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This article is about the man of Dorthonion. For the other namesakes, see Barahir (disambiguation).

Barahir was an Edain Man of Dorthonion during the First Age, heir to the House of Bëor, youngest son and last child of Bregor, the fifth chieftain of the People of Bëor, and husband of Emeldir who was also of the House of Bëor through the line of Belen, the youngest son of Bëor. Barahir was most famous for being the father of the renowned Beren Erchamion. He was also the fourth Lord of Ladros and the seventh and probably last Chieftain of the Bëorians after his deceased elder brother Bregolas.[2][3] Besides his elder brother, Barahir had three elder sisters: Bregil, Hirwen, and Gilwen.[4]


Earlier, Barahir had fought at the Dagor Bragollach, saving Finrod Felagund's life earning him and his house the friendship of the House of Finarfin. For this, he received the Ring of Barahir, which was then handed down the family line. After the Dagor Bragollach by FA 456[1], Barahir lived with twelve companions on the highland of Dorthonion at Tarn Aeluin as outlaws defying the will of Morgoth, whose forces hunted him and his company like wild beasts.[5] The members of Barahir's outlaw band was his son Beren, his nephews Baragund the elder and Belegund the younger, Radhruin and Dairuin, Dagnir and Ragnor, Gildor and Gorlim the Unhappy, Arthad, and Urthel, and Hathaldir the Young. As for his wife Emeldir, she parted from Barahir when she became the leader of the women and children of Bëor's folk that fled Dorthonion. For her bravery in this, Barahir's wife was known as Emeldir the Man-hearted,

For five years, Barahir led his doomed band of outlaws until FA 460 when they were betrayed to Sauron by Gorlim, a lovesick member of Barahir's outlaw band and Barahir was killed at Tarn Aeluin, along with everyone in his company save for Beren his son, who was gone on an errand for them and thus luckily happened to not be there. Barahir's remains were buried in a cairn by his son at Tarn Aeluin save for his hand which was chopped off by Gorgol, an Orc captain of Morgoth. Beren later slew Gorgol and recovered the Ring of Barahir. Barahir's son then escaped Dorthonion after all and lived on to fulfil a great destiny.[6]


Barahir's service to Finrod and House of Finarfin left behind a legacy of respect between the House of Bëor, later generations of Men, and Elves. This friendship led to the close association of the Elves and the Dúnedain of Númenor and Arnor and Gondor. His ring also became an heirloom of the Dúnedain of the North of Middle-earth.

Later namesakes

Barahir was also the name of the eighth Steward of Gondor and was also the name of the grandson of Faramir and Éowyn in the Fourth Age, who wrote The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen.

Behind the scenes

The character of Barahir evolved out of the character Egnor bo-Rimion (see The Book of Lost Tales and Beren and Lúthien novel). In the original Barahir was originally a Gnome, an Elf. The Tale of Tinúviel saw a 1925 (and later) edit that changed Egnor into Barahir a Noldoli Elf. At some point the character evolved into a Man. However, its noted in 'Beren and Luthien that the in the original pre-1917 transcript which J.R.R. Tolkien erased and wrote over that Beren was originally a Man, before he rewrote the character as an Elf, and would go back to making him a Man in Lay of Leithian (though the narrative included in the new novel has Beren switching between both races depending on the section documents).


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ባራሂር
Arabic باراهير
Armenian Բարահիր
Belarusian Cyrillic Барахір ?
Bengali বারাহীর
Bulgarian Cyrillic Барахир
Cambodian បារាហិរ
Catalan Bàrahir
Chinese (Hong Kong) 巴拉漢
Georgian ბარაჰირი
Greek Μπάραχιρ
Gujarati બારહીર
Hebrew באראהיר
Hindi बरहिर
Japanese バラヒア
Kannada ಬರಾಹಿರ್
Kazakh Бараһір (Cyrillic) Barahir (Latin)
Korean 바라히르
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Бараhир
Macedonian Cyrillic Барахир
Marathi बरहिर
Mongolian Cyrillic Бараhир
Nepalese बरहिर
Pashto باراهیر
Persian باراهیر
Punjabi ਬਰਹਿਰ
Russian Барахир
Sinhalese බරහිර්
Tajik Cyrillic Бараҳир
Tamil பர்ஹிர்
Telugu బర్హిర్
Thai บาราเฮียร์
Ukrainian Cyrillic Барагір
Urdu بآرہیر
Uzbek Бараҳир (Cyrillic) Barahir (Latin)
Yiddish באַראַהיר
Chieftain of the House of Bëor
Preceded by
Barahir Succeeded by
FA 455 - FA 460
Lord of Ladros
Preceded by
Barahir Succeeded by
FA 455 - FA 456