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Stone of the Hapless

Type: Miscellaneous


A tall stone marking the graves of Túrin Turambar and Morwen Eledhwen, and also memorializing the loss of Nienor Níniel:
Túrin they laid in a high mound where he had fallen, and the shards of Gurthang were laid beside him. And when all was done, the Elves sang a lament for the Children of Húrin, and a great grey stone was set upon the mound, and thereon was carven in runes of Doriath:


and beneath they wrote also:


But she was not there, nor was it ever known whither the cold waters of Teiglin had taken her.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 21, Of Túrin Turambar

[Húrin] came at last to the place of the burning of Glaurung, and saw the tall stone standing near the brink of Cabed Naeramarth.

But Húrin did not look at the stone, for he knew what was written there; and... he was not alone. Sitting in the shadow of the stone there was a woman, bent over her knees....

[They] sat beside the stone...; and when the sun went down Morwen sighed and clasped his hand, and was still; and Húrin knew that she had died.... Then he rose up, and he made a grave for Morwen above Cabed Naeramarth on the west side of the stone; and upon it he cut these words: Here lies also Morwen Eledhwen.

It is told that a seer and harp-player of Brethil named Glirhuin made a song, saying that the Stone of the Hapless should not be defiled by Morgoth nor ever thrown down, not though the Sea should drown all the land; as after indeed befell, and still Tol Morwen stands alone in the water beyond the new coasts that were made in the days of the wrath of the Valar.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 22, Of the Ruin of Doriath

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 12Dec09

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