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"Farewell, O twice beloved! Túrin Turambar turun ambartanen: Master of Doom, by Doom mastered! O happy to be dead!!"
Niënor Níniel, "The Death of Glaurung"

Niënor, also called Níniel, was Húrin and Morwen's third child, the sister of Túrin Turambar. She was born in Hithlum in the year of Nírnaeth Arnoediad. After this battle, the Easterlings settled in the land and oppressed the people of Hador.


Niënor remained in Hithlum with her mother Morwen for twenty years, subsequently moving to Doriath in hopes of finding Túrin, who has been sent there earlier. After she and her mother heard a rumour that the mysterious Mormegil of Nargothrond was actually Túrin, they set out with a company of Elves for that place. Unfortunately, the dragon Glaurung had just sacked that Elven city, and, sensing their approach, he caused a cloud of foul vapor to rise from the Narog. The party's horses panicked and Niënor was separated, at which point the worm Glaurung used his abilities to put her in a state of total amnesia.

Glaurung and Nienor by Rirth

Eventually, the amnesiac woman was found by Mablung, who intended to take her back to Doriath but they were attacked by Orcs while attempting to cross the Taeglin. In confusion and terror, Niënor ran away, tore off her clothes and ran naked through the forest until she fainted.

Her brother Túrin found her, naked and terrified, at Haudh-en-Elleth, lying on the grave of his dead lover Finduilas. Because Niënor did not remember her identity and Túrin did not know his sister, as he had never seen her before, he named her Níniel which means "Tear-Maiden", and brought her to safety at Brethil.

Niënor being cursed by Glaurung, by Lelek1980

The men of Brethil returned to Ephel Brandir soon after. When "Níniel" fell sick, Brandir tended to her, secretly falling in love. However, "Níniel" loved Túrin more, and after three years, they were wed. By the next spring, she was halfway through her first pregnancy.

It was then that rumours of Glaurung's approach reached Túrin, who went out to slay him. Unfortunately, the dragon envenomed him even as he dealt the worm a mortal blow, and Túrin fell into a swoon.

At this unfortunate moment, "Níniel", who feared for her husband's life, went out and found him apparently dead. Glaurung then set off his hidden weapon against Túrin - he removed Niënor's amnesia with his last words. Realising she had married her own brother, was carrying his unborn child and believing he was dead, she committed suicide by throwing herself into the ravine at Cabed-en-Aras. Her death sparked a series of events culminating in his suicide, thus fulfilling Glaurung's vengeance.[2][4]


Niënor means "mourning" and Níniel means "tear-maiden" in Sindarin.[5]

House of Hador

The House of Hador was previously known as the House of Marach.
Hador Lórindol


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ኚአኖር
Arabic نِيهينورْ
Armenian Նինյոր
Belarusian Cyrillic Ниэнор
Bengali ণিএনোর
Bulgarian Cyrillic Ниенор (Nienor)

Ниенор Ниниел (Nienor Niniel)

Catalan Níenor
Georgian ნიენორ (Niënor)

ნიენორ ნინიელი (Niënor Níniel)

Greek Νιενορ
Gujarati નિનિયોર
Hebrew ניינור (Nienor)

ניינור ניניאל (Nienor Niniel)

Hindi णिएनोर
Japanese ニエノール
Kannada ನೀನೋರ್
Kazakh Ниенор (Cyrillic) Niënor (Latin)
Korean 니에노르
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Νиэнор
Macedonian Cyrillic Ниенор
Marathi णिएनोर
Mongolian Cyrillic Ниёнор
Nepalese निएनोर
Pashto نیېنور
Persian نیهنور
Punjabi ਣਿਏਨੋਰ
Russian Ниэнор (Niënor)

Ниэнор Ниниэль (Niënor Níniel)

Sanskrit णिएनोर्
Serbian Νиенор (Cyrillic) Nienor (Latin)
Sinhalese නීනෝර්
Tajik Cyrillic Νиенор
Tamil ணிஎநொர்
Telugu ణిఎనొర
Thai ณิเนโร ?
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ніенор
Urdu نیناور
Uzbek Ниенор (Cyrillic) Nienor (Latin)
Yiddish ניענאָר


  1. 1.0 1.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels, Part One. The Grey Annals
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXI: "Of Túrin Turambar"
  3. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, XIV: "The Journey of Morwen and Niënor to Nargothrond"
  4. Unfinished Tales, "Narn i Chîn Húrin (The Lay of the Children of Húrin)"
  5. The Silmarillion, Index of Names