Rían was an Edain of the House of Bëor, and the wife of Huor the mother of Tuor. She 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.
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. She was only a young child during the Dagor Bragollach (Battle of Sudden Flame) in FA 455, when Belegund became a companion of Barahir. Then, she was led to safety with the other women and children with Emeldir. Rían's father died in FA 461.
Around FA 470, when Rían was 20, 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 (Battle of Unnumbered Tears) 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 the Sindar of Mithrim for fosterage. Afterwards, she went to the Haudh-en-Nirnaeth (Hill of the Slain) sometime later in FA 473 and fell into grief 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 23.
The name Rían is thought to have meant "crowned gift" in Sindarin. It may have come from the words rî, 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.
- The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion
- The Children of Húrin: The Childhood of Túrin
- Unfinished Tales pgs. 17 & 68
- The Complete Guide to Middle-earth