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Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin

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Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin
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"The Dragon Helm of Dor-lómin" by Alan Lee
Other namesHelm of Hador
OwnerAzaghâl, Maedhros, Fingon, Hador, Galdor, Húrin, Túrin
AppearanceVisored steel helm, embelished with gold and runes, bearing a crest in the image of the head of Glaurung
Nogrod, c. F.A. 260
GalleryImages of the Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin

The Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin, also known as the Helm of Hador, was a visored steel helm, embossed and embellished with gold and runes, that bore as its crest an image of the head of Glaurung. It was said to bear an enchantment that protected its wearer from wounds and struck fear into the hearts of enemies.

[edit] History

The helm was forged sometime after F.A. 260 by the dwarf-smith Telchar for his lord Azaghâl, who then gave it as a gift to Maedhros. He in turn passed it on to his cousin Fingon. In 416 Fingolfin, the High King of the Noldor, created the fiefdom of Dor-lómin and made Hador the first Lord of Dor-lómin. To celebrate the event Fingon presented Hador with the helm.

The Dragon-helm was crafted for a Dwarf and was too large and heavy for an Elf. Even Men found the helm was too massive, and only Hador and some of his descendants had the strength to wear it. He and his son Galdor wore it often in combat, and their troops gained morale when they saw the massive crest towering over the other helms in battle. Unfortunately, Galdor didn't wear the helm when a host of orcs assaulted Eithel Sirion, and was slain by an arrow. His son Húrin kept the helm but seldom wore it, being of shorter stature and greater pride. After his capture by Morgoth, Morwen kept the helm, and sent it to Doriath with Túrin Turambar.[1]

The Helm was left in Doriath when Túrin fled it, but Beleg took it with him on his quest to find his friend. He delivered it when they met on Amon Rûdh. Túrin was monstrous in war and took one of his many titles from it: Gorthol, the "Dread Helm". The Two Captains were known as "the Bow and the Helm" after their gear.

The last clear record of the Dragon-helm is at the Battle of Tumhalad, where Túrin is known to have worn it.

[edit] See also


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