Beren

Beren, son of Barahir, cut a Silmaril from Morgoth's crown as the bride price to marry Lúthien, the daughter of the Elf-king Thingol and Melian the Maia.

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“Thereafter for four years more Beren wandered still upon Dorthonion, a solitary outlaw; but he became the friend of birds and beasts, and they aided him, and did not betray him, and from that time forth he ate no flesh nor slew any living thing that was not in the service of Morgoth.” ~The Silmarillion

Beren Recovers A Silmaril - Anke Eissmann

Beren Recovers a Silmaril - Anke Eissmann

Beren was a man from the House of Bëor in the First Age. The great tale of Beren and Lúthien tells of his love for the elf daughter of King Thingol and the Maiar Melian, and leads him on a quest to obtain a Silmaril from Morgoth’s Iron Crown. Beren is the ancestor of Aragorn, King of Gondor, one of the Fellowship in the War of the Ring.

Overview

  • One of the Edain (Men)
  • Son of Barahir and Emeldir the man-hearted
  • Belonged to the noble House of Bëor in Dorthonion
  • Fell in love with Luthien, daughter of Thingol and Melian
  • The only elf or man to recover a Silmaril from Morgoth’s crown

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Youth

  • The Dagor Bragollach occured during his youth and led to the downfall of his people
  • Lived with his father and 11 followers in Dorthonion

 

Young Adulthood

  • After the death of his father, Beren sought vengeance.
  • He hunted the responsible Orcs, killing Gorgol and reclaiming his father’s hand and the Ring of Barahir.
  • During this period, he abstained from hunting and consuming meat, focusing on creatures hostile to Morgoth.
  • Beren developed a fearlessness towards death but dreaded captivity and bondage.
  • Morgoth escalated the bounty on his head, leading to Sauron and Draugluin forcing him out of his homeland.
  • Beren traversed the perilous Nan Dungortheb forests, entering Doriath and breaching the Girdle of Melian.
  • In Doriath, he encountered and fell in love with Lúthien, the Sindar princess and daughter of Thingol and Melian.

 

Quest for the Silmaril

  • Thingol, Lúthien’s father, refused to permit Lúthien’s marriage unless Beren retrieved a Silmaril from Morgoth’s crown.
  • Beren and Lúthien, aided by Finrod of Nargothrond and Huan the Great Hound, undertook this perilous mission.
  • They surpassed challenges, even defeating Sauron, Morgoth’s formidable lieutenant.
  • Beren cut a Silmaril from Morgoth’s crown using his knife, Angrist.
  • Despite obtaining a Silmaril during their escape from Angband, the monstrous wolf Carcharoth, bred by Morgoth, awoke.
  • Beren hoped the Silmaril’s radiance would deter Carcharoth, but the plan failed.
  • Carcharoth bit off Beren’s hand, consuming both it and the Silmaril, earning Beren the name Erchamion (One-hand).
  • Carcharoth unleashed havoc in Doriath, prompting the Eagles of Manwë to rescue Lúthien and the unconscious Beren.
  • When Beren faced Thingol, he revealed his achievement and loss of the Silmaril, earning the name Camlost (Empty-handed).
  • Beren joined the hunt for Carcharoth, resulting in the beast’s demise and the recovery of the Silmaril
  • Beren suffered mortal wounds when Carcharoth was slain.

 

Return to Middle-earth

  • Upon learning of Beren’s death, Lúthien lay down and died.
  • Her soul journeyed to the Halls of Mandos, where she charmed Mandos and secured a wish.
  • Both Beren and Lúthien were miraculously restored to life, but as mortals destined to experience the death of Men.
  • Also, their ultimate fate involved departing beyond the walls of Arda to an unknown place.

 

A Mortal Life

  • Beren and Lúthien, now mortals, resided on Tol Galen in the river Adurant in Ossiriand, distancing themselves from other mortals.
  • Beren played a role in the events of the First Age once more, intercepting Dwarves who had raided Menegroth and stolen the Nauglamír along with the Silmaril.
  • Lúthien gave birth to Dior, Thingol’s heir, renowned as one of the most beautiful beings with the combined blood of Men, Elves, and Ainur.
  • Through their descendants, the blood of Beren and Lúthien endured among the Eldar and the Edain, including Aragorn.