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The three-hundred-and-first Folkmoot of Judgment was the trial of Húrin, in Brethil, at the end of his imprisonment, held and ordered by Hardang, who was Chieftan of the Haladin.


It was at this event that Hardang, sitting upon the Angbor (or "Doom-rock") alongside men of his household, would carry out a verdict of judgment on Húrin for his recent wrongdoings. An assembly of nearly a thousand folk were present, sitting around a multiple-floor Moot-ring in the middle of which was the Angbor.

Húrin's charges were wounding the Chieftan Hardang's head in his household with a stool, for being outwardly ungrateful to the company of guards that found him in Haudh-en-Elleth by spitting out the food they gave him, as reported by Avranc, and for having the overall evil intent of coming into Brethil so as to kill the Halad (the Chieftan) at the bidding of Angband, from where Húrin was known to have come. Manthor, the guard-captain and Master of the Northmarch who had found Húrin at Haudh-en-Elleth a few days prior, and who had befriended Húrin during Húrin's imprisonment, was his defendant.

Over the course of the moot, Manthor holds a long debate with Avranc and with Hardang, presenting true cases against the charge of Húrin's ungratefulness and of his intent to slay Hardang. By the end, Húrin speaks of the circumstance of his errand in Brethil, involving the fact that Túrin Turambar, Nienor, and Morwen, his children and wife, died there; and turns the hearts of roughly half of the assembled folk against Hardang. A schism of the assembly into two parties resulted, and eventually a revolt and a battle broke out between the two, during which Avranc and Hardang fled. The Hall of the Haladin was burned, out of which Hardang and Avranc were making an escape moments before before Hardang was speared from behind, and died.


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