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This article is about the wife of Húrin. For the other namesakes, see Morwen (disambiguation).

Morwen was an Adan of the House of Bëor, the daughter of Baragund and the wife of Húrin Thalion and the mother of Túrin Turambar.[1]

Morwen was tall, dark-haired and beautiful to where people called her Eledhwen, the elven-fair and at times very proud and stern and spoke little, traits which she passed on to her son Túrin.


Morwen was born in Ladros in the northeast of Dorthonion to Baragund and an unnamed wife. She married Húrin of the House of Marach. After Dagor Bragollach, she and her folk moved northeast through the Ered Wethrin and after enduring great losses and finally came to Dor-lómin in Hithlum and were well received by the folk there. It was here that she and her husband had their three children, Túrin, Niënor Níniel, and Lalaith.[2]

Morwen and Turin by Filat

Morwen, the elven-fair with her young son Túrin, by Filat

Húrin went off to fight in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad but never returned as the battle was lost. After the defeat of the Union of Maedhros, the savage Easterlings came to Hithlum to claim their new land as a reward for fighting for the Dark Lord. The Easterlings were cruel and took many slaves including the young and old. Morwen resisted the new Easterling lords that took over Húrin's land, and sent Túrin away to Doriath and the court of King Thingol, to prevent him from being taken as a slave. However, none of the Easterlings dared take Morwen's home, for they believed she was a witch and in league with elves, although she had no such power.[3] After most of the danger had passed, she went to Doriath looking for Túrin. Niënor followed her against her commands, but she was accepted by Thingol.[2][4]

Morwen was alarmed at not finding her son in Doriath, and after staying for a while she and Mablung left to search for Túrin. Niënor followed against Morwen's will for a second time. While they sought for Túrin in the forest, Glaurung the dragon came upon them. He gave Niënor amnesia with his dragon magic and left. When Mablung found Niënor, she ran off into the woods, and was not seen by Morwen again. Morwen returned to Doriath after this sad incident.[2][4]

Alan Lee - The Death of Morwen

The Death of Morwen, by Alan Lee

Morwen met her husband Húrin once again after the death of Túrin and Niënor. At their children's grave Húrin found Morwen, ragged, tired, and sorrowful. They spoke their last words together, and then Morwen died with the setting of the sun and was buried with her children.[5][6]

Their grave marker remained after the drowning of the Beleriand at the end of the First Age on the isle of Tol Morwen off the coast of Forlindon, which was no doubt named after her.[7]


The name Morwen is Sindarin for "Dark Maiden", from mor ("dark") and -gwenn or -wen ("maiden"). Her epithet Eledhwen means "Elf-maiden", from eledh ("elf").[8] Eledhwen is interpreted as "Elfsheen".[9]

Other versions of the legendariumEdit

In other versions, Éowyn of Rohan was given the name "Éowyn Elfsheen daughter of Théoden".[10]

House of HadorEdit

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


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVII: "Of the Coming of Men into the West"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXI: "Of Túrin Turambar"
  3. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, IV: "The Departure of Túrin"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, XIV: "The Journey of Morwen and Niënor to Nargothrond"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXII: "Of the Ruin of Doriath"
  6. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, XVII: "The Death of Túrin"
  7. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Second Age, "Introduction"
  8. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  9. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  10. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 7: The Treason of Isengard, XX: "The Riders of Rohan"

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Polish Morwena Eledhwen
Russian Морвен

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