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Alan Lee - Hurin in his chair
Hurin at Thangorodrim, upon his chair


Biographical information

Other names
Húrin Thalion, Úmarth
Date of birth
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled

Physical description

Hair color
Golden, Grey (in old age)
Eye color

Húrin, mostly known fully as Húrin Thalion, and also Úmarth was a hero of Men during the First Age and father of the tragic Túrin Turambar. It is said in The Silmarillion that he was the greatest warrior of men in the First Age.


Life in Dor-lóminEdit

Húrin was a grandson of Hador, of the House of Marach or House of Hador. Húrin was the elder son of Galdor of the House of Marach and Hareth of the Haladin, and he had a younger brother Huor. He was known to be of unimpressive stature, so much so that he could not wear the Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin because it was too large on him to fit properly. Despite this, his prowess in combat surpassed that of all his peers.

In the year FA 458 Huor and Húrin dwelt with their kin in the forest of Brethil, when they joined a war party against Orcs. The brothers ended up in the Vale of Sirion, and were cut off from their company. Chased by orcs, the Vala Ulmo caused a mist to arise from the rivers, and the brothers escaped into Dimbar, there two Great Eagles picked them up, and brought them to Gondolin. King Turgon of Gondolin welcomed the brothers, remembering Ulmo's prophecy that the House of Hador would aid Gondolin in their time of greatest need. Turgon wished them to remain as he grew to love them, but the brothers wished to return to their kin. The brothers swore an oath to keep Gondolin secret, and Eagles brought them back to Dor-Lómin.

In FA 462 Morgoth assailed Hithlum and Húrin's father Galdor the Tall fell defending the Ered Wethrin. Húrin chased the Orcs away with heavy losses over the plains of Anfauglith. Afterwards, Húrin was the Lord of Dor-lómin and ruled over the Hadorian fief of Dor-lómin in Hithlum.

Two years later, he wedded Morwen Elf-Sheen of the House of Bëor, and later in the year was born their son Túrin. A daughter Lalaith followed, but she died aged three years old by a plague sent from Angband.

Nirnaeth ArnoediadEdit

Hurin Thalion by GustavoMalek

Hurin Thalion in war, by GustavoMalek.

In FA 473, in the Nírnaeth Arnoediad, Húrin fought alongside Huor and the Sons of Hador. In the midst of battle, he met again with Turgon, and their meeting was sweet. When the battle was lost, Húrin and Huor gathered all the remaining men of the House of Hador and they took a stand fighting off the Orcs, allowing Turgon to escape. Step by step, the army of Morgoth pushed them back. They stepped back until the river Rivil was in front of them, there they did not take one-step back. They kept on fighting until dusk when Huor was slain. In the end, Húrin stood there alone, there he threw his sword and shield on the ground and he took a grand battle-axe of an Orc captain. He waded alone into Gothmog's bodyguard of Trolls, and with every one he slew he yelled with all his voice: "Aure entuluva!" ("Day will come again!") This battle cry was heard seventy times. Húrin fought with the battle axe until the axe itself withered away from the caustic blood of the trolls he had been slaying. He was grappled by the orcs and taken hostage, even though he hewed their limbs off as they grabbed him. Húrin was brought captive to Morgoth, and despite horrific torture, he refused to reveal the location of Gondolin. Due to his defiance, Morgoth cursed him and his family to misery and hopelessness.

Húrin was placed high on the peaks of Thangorodrim, either chained or magically immobilised in a seat where, through the power of Morgoth, he could see all the evils that later befell his son Túrin. He never saw his second daughter Nienor, who was born while he was a captive.

Release from captivity and deathEdit

Alan Lee - The Death of Morwen

The Death of Morwen, by Alan Lee

In the year FA 500, after the death of his children, Morgoth released Húrin, feigning pity to an utterly defeated foe. In reality however, Morgoth hoped that the bitterness and hate that had been wrought in Húrin throughout his years of watching his family suffer would cause strife and misfortune to those whom Húrin encountered. He was brought to his old homelands in Hithlum, but the Easterlings now living there at first did not recognize him and later feared him, believing him to be high in Morgoth's favor. The House of Hador had been destroyed or enslaved. Seven outlaws joined Húrin, and together they went to the vale of Sirion, where he once had known Gondolin. Húrin abandoned the outlaws and sought for the entrance, but Gondolin was closed, and Turgon at first did not wish to allow Húrin in. Húrin cried out against Turgon, thus inadvertently revealing the general location of Gondolin to Morgoth's spies, and then left. Only after he had left did Turgon have a change of heart and send Eagles to fetch him, but they came too late and did not find him.

Húrin continued to the forest of Brethil where his son and daughter had died, and met his wife Morwen there at their grave, just before she, too, died. In anger and despair, he sought out the Haladin, blaming them for the death of his wife and children, and after being put on trial caused a revolt in which Hardang, of the house of Haldad, was slain. Húrin met up again with the outlaws, and together with a few of the Haladin, they went to Nargothrond, where Húrin killed the Petty-dwarf Mîm who had claimed the treasure of Glaurung, earning a curse on the gold. Húrin and his outlaws brought the treasure to Doriath, insulting Thingol by giving it as a fee for his 'good care' of Húrin's kin. The outlaws did not accept this, and a bitter battle was fought at Menegroth, leading to the death of all of them, and further cursing the gold. Húrin thus brought a curse on Doriath as well, eventually leading to its downfall.

Melian's kind words managed to break through to Húrin's clouded mind, and Húrin finally saw that all his deeds had only aided Morgoth. A broken man, he finally cast himself in the sea and ended his life.

Note that this article includes information from the expanded Narn i Chîn Húrin and the Wanderings of Húrin: the account in the published The Silmarillion has been over-edited for publication.[1][2][3][4][5]


Húrin Thalion were Sindarin words that meant 'Steadfast[6] Hero', and Úmarth meant 'Ill-fate'.

Other versions of the legendariumEdit

In early versions of Tolkien's mythology (see: The History of Middle-earth) his name was Úrin or Úrinthalion.

House of HadorEdit

The House of Hador was previously known as the House of Marach.
Hador Lórindol

Lord of Dor-lómin
Preceded by
Húrin Succeeded by
None, title abandoned
FA 462 - FA 473

See also Edit

  • Manthor, Húrin's closest friend during his imprisonment in Brethil


  1. Unfinished Tales, Part One: The First Age, II: "Narn i Chîn Húrin" (The Tale of the Children of Húrin)
  2. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, I: "The Childhood of Túrin"
  3. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, II: "The Battle of Unnumbered Tears"
  4. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, III: "The Words of Húrin and Morgoth"
  5. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, XVII: "The Death of Túrin"
  6. Unfinished Tales, Index

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