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Dairon sketch by Filat
Daeron, Loremaster and Minstrel of Doriath, by Filat


Biographical information

Other names
Loremaster and Minstrel of Doriath
Date of birth
YT ?
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled

Physical description

Sindar, Elves of Doriath, Lambengolmor
Hair color
Eye color

Daeron (also spelled "Dairon") was a Sindarin elf of Doriath and King Thingol's loremaster and minstrel. Because of his love for Lúthien, he was jealous of Beren One-hand, and was a key figure in the betrayal of their love to Thingol.[1]

Daeron was a brilliant loremaster and was the greatest musician in Middle-earth. Second to him was Maglor, one of Feanor's sons.[1]


Daeron was born in Middle-earth at some undetermined time. Following the folk of Elwë, he became an important elf close to King Thingol, serving as his loremaster and minstrel. He devised the Cirth (familiarly known as Runes), which would later become an important writing form.[2]

Daeron and Mablung both attended the Mereth Aderthad to bear greetings from their King.[3]

He loved Lúthien more than anything, devising music in her honor and often played it while she danced. Twenty years after the Return of the Ñoldor, he attended the Mereth Aderthad with his kinsman Mablung bearing gifts and greetings to the Ñoldor from the King of Doriath. Hundreds of years later when Beren came to Doriath, his jealousy of their love for each other caused him to spy on them both and report what he saw and heard to Thingol.[1]

Daeron by Filat

Daeron's sorrow, by Filat

Later, when she learned that Sauron had imprisoned Beren, she sought Daeron's counsel but he betrayed her to the king, causing her to be imprisoned in Hírilorn. After she had escaped and went away to find Beren and was feared to be lost, Daeron repented his previous deeds and left Doriath to search for her in vain. He lost his way somewhere in the far East of Middle-earth, where he dwelt in dark places lamenting his love for Lúthien. His fate or whereabouts afterwards in the world are not known.[1]


His invention of the Cirth provided an alphabet of runes that the dwarves adopted in their writings and spread throughout Middle-earth, passing them down from age to age. These runes would later become the script used in Moria and were known as Daeron's Runes.[4]


Daeron possibly meant "shadow of trees" and Dairon was his name in Doriathrin, a dialect of Sindarin.

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Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዻአሮን
Arabic ضايرون
Armenian Դաերոն
Belarusian Даерон
Bengali ডাএরন
Bulgarian Даерон
Dari ضاهرون
Georgian ძაერონ
Greek Δαερον
Gujarati ડ​એરોન
Hebrew דאירונ
Kazakh Даерон
Hindi ड​एरोन
Kurdish داه‌رۆن (Arabic script) Daeron (Latinised)
Kyrgyz Даэрон
Macedonian Даерон
Mongolian Даерон
Nepali ड​एरोन
Pashto ضاېرون
Persian ضاهرون ?
Russian Даэрон
Sanskrit ड​एरोन्
Serbian Даерон (Cyrillic) Daeron (Latinised)
Sinhala ඩැරොන්
Tajik Даерон
Tamil ட​எரொந் ?
Telugu డ​ఎరొన
Ukrainian Даерон
Urdu ضاےرون ?
Uyghur داەرون
Uzbek Даерон (Cyrillic) Daeron (Latinised)
Yiddish דאַעראָן


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIX: "Of Beren and Lúthien"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter X: "Of the Sindar"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIII: "Of the Return of the Noldor"
  4. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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