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Other names
Gorlim the Unhappy
Date of birth
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Presumably a Sword and a Bow

Physical description

Men, later Wraith
Hair color
Eye color

The main part of this article relates to the last versions of Middle-earth's history, and as such may controvert parts of The Silmarillion. See Middle-earth canon for a discussion. This subject's portrayal in earlier or alternative versions is discussed in the other versions of the legendarium section.

Gorlim was one of the companions of Barahir and his band of outlaws in Dorthonion.


The Tale of Beren and Lúthien in The Silmarillion describes how Barahir, last lord of the Men of Ladros in Dorthonion, remained as an outlaw in his own land after it was lost to the Dark Lords Morgoth and Sauron in the Dagor Bragollach.

Barahir had twelve companions, one of these Gorlim, son of Angrim, but all their kin were scattered or killed. As Barahir and companions were camping at a secret hide-out in southern Ladros, Gorlim went out hunting near the area where he once lived, when he suddenly saw his old house standing as it long had, and through the window he saw his presumably dead wife, Eilinel. He came out of hiding to go to her, when he was captured by Orcs from the Fortresses of Lord Sauron and Lord Morgoth.

Gorlim was brought before Sauron, who told Gorlim that in return for revealing where Barahir and his company were hiding he would be reunited with his beloved wife. Gorlim accepted the offer and Barahir and his company were betrayed. Then Sauron revealed that Gorlim had seen but a spectre devised by him, for his wife was already dead, but that he would keep his word and reunite Gorlim with his wife: he had Gorlim slashed to death by the orcs.

After Sauron's Orc-warriors had slain all of Barahir's remaining men but for his son Beren, who was out hunting Orcs, Gorlim appeared as a spectre before Beren, and confessed what he had done, giving Beren a chance to reclaim the Ring of Barahir, heirloom of his house, and escape alive.[2][3][4]

Other versions of the legendariumEdit

In an earlier version of the Lay of Leithian, it was Morgoth himself that tricked Gorlim into betraying Barahir and his company, not his lieutenant Sauron.[5][6]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Russian Горлим
Yiddish גאָרלים

Barahir Band of Outlaws

Barahir | Beren | Gildor | Belegund | Baragund | Gorlim | Urthel | Dagnir | Ragnor | Radhruin | Dairuin | Arthad | Hathaldir


  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVIII: "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIX: "Of Beren and Lúthien"
  4. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 3: The Lays of Beleriand, III: "The Lay of Leithian", Canto II
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lay of Leithian

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