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Nienor
Niënor Níniel, by Līga Kļaviņa

Niënor

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Other names
Níniel
Titles
Princess of Dor-lómin
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Female
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Golden
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Blue or grey
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Farewell, O twice beloved! Túrin Turambar turun ambartanen: Master of Doom, by Doom mastered! O happy to be dead!!

–Niënor Níniel, The Death of Glaurung

Niënor also called Niënor Níniel "Tear-Maiden", was Húrin and Morwen's third child, the sister of Túrin Turambar. She was born in Hithlum in the year of Nirnaeth Arnoediad (Battle of Unnumbered Tears). After this battle, the Easterlings settled in the land and oppressed the people of Hador.

BiographyEdit

Nienor remained in Hithlum with her mother Morwen for twenty years, subsequently moving to Doriath in hopes of finding Túrin, who has been sent there earlier. After she and her mother heard a rumour that the mysterious Mormegil of Nargothrond was actually Túrin, they set out with a company of elves for that place. Unfortunately, the dragon Glaurung had just sacked that elven city, and, sensing their approach, he caused a cloud of foul vapor to rise from the Narog. The party's horses panicked and Nienor was separated, at which point the worm Glaurung used his famous abilities to put her in a state of total amnesia.

Eventually, the amnesiac woman was found by Mablung, who intended to take her back to Doriath but they were attacked by orcs while attempting to cross the Taeglin. In confusion and terror, Nienor ran away, tore off her clothes and ran naked through the forest until she fainted.

Turin and Nienor by Ted Nasmith

Túrin finds Niënor on the barrow of Finduilas, by Ted Nasmith

Her brother Túrin found her, naked and terrified, at Haudh-en-Elleth, lying on the grave of his dead lover Finduilas. Because Nienor did not remember her identity and Túrin did not know his sister, as he had never seen her before, he named her Níniel which means "Tear-Maiden", and brought her to safety at Brethil.

The men of Brethil returned to Ephel Brandir soon after. When "Níniel" fell sick, Brandir tended to her, secretly falling in love. However, "Níniel" loved Túrin more, and after three years, they were wed. By the next spring, she was halfway through her first pregnancy.

It was then that rumours of Glaurung's approach reached Túrin, who went out to slay him. Unfortunately, the dragon envenomed him even as he dealt the worm a mortal blow, and Túrin fell into a swoon.

At this unfortunate moment, "Níniel", who feared for her husband's life, went out and found him apparently dead. Glaurung then set off his hidden weapon against Túrin - he removed Nienor's amnesia with his last words. Realising she had married her own brother and was carrying his unborn child, she committed suicide by throwing herself into the ravine at Cabed-en-Aras. Her death sparked a series of events culminating in his suicide, thus fulfilling Glaurung's vengeance.

The tragedy of Túrin and Nienor's love and suicide appear to have been carefully scripted by the dragon Glaurung - this was his most dangerous weapon and the coincidences are too great to be accidental. Nienor arrived, practically gift-wrapped, naked and amnesiac on the grave of Túrin's love, who was tragically murdered; the resonances of this incident are too specific to be accidental.[1][2]

House of HadorEdit

The House of Hador was previously known as the House of Marach.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Gildis
   
   
Hador Lórindol
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Gundor
   
   
Galdor
   
   
Hareth
   
   
   
   
   
   
Glóredhel
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Haldir
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Handir
Morwen
   
   
Húrin
   
   
Huor
   
   
Rían
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tuor
   
   
Idril
   
   
Brandir
Túrin
   
   
Lalaith
   
   
Niënor
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Eärendil
   
   
Elwing
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Elrond
   
   
Elros


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXI: "Of Túrin Turambar"
  2. Unfinished Tales, "Narn i Chîn Húrin (The Lay of the Children of Húrin)"

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