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Maedhros searches for Eluréd and Elurín in vain (Eluréd and Elurín shown in the lower right-hand side), by Jenny Dolfen

Eluréd and Elurín

Biographical information

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Date of birth
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
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Physical description

Elves of Ossiriand, Elves of Doriath (House of Thingol)
Hair color
Possibly dark
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Eluréd and Elurín were the twin sons of Dior Eluchîl, son of Beren and Lúthien, and Dior's Elven wife, Nimloth.


Eluréd and Elurín were both born in the short-lived renewed Kingdom of Doriath under their father Dior. They were named after their great-grandfather Elu Thingol, the King of Doriath. They had a younger sister named Elwing.[2]

The boys lived peaceful with their father and mother in Menegroth until the dreaded Oath of Fëanor descended on Doriath due to Dior's failure to turn over the Silmaril, under the threat of war. When the Sons of Fëanor, attacked, the twins were seized by the cruel servants of Celegorm and abandoned in the forest to die. However, Maedhros, the eldest of the Sons of Fëanor, repented of the deed and sought in vain for them in the surrounding forest without success.[2]

They were never found and were presumed to have perished in the forest. Tradition among the Nandor of Ossiriand held that they were led to the safety of the woodlands by birds and beasts and survived.[2]


The name Elurín was a Sindarin word that means "Remembrance of Elu", which came from the words Elu, which was another name for Thingol, and ren ("recall, have in mind").[3]

Eluréd has less clear origins. The latter element réd may have come from the Bëorian word rêda ("heir").[3]

Earlier namesEdit

Eluréd and Elurín were initially called Eldún and Elrún.[3] In other writings, they were given the name Elboron and Elbereth. These names were also the earlier names for the sons of Elrond, Elladan and Elrohir.[4]

House of ThingolEdit

Tolkien - House of Elwe (Thingol)

Dior Eluchil
Eluréd and Elurín

Other versions of the legendariumEdit

Eluréd and Elurín were not twins, and were born in FA 492. Both brothers died in FA 506, but their father Dior died six years later, in FA 511. Christopher Tolkien later corrected this mistake.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels, V. The Tale of Years
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXII: "Of the Ruin of Doriath"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XII: "The Problem of Ros"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 8: The War of the Ring, Part Three: Minas Tirith, IV: "Many Roads Lead Eastward (1)"
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels, Part Two: The Later Quenta Silmarillion, XIV: "Of the Coming of Men into the West", (i) The House of Bëor

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