This article is about the King of Doriath. For the steward of Gondor, see Dior (Steward).

Dior, also called Dior Eluchîl, was the son of the renowned Man Beren the One-handed of the House of Bëor (First House of the Edain) and the legendary Elven-princess Lúthien of Doriath. He thereafter became the King of Doriath as he was heir to the throne of King Thingol of Doriath and also became the High King of the Sindar. Dior the Fair was one of the Half-elven for his father was of the race of Men and his mother was Elven.

Biography Edit

Dior lived during the First Age, first in Tol Galen in the East Beleriand where he was born,[3] and later Lanthir Lamath where he married a princess of Doriath, Nimloth, the daughter of Galathil who was a prince of Doriath and the brother of Celeborn. Dior and Nimloth had three children: two sons Eluréd and Elurín, and one daughter Elwing.[4]

After Thingol was slain by the dwarves who coveted the Nauglamir, Dior became King of Doriath as Thingol's only heir-apparent. In Doriath, King Dior and his wife Queen Nimloth lived in peace for sadly only a few years for when the Sons of Fëanor heard that a Silmaril was there they declared war on them.[4]

Dior and Nimloth were slain by the Sons of Fëanor during the Sack of Menegroth to recapture the Silmaril he inherited from his parents. Celegorm, Curufin, and Caranthir were also killed. Dior's sons Eluréd and Elurín were captured during the assault and left to die in the woods of Doriath by the servants of Celegorm. Elwing, however, escaped with the remnant of the Elves of Doriath to the Havens of Sirion, where she wedded Eärendil the Mariner and they together sought pardon and aid from the Valar.[5]

Dior was one of the fairest beings to ever live; a product of three different heritages (races) that of the Ainur (Maiar), Men, and Elves.[6] His grandfather was Barahir (a great chieftain of the Edain) and his grandmother was the well-known Emeldir the Man-hearted through his father Beren, His other grandparents were King Thingol his grandfather and Melian the Maia-queen his grandmother through his mother Lúthien.

Etymology Edit

Dior probably means "successor". He was also called Eluchíl which means "Heir of Elu",[7] Ausir which means "the Wealthy",[8] and Aranel which means "Noble Elf" or "King of Elves".[7]

Line of the Half-elvenEdit

Eluréd and Elurín
Kings of Númenor
Lords of Andunie
Kings of Arnor
Kings of Gondor
Chieftains of
the Dúnedain

The marriages between Elves and Men are in bold.
The half-elven or the Peredhil are in italic.


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዺኦር ?
Arabic ديور
Armenian Դիոր
Belarusian Cyrillic Діор
Bengali ডিওর
Bulgarian Cyrillic Диор
Chinese (Hong Kong) 迪歐 (Dior)

迪歐·埃盧希爾 (Dior Eluchíl)

Georgian დიორ (Dior)

დიორ ელუხილმა (Dior Eluchíl)

Greek Ντίορ
Gujarati ડાયોર
Hebrew דיור
Hindi डायर
Japanese ディオール (Dior)

ディオル・エルヒール (Dior Eluchíl)

Kannada ಡಿಯರ್
Kazakh Диор (Cyrillic) Dior (Latin)
Korean 디오르 (Dior)

디오르 엘루킬 (Dior Eluchíl)

Kyrgyz Cyrillic Диор
Macedonian Cyrillic Диор
Marathi डिओर
Mongolian Cyrillic Диор
Nepalese डिओर
Pashto ضیور ?
Persian دیور (Dior)

دیور الوخیل (Dior Eluchíl)

Sanskrit डिओर्
Serbian диор (Cyrillic) Dior (Latin)
Sinhalese ඩිඔර්
Russian Диор (Dior)

Диор Элухиль (Dior Eluchíl)

Tajik Cyrillic Диор
Tamil டியோர்
Telugu డిఒర
Thai ดิออร์
Ukrainian Cyrillic Діор
Urdu ڈائر
Uzbek Диор (Cyrillic) Dior (Latin)
Yiddish דיאָר
King of Doriath
Preceded by
Dior Succeeded by
None, Kingdom destroyed and title abandoned
FA 504 - FA 506

References Edit

  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XI: The War of the Jewels, Part One: The Grey Annals
  2. 2.0 2.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XI: The War of the Jewels, V. The Tale of Years
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XX: "Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXII: "Of the Ruin of Doriath"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  6. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  8. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. II: The Book of Lost Tales Part Two
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