Hengest is the name of the son of Ottor Wæfre (Eriol/Ælfwine) and brother of Horsa, who exists by way of mythology external yet connected to J.R.R. Tolkien's early legendarium (of a new mythology for England), affiliated with the story of Finn and Hengest. He also appears in Tolkien's rendition of Beowulf (trans. by J.R.R. Tolkien).
Ælfwine was intended to be the introductory voice adapting Middle-earth, and a number of other legends into his greater 'new mythology for England' concept. Hence his son Hengist also appears across other stories. This was a matter to which J.R.R. Tolkien gave much time and thought; he lectured on it at Oxford and developed certain original theories, especially in connection with the appearance of Hengest in Beowulf. Ultimately there are at least three different histories for person/persons known as Ælfwine/Eriol including Ottor, Luthien, and one other (from c. 500, 900, and 1000 A.D. respectively).
- ↑ Tolkien, J.R.R.. The Book of Lost Tales, Part One: Part One: 1 (History of Middle-Earth) (p. 13). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.