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, and was a key figure in the betrayal of their love to Thingol.
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 invented the Cirth, which would later become an important writing form.
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.
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.
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.
Daeron possibly meant "shadow of trees" and Dairon was his name in Doriathrin, a dialect of Sindarin.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIX: "Of Beren and Lúthien"
- ↑ The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter X: "Of the Sindar"
- ↑ The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIII: "Of the Return of the Noldor"
- ↑ The Complete Guide to Middle-earth