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Beleg the Strongbow Anna Lee

Beleg

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Cúthalion, Strongbow
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Chief Marchwarden of Doriath
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Sindar (Elves of Doriath)
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This article is about a the elf of Doriath. For the King of Arnor, see Beleg of Arnor.

Beleg, also known as Beleg Cúthalion or Beleg Strongbow, dubbed for his good bowmanship, was a Sindarin elf who served in the army of King Elu Thingol of Doriath as Chief Marchwarden.[1]

BiographyEdit

Alan Lee - Beleg Departs Menegroth

Beleg Departs Menegroth, by Alan Lee

Beleg "followed no man", and "could not be restrained". Beleg and his friend Mablung were the only Elves of Doriath to fight with the Union of Maedhros in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, as King Thingol would have nothing to do with the war.[2]

Together with Mablung he was one of the great captains of the Sindar, and he was part of the Hunting of the Great Wolf Carcharoth during the trials of Beren and Lúthien.[3][4]

Alan Lee - Beleg

Beleg receives Anglachel, by Alan Lee.

Later, he became a good friend and brother-in-arms of Túrin Turambar. When Túrin left Doriath, Beleg got permission from Thingol to follow him into exile and bring him the kings pardon, wielding the black sword Anglachel that Eöl had forged and given to Thingol in tribute.[5] Beleg found the band of outlaws Turin was leading while Turin was away scouting, and was tortured by the outlaws until Turin found and released him. Unable to persuade Turin to return to Doriath with him, Beleg returned to King Thingol and gained permission to join Turin.[6] He went into the wilds again and found Turin on Amon Rûdh.[7] Together with Túrin, wearing the Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin, he became for a while a captain against Morgoth, and the land they dwelt in became known as the Land of Bow and Helm or Dor-Cuarthol in Sindarin.[8]

Ted Nasmith - Beleg is Slain

Beleg is Slain, by Ted Nasmith

When Túrin was captured by the Orcs, Beleg was grievously wounded, yet with the knowledge and strength of an elite elven warrior, he recovered and followed the Orcs. He met the escaped thrall Gwindor in Taur-nu-Fuin and together they rescued Túrin, but as Beleg cut the bonds from Túrin's wrists and ankles he slipped, accidentally cutting Túrin with his sword. Túrin awoke and did not recognize Beleg in the darkness, assuming the shape bent over him with a blade was an orc and that he was to be tortured again. In a sudden rage of self-defense, he wrested the sword from Beleg and killed him.[9][10]

After his death Túrin made the song Laer Cú Beleg, The Song of the Great Bow and was known to sing it at times of grief and pain, in honor of his fallen friend and comrade.[10]

EtymologyEdit

In Sindarin, Beleg means "mighty".[11] His epessë Cúthalion means "Strongbow".[12][13]

WeaponsEdit

He wielded the sword Anglachel, forged by Eol, and given to Beleg by King Thingol. His bow was called Belthronding[10] and his arrow was Dailir.

AppearancesEdit

GalleryEdit

Brothers in Arms by WF74
Beleg (left) and Mablung in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, by Wouter Florusse (WF74).
Beleg by Filat
Beleg somewhere in the Beleriand, by Filat

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVIII: "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XX: "Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  3. The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Beren and Lúthien"
  4. Beleg at the Encyclopedia of Arda
  5. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, V: "Túrin in Doriath"
  6. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, VI: "Túrin among the Outlaws"
  7. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, VII: "Of Mîm the Dwarf"
  8. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, VIII: "The Land of Bow and Helm"
  9. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, IX: "The Death of Beleg"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXI: "Of Túrin Turambar"
  11. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  12. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  13. The Children of Húrin, List of Names

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