- For other namesakes see: Barahir (disambiguation)
Barahir (FA 402 - FA 460) was a Man of Dorthonion during the First Age, heir to the House of Bëor, son of Bregor, husband of Emeldir, and most famous as the father of Beren. He was also the Lord of Ladros.
Earlier, Barahir had fought at the Dagor Bragollach (Battle of Sudden Flame), saving Finrod Felagund's life earning him and his house the friendship of the House of Finarfin. For this, he received "Barahir's Ring", which was then handed down the family line. After the Dagor Bragollach, he lived with 11 companions on the highland of Dorthonion at Tarn Aeluin as outlaws defying the will of Morgoth whose forces hunted him and his company like wild beasts.
For five years, Barahir led a doomed company until FA 460 when they were betrayed to Sauron by Gorlim the Unhappy, a lovesick member of Barahir's company and was killed at Tarn Aeluin along with everyone in his company save for Beren who was not there. Barahir's remains were buried in a cairn by his son at Tarn Aeluin save for his hand which was chopped off by an Orc captain. Beren later slew the captain and recovered the ring. Beren then escaped Dorthonion and lived to fulfill a great destiny.
Barahir’s service to Finrod and House of Finarfin left behind a legacy of respect between the House of Bëor, later generations of Men, and Elves. This friendship led to the close association of the elves and the Dúnedain of Númenor and Arnor and Gondor. His ring also became an heirloom of the Dúnedain of the North of Middle-earth.
- The Silmarillion: Of Men pg. 105
- The Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West pg. 148
- The Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin pg. 161
- The Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien pgs. 162-64