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Depiction of Thuringwethil in human form

Thuringwethil was a female Maia who took the shape of a vampire and served Sauron at Tol-in-Gaurhoth (the former Tol Sirion), and also Morgoth, during the First Age.


Thuringwethil was Sauron's herald and was stationed at Tol-in-Gaurhoth by the time of the Quest for the Silmaril. She was probably slain or died during the fight between Sauron and Huan in the fortress.

She served as a herald, or a messenger, for Sauron at Tol-in-Gaurhoth. Her origins were not mentioned, but her ability to take forms suggest that she was a Maia. She was described to have fingered-wings and iron claws. Lúthien was disguised as Thuringwethil and introduced herself as such upon infiltrating Angband.[1]

'Thuringwethil I am, who cast
a shadow o'er the face aghast
of the sallow moon in the doomed land
of shivering Beleriand.'

― Lúthien in her disguise, Lay of Leithian, Canto XIII[2]


Thuringwethil means "Woman of the Secret Shadow"[3] from the Sindarin thurin ("secret") and gwath ("shadow").[4]


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ጥሁሪንግወትሂል
Arabic ثورينجويثيل
Armenian Տհուրինգւետհիլ
Belarusian Cyrillic Тhурінгўетhіл
Bengali থুরিন্গ্বেথিল
Bulgarian Cyrillic Тхурингветхил
Burmese ဌုရိင္ဝေထိလ္ ?
Chinese (Hong Kong) 瑟林威西
Greek Θυρινγωεθιλ
Georgian თურინგვეთილი
Gujarati થિંગિંગવિલેથલ
Hindi ठुरिङ्वेथिल
Hebrew תורינגוותיל
Kannada ಟ್ಯೂರಿಂಗ್ವೆಥಿಲ್
Kazakh Тһұрінгуетһіл (Cyrillic) Thuringwethil (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Тhурингвэтhил
Macedonian Cyrillic Тхурингветхил
Marathi थिंगवेथील
Mongolian Cyrillic Тhурингwэтhил
Nepalese ठुरिङ्वेथिल
Pashto طهورینګوېتهیل
Persian طهورینگوهتهیل ?
Punjabi ਥਿੰਗਵੈਥਿਲ
Russian Тхурингвэтиль
Sanskrit ठुरिङ्वेथिल्
Serbian Тхурингветхил (Cyrillic) Thuringwethil (Latin)
Sinhalese ඨුරිඞ්වෙථිල්
Tajik Cyrillic Тҳурингwетҳил
Tamil துரிங்வெத்தில் ?
Telugu తురిగ్వేతిల్
Ukrainian Cyrillic Тгурінґветгіл
Urdu ٹہورانگویتھال
Uzbek Тҳурингwетҳил (Cyrillic) Thuringwethil (Latin)
Yiddish טהורינגוועטהיל


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIX: "Of Beren and Lúthien"
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 3: The Lays of Beleriand, III: "The Lay of Leithian"
  3. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  4. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names