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Duilin (son of Duinhir)

The name Duilin refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Duilin (disambiguation).
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"Duilin" by The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game
Biographical Information
BirthLate Third Age
Death15 March, T.A. 3019
Battle of the Pelennor Fields
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Duilin

Duilin was one of the two sons of Duinhir, the lord of Blackroot Vale.



With his brother Derufin, Duilin followed his father to Minas Tirith in the War of the Ring,[1] and there they fought in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. The Men of the distant valley of Morthond had great skill as bowmen, and so Duilin and Derufin led their archers against the mûmakil, attempting to shoot out the beasts' eyes. Brave as they were, both the brothers were lost in that battle, trampled by their gigantic foes.[2]


The meaning of Duilin is unclear. In Gnomish the name meant "nightingale"[3] and in the later Noldorin "swallow",[4] but in Sindarin it could be "Singer by the River", containing the same element duin "river" as in the name of his father.[5]


fl. T.A. 3019
d. T.A. 3019
d. T.A. 3019

Portrayal in adaptations

Duilin in adaptations

2001-2007: The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game:

A Decipher card identifies one of the Rangers of Ithilien in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers as Duilin.

2015: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Duilin and his brother were hunting enthusiasts. The brothers accompanied the player into Osgiliath, and the group succeeded in damaging Grond before encountering Gothmog and being forced to retreat. Both brothers die during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields while leading the mûmakil away from the player.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part II", entry "Duilin"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Alphabet of Rúmil & Early Noldorin Fragments", in Parma Eldalamberon XIII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), pp. 120, 142
  5. David Salo, A Gateway to Sindarin, p. 347