having a stern and cold disposition. Her son Túrin, but not her daughters, inherited her tendency to keep her emotions and thougths to herself. [1]

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[edit] History

After Húrin's departure to fight for Fingon at the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, Morwen remained in her husband's house as the Lady of Dor-Lómin. After Morgoth's victory at the Nirnaeth, hordes of Easterlings invaded Hithlum. Even though they took control of the land, they left Morwen and her household alone for a while, believing her to be a witch with dealings with the Elves. She was indeed in contact with small groups of Elves living in the mountains close to her house, but from them she received only information, and that very scant. Eventually she thought it best to send her only surviving child, Túrin, to Doriath to seek refuge. Being pregnant, and out of fear of drawing the Easterlings' attention, Morwen herself remained in Dor-Lómin. After Túrin was adopted by King Thingol, the latter sent messengers back to Hithlum. Learning that her son was safe, Morwen was relieved, but in spite of Thingol's invitation and Melian's gifts, she refused to leave her home, not the least because her daughter Nienor was still a baby. [1]

[edit] Etymology

Morwen means "Dark Maiden" in Sindarin (from môr = "darkness, dark, night" and gwenn = "maiden"). Her epithet, Eledhwen, means "Elf-maiden" (from edhel = "Elf" and gwenn = "maiden"); Tolkien also translates it as "Elfsheen", which is a rendeding of Old English ælf-scīene "bright as fairy, of elfin beauty". Both definitions are in reference to her noble bearing.

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
Bregolas
 
 
 
Halmir
 
Hador Lórindol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Belegund
 
Baragund
 
Hareth
 
Galdor of Dor-lómin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MORWEN
 
Húrin
 
Huor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Túrin
 
Lalaith
 
Nienor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


[edit] See Also

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Narn i Hîn Húrin (The Tale of the Children of Húrin)""