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Rian and Huor by Filat
Rían bids farewell to her husband Huor, by Filat


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Rían was an Edain woman of the House of Bëor, and the wife of Huor the mother of Tuor.


Rían was the daughter of Belegund and the cousin of Morwen and was born around 450 of the First Age in probably in Ladros, Dorthonion. Rían was a gentle hearted woman and was a lover of nature, especially trees and flowers, and loved neither hunting nor war. She was also a singer and composed songs. She was only a young child during the Dagor Bragollach in FA 455, when Belegund became a companion of Barahir. Then, she was led to safety with the other women and children with Emeldir, the mother of Beren to Dor-lómin where the House of Hador dwelt. Rían's father died in FA 461.[1]

Around FA 470, when Rían was twenty, she wedded Huor of the House of Marach, whose brother Húrin was married to Rían's cousin Morwen. They were married only two months for Huor joined the armies of the Edain in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad and was slain in combat with a poison arrow. Soon after that, Rían gave birth to a son, Tuor and during the winter months she entrusted him to Annael of the Sindar living in the hills Mithrim for fosterage.[2][3] Afterwards, she went to the Haudh-en-Nirnaeth sometime later in FA 473 and fell into grief and despair upon seeing the horror of the losses of the battle where her husband was killed, and then laid herself on the mound and died. She was only twenty-three years old.[4][5][3][6]


Rían was Sindarin word.[7] The name Rían is thought to have meant "crowned gift" in Sindarin. It may have come from the words , meaning "crown", and ann, meaning "gift". The ending 'an' could also have come from the word anna, meaning "give", which is also found in Sindarin.[Source?]


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVIII: "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIII: "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Unfinished Tales, Part One: The First Age, II: "Narn i Chîn Húrin" (The Tale of the Children of Húrin)
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXI: "Of Túrin Turambar"
  5. Unfinished Tales, Part One: The First Age, I: "Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin"
  6. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, I: "The Childhood of Túrin"
  7. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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