Barahir

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This article is about a Man of the First Age. For the Steward of Gondor, see Barahir (Steward). For the grandson of Faramir, see Barahir (Fourth Age).
Barahir
Tolkien's legendarium character
Aliases 'The Bold'
Race Men
Gender male
Book(s) The Silmarillion,
The Lays of Beleriand
(The Lay of Leithian)

Barahir is a fictional character in the Middle-earth universe of the English author J. R. R. Tolkien. He appears in The Silmarillion, the epic poem The Lay of Leithian and the Grey Annals.

Character overview[edit]

In Tolkien's legendarium, Barahir was a Man of Ladros, heir to the House of Bëor in the First Age. He was the son of Bregor, husband of Emeldir, and most famous as the father of Beren Erchamion, who later was to marry Lúthien Tinúviel and result in the first union of Elves and Men.

Biography[edit]

Barahir fought at the Dagor Bragollach, in which the armies of the enemy Morgoth defeated the Elves and Men of the northern realms of Beleriand, including Barahir's land Ladros. His elder brother and Lord of the House Bregolas was slain together with the majority of warriors, but Barahir was battling further westward nigh the Pass of Sirion. There he saved the Elven-lord Finrod Felagund, but with great loss. Finrod swore an oath of friendship to Barahir and his kin, and as a token for this he gave Barahir a ring which became known as the "Ring of Barahir", and was handed down the family line.

After the ruin of this battle most of his people fled from their land, but Barahir took the Lordship of the House on himself now and remained defending the land. Morgoth pursued his folk until few remained, and the forest of Dorthonion was turned to mazes of shadow and dread, Taur-nu-Fuin. Then Barahir's wife Emeldir gathered the remaining women and children and departed to Brethil.

They made their lair by the Tarn Aeluin in south-eastern Dorthonion. They were betrayed to Sauron by Gorlim, who longed to see his wife again and submitted to the lies of Sauron. Their secret lair was then discovered and Barahir's men were slain. Only his son Beren escaped the slaughter, hunting alone in the wilds. He raised a cairn over his father's bones, and creeping into the Orcs' camp, slew their chieftain and recovered Barahir's hand and Ring.

Family tree of the House of Bëor[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
Bëor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baran
 
 
 
Belen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Boron
 
 
 
Beldir
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Boromir
 
 
 
Belemir
 
Adanel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Andreth
 
Bregor
 
 
 
Beren
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bregolas
 
Barahir
 
Emeldir
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baragund
 
Belegund
 
Beren
 
Lúthien
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morwen
 
Rían
 
 
 
Dior
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Túrin
 
Tuor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eärendil
 
 
 
Elwing
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elros
 
Elrond