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Elurín

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Elurín
Half-elf
Biographical Information
LocationDoriath
LanguageSindarin (Doriathrin)
BirthF.A. 500
near Lanthir Lamath
DeathF.A. 507 (aged 7)
Menegroth, in Second Kinslaying
Family
HeritageHalf-elven father, Elf mother
ParentageDior and Nimloth
SiblingsEluréd (twin) and Elwing
Physical Description
GenderMale

Elurín (F.A. 500[1]506[2]) was a son of Dior Eluchíl and Nimloth. He had a twin brother named Eluréd and a sister Elwing, and all three had been born in Lanthir Lamath while Beren and Lúthien lived there. However, after the host of the Naugrim had plundered Menegroth, Dior brought his family to the Thousand Caves to renew the kingdom of Doriath.

But soon, after not many years had passed, a messenger brought the Nauglamír to Dior, which told him that Beren and Lúthien were gone from the world. The news that Necklace of the Dwarves, which bore one of the Silmarils, was in Dior's keeping provoked the sons of Fëanor to attack Menegroth. Dior and Nimloth were slain and Eluréd and Elurín were captured (Elwing escaped with the Silmaril). The two young boys were taken into the woods by the servants of Celegorm and left to starve. Maedhros repented and sought for the two but never found them.[3]

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[edit] Etymology

His Sindarin name means "Remembrance of Elu".[4]

[edit] Other Versions of the Legendarium

In an early stage, Eluréd was called "Elboron", and his brother "Elbereth", both Ilkorin names. During the writing of The Lord of the Rings, the name Elbereth was applied to Varda, and the brothers were renamed as "Eldún" and "Elrún".[5][note 1]

In the genealogical table of the House of Bëor, "Elrún"'s date of birth was given as F.A. 495 (and he was not a twin). He and his brother did die in 506 but their father died in 511. In commentary following the table, Christopher Tolkien explained the year of 511 for Dior's death was incorrect and that in later sources the two brothers were twins born in F.A. 500.[6]

Notes

  1. As the name appears in The Etymologies under the stem RO, it is possible that the name means *"star-rise"

References

  1. 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: I. The Wanderings of Húrin"
  2. 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: V. The Tale of Years"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Doriath"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", entries BARATH, BER, RO
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Two. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West (Chapter 14)", (i) The House of Bëor