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c. I 432 - I 466 (lived approximately 34 years); returned and lived I 467 - I 503 (a further 36 years)1
Raised in Dorthonion; after the Quest of the Silmaril, he settled with Lúthien on the island of Tol Galen
Beren means 'bold, daring'2
This famous Beren of the First Age is not to be confused with his namesake, Steward Beren of Gondor, who lived in the last centuries of the Third Age


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  • Updated 14 November 1998
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The one-handed hero of the Quest of the Silmaril

The outlaws of Ladros

The great hero of the First Age who, with the aid of Lúthien Tinúviel and Finrod Felagund, succeeded in gaining a Silmaril from the Iron Crown of Morgoth.



Beren's dates were subject to several revisions, and the full details of his birth and death are unclear. The dates given here are taken from various sources in volume XI of The History of Middle-earth, especially The Grey Annals and The Tale of Years. Beren's date of birth is particularly uncertain; it is given as I 432 in a genealogy of the House of Bëor, but the other dates from that source were revised (in some cases several times), so it is far from certain whether this date was intended to stand.


At least, according to the The Etymologies. (The History of Middle-earth volume V, The Lost Road and Other Writings III The Etymologies). Beren seems to have a taken his name from his grandfather, the father of his mother Emeldir, who was the first of his House to use the name Beren.

See also...

Anfauglir, Angrist, Aranel, Barahir, Bëorians, Beren, Beren, Bow of Bregor, Camlost, Carcharoth, Celegorm, Dairuin, Dark Throne, Dior, Dírhavel, [See the full list...]


About this entry:

  • Updated 14 November 1998
  • Updates planned: 17

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