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Marchwardens

The Journey of Morwen and Nienor to Nargothrond by Alan Lee

The Marchwardens were Sindar (Iathrim) in Thingol's army assigned to guarding the borders of the forest of Doriath, including such places as Aelin-uial. Their chief was Mablung of the Heavy Hand. For awhile Túrin joined them in the north-marches to wage war upon the Orcs.[1]

After the Fell Winter, Marchwardens encountered Elves of Nargothrond who survived the disastrous Battle of Tumhalad and sought refuge to Doriath; and led them to Thingol, bringing news from Nargothrond. Morwen then fled Doriath seeking news of her son, and Mablung with hardy Marchwardens were tasked to bring her back; unknown to them Nienor came disguised with them.[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "Túrin in Doriath"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Journey of Morwen and Niënor to Nargothrond"