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Huor
Character from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium
Race Men
Book(s) The Silmarillion,
Unfinished Tales

Huor is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He was introduced in The Silmarillion as a hero of Men during the First Age. Huor was a grandson of Hador of the Third House of Edain, and lived in the Hadorian fief of Dor-lómin in Hithlum. His father was Galdor the Tall and his mother Hareth of the Haladin, and he had an older brother Húrin. Both brothers were fair of face and golden-haired, but while Húrin was shorter than his kin, Huor was "the tallest of all the Edain save his own son Tuor only, and a swift runner. ... There was great love between the brothers, and they were seldom apart in their youth." (Narn i Chîn Húrin)

In the Year of the Sun 458 of the First Age Huor and Húrin lived with their uncle Haldir in the forest of Brethil, when they joined a war party against Orcs. The brothers ended up in the Vale of Sirion, and were cut off from their company and chased by Orcs. The Vala of Waters Ulmo caused a mist to arise from the river, and the brothers escaped into Dimbar. There two Eagles picked them up, and brought them to Gondolin. King Turgon of Gondolin welcomed the brothers, remembering Ulmo's prophecy that the House of Hador would aid Gondolin in their time of greatest need. Turgon would them remain as he grew to love them, but the brothers wished to return to their kin. They swore an oath to keep Gondolin secret, and Eagles brought them back to Dor-lómin.

In Y.S. 462, Morgoth assailed Hithlum, and Huor's father Galdor fell defending the Barad Eithel. His elder son Húrin, though only 21 years old, now became the Lord of Dor-lómin. His wife was Morwen of the House of Bëor, and in 472 Huor wedded her cousin Rían. Their son was named Tuor by the father even before birth, but was never seen by Huor.

Two months after the marriage to Rían Huor was summoned with his brother to lead his people to war. During the Nírnaeth Arnoediad Huor fought alongside Húrin and the Folk of Hador for Fingon. In the midst of battle Huor met again with Turgon, and prophesied that "from you and from me a new star shall rise", referring to Eärendil the Mariner, son of Tuor and Idril daughter of Turgon. When the battle was lost, the Folk of Hador took a last stand fighting off the Orcs, allowing Turgon to escape, "of all the deeds of war that the fathers of Men wrought in behalf of the Eldar most renowned". Huor was finally slain by a poisoned arrow that hit him in the eye. Rían bore a child before the end of the year, departed and died upon Haudh-en-Ndengin, where the body of her husband was taken by the Orcs.

Huor's death by arrow into the eye may be a reference to Harold Godwinson, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, who is held to have died in the Battle of Hastings by being shot in the eye with an arrow. Their deaths are also symbolic in a sense, in that they both died during the last resistance against their conquerors.

Descent of Tuor Eladar

 
 
Bëor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baran
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marach
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Boron
 
 
 
Haldad
 
Malach
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Boromir
 
 
 
Haldar
 
Magor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bregor
 
 
 
Haldan
 
Hathol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bregolas
 
 
 
Halmir
 
Hador
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Belegund
 
Baragund
 
Hareth
 
Galdor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rían
 
Morwen
 
Húrin
 
Huor
 
Rían
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Túrin
Turambar
Urwen
Lalaith
Nienor
Níniel
 
 
Tuor
Eladar
 
Idril
Celebrindal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elwing
 
Eärendil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elros
 
Elrond

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